Dancia Patrick makes history at Daytona

Danica Patrick won the pole Sunday for the Daytona 500, the first woman in history to do so. (Photo: Greg Engle)

Danica Patrick won the pole Sunday for the Daytona 500, the first woman in history to do so. (Photo: Greg Engle)

DAYTONA BEACH Fla – Dancia Patrick made history Sunday becoming the first female driver in NASCAR history to win a pole in the Sprint Cup Series. Patrick, campaigning the entire Sprint Cup season for Stewart-Haas Racing broke a track record with a speed of 196.434 early in the session and will lead the field to the green next Sunday in NASCAR’s biggest race the Daytona 500.

Patrick went out for her two laps early in the session hitting the track eighth of the 45 cars. Her closest challenge came from Jeff Gordon who took the second spot with a speed of 196.292.

“I appreciate the recognition,” Patrick said. “But it really falls 90 percent on Tony (Gibson crew chief) and his guys; everybody that gives me the car to go out there and be fast and maybe 10 percent on me.” MORE>>>

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