Danica Patrick wins the pole position for the Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A strong weekend has led to a big prize for a potential star in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

After having the fastest speed in practice on Saturday, Danica Patrick followed it up with a strong run during Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday to win the pole position for the prestigious race.

Patrick completed her qualifying lap with a speed of 196.434 miles per hour to grab the top spot for next Sunday’s race which will be her second at the Daytona International Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series. She also becomes the first female driver to win a pole position for the Daytona 500.Last year Patrick qualified 29th for her first Daytona 500 but her debut was hindered by an accident on the second lap in which her car was collected. She ended up finishing 38th. Jeff Gordon was second in qualifying and will start next to Patrick in the front row. The rest of the qualifying spots for the Daytona 500 will be determined during Thursday’s duel races.

6 comments

  • MeatPlow

    Danica's on the Pole. HA!

    Get ready for a season of her intense whining and racing at the back of the pack for that 22nd spot..

    • Chuck Wilson

      Rigged to build up the ratings? Kinda wonder…

      Regardless, she'll fall back in the field within the first few laps just like she did in indycar.

  • Guest

    So everyone let her win the pole so more people will watch the race… 5 laps in ..she'll wipe out …crying the rest of the race.. Blaming it all on somebody else…

  • Gene Monroe

    Anybody remember 1996 and Loy Allen? The first rookie to sity on the pole at Daytona with Hooters sponsorship. Lasted a couple of years and didn't make much of a splash after that. Not saying this will happen to Danica but, restricter plate qualifying is about the people who mouint the bodies, the engine builders and engineers, not so much the drivers. The next few races will show her talent level to this point. I hope she does well, but the kudos go to the crew.

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