Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/17/13

WATKINS GLEN, NY - JULY 05: Danica Patrick driver of the #7 Motorola Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda stands in the pits during practice for the IRL IndyCar Series Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on July 5, 2008 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Was Danica Patrick hot today at Daytona? No, she was on fire, turning the fastest lap in yesterday’s practice sessions a week before the season-opening Daytona 500, “The Great American Race.” Can Danica Patrick hot enough to get pole position for the NASCAR season opener? Patrick was nearly a second faster than the other drivers Saturday. The front row for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 will be set in Sunday’s time trials. The rest of the field is set next Thursday after a pair of qualifying races. “Everything that we do is to make sure that we do whatever we can to be on the pole,” Patrick told the AP. “That is what we all are shooting for.” Patrick hopes her Stewart-Haas Racing team can secure places in the field on Sunday. “It would be really nice for all of us to know we were in the race,” she said. “It’s nice to know as a team, but it’s also nice to know for your (sponsors) like GoDaddy and all the other people that are involved in the car. That is who really pays for you to be out there on the track.” Placing second was three-time champion Tony Stewart, her teammate and car co-owner. Kyle Busch was third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray as Chevy took four of the top five spots. Finally, a reason for all the media at Daytona to talk about something other than Danica Patrick personal life. We’re talking about racing again instead of her divorce and boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too. The post Danica Patrick hot at Daytona 500 practice: records fastest lap appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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