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Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:57 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 7:39 pm
 


By Pete Pistone


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick rebounded from her Gatorade Duel crash on Thursday in a big way by winning the pole for the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Patriuck turned a lap of 182.741 mph in her JR Motorsports Chevrolet to top the 50 car field in Friday's qualifying session.

It was her first career NASCAR pole. Patrick became the first female to win a NASCAR pole since Shawna Robinson in 1994 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“I am happy with Tony, Jr. (Eury, crew chief),” Patrick said. “Since the first time we came here, he has put so much effort into it and all the times he’s come here, he never had a pole at Daytona, so it was something he’s never done and I was glad to be the one to push the pedal down and turn the wheel.

"It has a lot of pressure and I'm now nervous ... everyone who sits on the pole is going to be expected to do well." 

Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.

Saturday's race begins Patrick's first full season in the Nationwide Series.

Start No. Driver Make Speed (mph)
1 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 182.741
2 60 Trevor Bayne Ford 182.715
3 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 182.671
4 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 182.593
5 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 182.411
6 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 182.308
7 33 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 182.249
8 88 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 182.109
9 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 182.094
10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 181.829
11 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 181.635
12 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 181.496
13 44 Mike Bliss Toyota 181.43
14 1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 181.327
15 30 James Buescher Chevrolet 181.2
16 43 Michael Annett Ford 181.057
17 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota 180.966
18 36 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 180.93
19 11 Brian Scott Toyota 180.886
20 14 Eric McClure Toyota 180.737
21 70 Johanna Long Chevrolet 180.61
22 20 Joey Logano Toyota 180.578
23 27 David Ragan Ford 180.332
24 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 179.917
25 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 179.655
26 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 179.594
27 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 179.251
28 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 179.072
29 15 Timmy Hill Ford 178.816
30 97 Johnny Sauter Toyota 178.664
31 41 Blake Koch Ford 178.501
32 08 Casey Roderick Ford 178.105
33 24 Benny Gordon Toyota 178.08
34 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 178.01
35 39 Joey Gase Ford 177.641
36 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 177.235
37 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 177.19
38 28 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 177.099
39 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Owner Points
40 81 Jason Bowles Dodge Owner Points
41 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Owner Points
42 52 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Owner Points
43 10 Jeff Green Toyota Past Champion
Failed to Qualify
44 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 177.809
45 73 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 177.103
46 42 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 176.967
47 47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 176.208
48 74 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 175.898
49 76 Donnie Neuenberger Ford 173.742
50 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 175.002


 
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Category: Auto Racing
Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:09 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

You go, girl.  This never would have happened if you had not let go of that steering wheel.  Ignore the haters.  Good Luck. 



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Just keep it on the track, Danica!!

Maybe it's her niche, NASCAR.  We'll soon find out . . as long as she is in front, and is supported by the pit crew, she surely has a chance.
   However, she does get nervous . . as evidenced by some episodes at Indy.  Unlike my Indy brother-in-law, from here in Europe, we wish her a successful 500!



Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:52 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

Great story!  She pulled off a wonderful surprise considering some of the people she raced against for the pole!  Not bad for a young lady who was in a heart breaking wreck on the last lap yesterday!  I will be rooting for the "Go Daddy" girl!  Awesome story!



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:06 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

How can any Man not be a fan of Danica,she is a good driver and is real easy on the eyes....Cool



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:00 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

hah guess you shut em up danica!!!!



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

Need tissues?






Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

Who said she can't drive???? You Go Girl!!!!



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

Child like...



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:54 pm
 

Danica Patrick takes Daytona Nationwide pole

Cool ! ! !


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