Historic day for NASCAR, for Danica Patrick and for the world

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, looks on after winning the pole award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, looks on after winning the pole award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH FLA. – Danica Patrick’s pole winning run came early Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Patrick, driving in her first full year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing, went out eighth and broke the track record.

She and the rest of NASCAR were then forced to sweat it out as 37 other drivers took their shot at the front spot. The only other driver who came close was Jeff Gordon who just missed the pole with a speed less than four hundreds of a second.

In the end Patrick took the top spot for NASCAR’s biggest race the Daytona 500, becoming the first woman to score a pole in the Sprint Cup series. MORE>>>

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