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Danica needs quick recovery

Updated: March 31, 2014, 2:26 PM ET
By Brant James | Special to espnW.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Hands thrust deep into the pockets of her fire suit, brim of her baseball hat pulled down low over her brow, Danica Patrick delivered a prescient bit of context for a benchmark moment of her season.

Patrick had qualified 10th Friday for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, advancing to the second round of the new knockout qualifying format and producing the best -- by far -- non-restrictor-plate start of her Sprint Cup career.

Progress, certainly, in ...

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