But only one couple trade paint with each other in screaming racecars at 200 mph. I feel like last year we really made a big effort to celebrate the good days more so than come down to the misery level of the other person," Patrick said during an interview arranged by sponsor Aspen Dental. It made a big difference." Patrick finished 24th in points last year with just two top-10 finishes — her third straight disappointing season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. She's no longer the va-va-voom sex kitten of the Go Daddy commercials.
Said Patrick about Hamlin: "He did everything just right. He understands the draft, and the side draft very well, and he had just the right amount of help from behind.
Matt Kenseth was out to a little bit too much of a lead to not have someone get a run on him.
Since announcing the couple's decision to part ways, Patrick has been very open about her new relationship with NASCAR rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 25.
The couple is frequently been photographed together, and often make public appearances together.
The subject will be hard for the two to avoid as they compete against each other this season for rookie of the year honors in NASCAR's top Sprint Cup Series.