Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 11/19/14
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick made NASCAR history today during Coors Light Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500, becoming the first female driver to win a pole at NASCAR’s top level – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. During qualifying for the sport’s marquee event, Patrick turned a lap of 196.434 mph (45.817 seconds), giving her the first starting position for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 (1 p.m. on FOX, FOX Deportes, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio). It was the fastest Daytona 500 pole-winning speed since 1990. Patrick shattered the previous record for top starting spot by a female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Janet Guthrie previously held the mark, twice starting ninth in 1977. She started ninth at Talladega Superspeedway on Aug. 7, 1977 and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977. The previous best starting position for a female in the Daytona 500 was 18th by Janet Guthrie in 1980. This is Patrick’s second NASCAR pole, also winning the Coors Light Pole for the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona last season. The only other female to win a NASCAR national series pole was Shawna Robinson in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1994. Already a NASCAR record holder, Patrick set the mark of best finish by a female driver in NASCAR national series history when she finished fourth in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. She finished 10th in the final 2012 NASCAR Nationwide points standings, the top finish by a female in NASCAR national series history. Patrick, who is running for the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, is the first rookie to win the Daytona 500 pole since Jimmie Johnson in 2002. -NASCAR PR
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton suffers two lower back fractures in car accident

Report: Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano to three-year deal

Mark Jackson calls out Warriors owner during Sunday sermon

Cam Newton involved in car accident in Charlotte

Johnny Manziel reportedly to start for Browns in Week 15

Brandon Marshall on Cutler: I would have buyer’s remorse, too

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cardinals, Yankees may get involved on Max Scherzer

Kobe: If Lakers were the Titanic, I’d go down with that

Report: Lester's four contract offers in 6-year, $150M range

Marshawn Lynch thinks media will keep him from Hall of Fame

White Sox acquire Jeff Samardzija from A's

AUDIO: Marvin Lewis calls Johnny Manziel a 'midget'

Glazer: ESPN are ‘lying bastards’ over stealing Manziel report

JJ Watt featured on South Park holiday episode

Urban Meyer's wife cried tears of joy when OSU made Playoff

Kevin Klein loses part of his ear, scores game-winning goal

Jay-Z left in disbelief by LeBron's ridiculous fadeaway

NFL playoff hopefuls: Sling it at your own risk

Goodell named finalist for TIME's Person of the Year

Big Ten fans mass-ordering NJIT shirts to troll Michigan

Durant: I don't give a damn what people got to say

MVP Power Rankings: Rodgers running away as favorite

LeBron breached protocol putting his arm around Kate

Oregon unveils new all-green uniforms for Rose Bowl game

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Glazer rips ESPN over Manziel report

Cam Newton involved in accident

Report: Manziel to start for Browns

Aaron Rodgers the favorite for MVP?

LeBron breached protocol putting his arm around Kate

Lynch: Media will keep him out of Canton

Gina Carano, Henry Cavill break up again

Rondo: I'm a top-three NBA player

11 amazing NFL stats from Week 14

Jackson: Knicks think like losers

Drummond takes photo of himself going 96 mph

Florida player rants about bowl selection

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.