Danica Patrick has won the Dayton 500 pole position and has made history to become the first woman to have done it according to Fox News on Feb. 17. This is the biggest achievement for Danica in her four year NASCAR career. Patrick went out eighth on Sunday in the qualifying session and ran the 2 1/2 mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds which is an average of 196.434 mph.
Danica has not had much success in either the Nationwide Series or the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. She had to wait for two hours while 37 other driver tried their best to beat her fast speed at the qualifying session at Daytona, Fla. Jeff Gordon was the only other driver to average 196 mph which gave him the second spot on the front row for the big race which will be held next Sunday. The rest of the racing field will be determined by dual 125 mile qualifying races set for Thursday.
"That's a really big deal because qualifying for the Daytona 500 is a really interesting thing," Patrick said. "If you're anywhere but the front row, it's really hard to see on race day. I'm proud of all the hard work that goes into making a pole. It’s not just turning left."
Patrick started her rise to fame in racing by finishing fourth in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. She also finished third in the 2009 Indy 500 and became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race by winning the 2008 Japan 300.
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