Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Danica Patrick Wins Daytona 500 Pole, Becomes First Woman To Win A Cup Series Pole

Danica Patrick
Nick Laham, Getty Images

Danica Patrick won the pole of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, becoming the first woman in NASCAR history to win the pole position of a Cup Series event. Patrick turned in a qualifying speed of 196.434, besting fellow drivers Jeff Gordon, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Newman and teammate Tony Stewart.

Gordon was the only other driver to exceed 196 mph. He and Patrick will be on the front row for next Sunday’s Daytona 500, the first points race of NASCAR’s 2013 Sprint Cup season. The remainder of the field for the race will be decided through qualifying races in Daytona on Thursday.

Patrick zipped around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 45.817 seconds. While she became the first woman to win a pole in any Cup Series event, Patrick won the pole for the Nationwide event at Daytona last year.

Patrick had the best lap — 196.220 mph — during Saturday’s practice, while Stewart had the second-fastest run.

Next: NFL Prospect Arrested

Best of 1280 KSLI

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSLI Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSLI Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.