Another lost opportunity for Danica Patrick at Kansas

Danica Patrick had a potential top-15 day going at Kansas Speedway before being involved in the nasty wreck that sent Aric Almirola to the hospital with a broken back and had Patrick thankful to be OK.

Patrick also had been involved in a hard crash a week earlier at Talladega Superspeedway and a couple of weeks before that at Bristol. Add in an engine issue at Las Vegas, and that's four finishes of 36th or worse to go along with a season-opening Daytona 500 where an accident ended her day in 33rd.

She has no top-15 finishes and just two top-20 finishes in the 11 races this year, leaving her 33rd in the NASCAR Cup standings. Just how bad is that? She is listed ahead of only two drivers -- Corey LaJoie on and Jeffrey Earnhardt -- who also have made 11 starts this year.

So no wonder she was frustrated when Joey Logano had something break in the right front of his car, turning his car to the left into hers and sending her into the wall in a crash that happened with the cars running 215 miles an hour, according to Logano.

"I feel absolutely horrible," Patrick said. "I just don't understand why such bad luck happens. ... I was having a really good night, and that's what made me the most mad.

"Every time I'm doing better, something stupid happens. It's just killing me. I don't know of any other way to say it."

Patrick got out of her car quickly after the accident and joked that she knew not to walk toward the track because she had gotten fined for that last year. She wanted to talk to Logano because she was obviously upset about the wreck.

"He said he had a failure, I can't say it made me feel that much better in the moment. ... I am just frustrated for the lack of breaks I get," she said. "It seems like everytime things are going better and something happens, I get crashed or am in a crash."

Patrick was panned somewhat on social media for joking about where she was walking after her accident, a joke that some felt showed a lack of empathy for Almirola in the crash. The former IndyCar driver has seen bad injuries -- and worse -- occur in races where she's competing. She also had seen Almirola in the care center before she came out.

"I hope Aric is OK," she said. "He's definitely feeling the worst of everybody. NASCAR does everything they can to make our cars as safe as possible. Things happen. His car looked the least damaged of all of ours ... One of these times, one of these times these accidents aren't going to go good for me. I've been very fortunate so far."

She just hopes some of that fortune goes beyond being able to walk away from accidents. She has managed just 115 points this year and sits 135 points out of the current NASCAR playoff cutoff.

The playoffs likely seem far away for Patrick. She has not had a top-10 finish in 75 consecutive races. Her last top-10 came in April 2015 at Bristol. That was a full two years ago.

"I have a team that works hard ... and I hope we are saving up for a really good run of good luck," she said.

Xfinity Series: It's time for Bell

Christopher Bell makes his Xfinity Series debut May 27 at Charlotte. The Toyota-backed Kyle Busch Motorsports driver who is considered a favorite to win the truck title and who has a race victory already this year, Bell will run eight Xfinity races for JGR.

He will drive the No. 18 car at Charlotte as well as the final four races of the year at Kansas, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. He will drive the No. 20 car in June at Iowa and in September at Richmond.

"Going to JGR is something I didn't dream of as a kid because it wasn't something I dreamed was a possibility," Bell said.

Camping World Truck Series: Rhodes knocking on door

Ben Rhodes could be excused for feeling a little, well, like Kyle Busch these days.

He had led 25 laps at Kansas, including 18 consecutive laps before his engine expired with eight laps remaining to hand the win over to Busch, who has seen several potential Cup wins this year slip away.

The 2014 K&N East champion has 41 combined starts in the Xfinity and Truck series. He has had 11 top-10 finishes and led 100 laps. But no wins.

"We did everything right, but Ben Rhodes has a curse on his back or something because something always goes wrong. ... It's just crazy because something always goes wrong with our team," Rhodes said.

"We do everything right. We just can never pull one off."