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Danica Patrick: first female NASCAR pole winner

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The Go driver made NASCAR history Sunday afternoon when she became the first female pole winner at Daytona Motor Speedway, USA Today reported.

Danica Patrick of Roscoe, Ill beat out the likes of Jeff Gordon earning the number one of two assured spots in in the qualifying race on Sunday. Posting a lap of 196.434 mph, Patrick is the first woman in NASCAR history to win the pole for any race, CNN said.

Winning the pole sets her up to lead the first lap of the Daytona 500, the first race of the NASCAR season.

Fellow Chevy driver Jeff Gordon came in second in the pole, making him the only other driver besides Patrick who will not have to race for their Daytona 500 starting position in the Gatorade Duels this Thursday, CNN said.

The Daytona 500 will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

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