Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Credit: Chris Graythen/ Getty Images If I told you Danica Patrick was going to win the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500, you would have probably called me crazy. Crazy or not, Patrick shocked a ton of people. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver made history by becoming the first woman ever to win a pole award in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  What makes the story much more surreal is the fact that she is on the pole for the “Great American Race”.  That alone should tell you something. Whether you like her or not, the pole she won today was a great day for the sport.  Mark Martin’s comments say it all. “It’s a pretty big day when Dale [Earnhardt] Jr. sits on the pole here.  It’s a bigger day when Danica does it, and for good reason. It’s never been done.” The pole will allow Danica Patrick and the sport to gain tons of exposure.  Major news media will post this to the front page of their websites, and even newspaper outlets will publish her on the front page of their newspapers. The more exposure NASCAR receives from this, they might get more of a younger demographic of fans.  Thats what the sport needs right now.  Regardless of how much exposure the sport gets, the sport will gain exposure and all in all, its a great thing. There is one other positive to this.  Fans were disappointed with the way the racing was during last night’s Sprint Unlimited.  I’m pretty sure that with Danica Patrick on the pole for the 500 might help cure some of the disappointment from last night.  While I too was disappointed with the racing, I think this makes up abit for that. Overall, today was a great day not only for Danica Patrick, but also for the sport of NASCAR.

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