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.