(Daytona, FL) - Danica Patrick became the first woman to ever capture pole position for a NASCAR top-flight race after qualifying first for the upcoming Daytona 500.
Patrick's speed of 196.434 miles-per-hour was the fastest during Sunday's qualifying session at the two and-a-half mile superspeedway, placing her on the front row next to former Pittsboro, Indiana resident, Jeff Gordon .
Patrick finished tenth in her first complete season on the Nationwide circuit in 2012. She is driving a full Sprint Cup schedule this year under the Stewart-Haas Racing banner, which is co-owned by Columbus, Indiana native, Tony Stewart.
The previous highest female qualifier for a cup race was Janet Guthrie, who started ninth at Bristol and Talladega in 1977.
The Daytona 500 is Sunday, February 24th, at 1:00.
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