Sprint Cup Chase, Danica Patrick remains a lightning rod, more mail

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Despite her popularity, Danica Patrick has struggled to silence critics without a signature NASCAR win.

Despite her popularity, Danica Patrick has struggled to silence critics without a signature NASCAR win.

And it's not like Earnhardt is a mid-pack driver. He's currently fifth in the standings and virtually a lock to qualify for the Chase. I still think he'll win at least once before the start of the Chase. I'm think it will happen at Richmond on Sept. 7, but he could surprise next Sunday at Indy. Earnhardt finished fourth at the Brickyard last year.