Danica Patrick Wins Daytona 500 Pole

Feb 16, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) during a practice session for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Danica Patrick was consistently coming in as one of the fastest cars during practice sessions for the Dayton 500 and now she has staked her claim as the top dog. Patrick earned the pole position for the Daytona 500 after qualifiers at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick becomes the first woman in NASCAR history to sit in the pole position with a lap of 196.434 mph.

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“It would definitely be a high point memory. I think Daytona has such a legendary following. Somebody said winning the pole for the Daytona 500 was the fourth-biggest race. It’s clearly a very important moment in the year,” Patrick said. “What the fans need to understand is we’re holding it wide open, but it’s not just a car. There’s so many little things the team does to be ready to go out there.

“I think it shows how hard Stewart-Haas Racing has worked on this new car. I think there’s a lot to be proud of there. … Obviously Hendrick has done a really good job giving us good engines.”

The 2013 Daytona 500 will be held on February 24. We will be watching closely to see if Patrick takes advantage of her pole position and capitalizes on her historic accomplishment.

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Topics: Danica Patrick, Daytona 500, NASCAR

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