Danica Patrick wins pole for Nationwide race at Daytona – ESPN

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick won the pole Friday for the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona.

Patrick became the first woman to secure the top qualifying spot in NASCAR’s second-tier series since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta on March 12, 1994.

The former IndyCar star turned a fast lap of 49.250 seconds around the high-banked speedway, averaging 182.741 mph.

“I’m just happy I could turn the wheel, push the pedal down and start on the pole. It’s great to be in this position,” Patrick said.

Trevor Bayne qualified second, followed by Elliott Sadler, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon.

via Danica Patrick wins pole for Nationwide race at Daytona – ESPN.

 

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