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Patrick back near home, ready for Sprint Cup run

Danica Patrick checks her helmet in her car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
Danica Patrick checks her helmet in her car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press

JOLIET, Ill. — Danica Patrick is back in the Chicago area and looking forward to another Sprint Cup race at what is essentially her home track.

Patrick grew up in Roscoe, about 116 miles from Chicagoland Speedway. This will be her sixth Cup start this year in the No. 10 Chevrolet. She hasn't finished higher than 29th.

She's in 11th place in the Nationwide Series standings.

Patrick has raced nine times at Chicagoland — six times on the IndyCar Series. She finished 10th in a Nationwide race at the track in June 2011.

Patrick says she loves being in the Chicago area and has plenty of people coming out to the track — including some relatives from Canada.