Danica Patrick

Keith Strudler: Danica Patrick

Feb 27, 2013

By all accounts, last week was a good week for Danica Patrick. First she won the pole position to Sunday’s main event. Then she dominated press week and avoided any kind of slip that often accompanies that intensity. And finally, she finished eighth overall in the race, entering the final lap in the top three with a legitimate chance to win. So all and all, I’d say it was a really nice week.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 25, 2013
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Yesterday was a big day for Nascar as Jimmie Johnson snatched the lead position, winning his second Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and Danica Patrick, who began the race as the first female pole sitter, finished in eighth-place.

There were several crashes but none approached the magnitude of the wreck that injured more than two dozen fans a day earlier in a second-tier race on the same track.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. 

It was the biggest achievement of her four-year NASCAR career.

Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.