Danica Patrick Takes Pole at Daytona 500

Danica Patrick will start from the Daytona 500 pole position after posting the fastest qualifying speed for the Great American Race on Sunday (February 17) and becoming the first woman to take the pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup event. Patrick, who ran a partial Sprint Cup program last year, signaled she was ready to race full-time against the big boys of American stock car racing by clocking 196.434 mph (316.11 kph) around Daytona International Speedway.