Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 2/26/13
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Regardless of the fact that she is a female and that she is a rookie, when it comes to analyzing Danica Patrick's Daytona 500 performance, you grade her by the same criteria you would Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and the other Sprint Cup drivers. Let's be clear, Danica did a good job. She came to Daytona and took advantage of a very fast race car that her Sprint Cup team had prepared for her. She didn't waste the opportunity. She took advantage of the opportunity. Even going back to January when we had the three-day test at Daytona International Speedway, Danica has been showing everyone what she is capable of. She did everything that was asked of her and she did it correctly. I know there were a lot of people that were shocked she won the pole position for the Daytona 500. I really wasn't. We had watched her be fast in testing. We had watched her be fast in practice when we came back for Speedweeks. Winning the pole position really was just a continuation and ...
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