Found February 17, 2013 on Race Review Online:
There are few moments in sports that are heard and remembered around the world. There’s “The Pass” and “The Shot” or “The Shot Heard Around the World.” Now, there’s “The Lap Heard Around the World” as Danica Patrick set a lap of 196.434 mph in her No. 10 Go Daddy Chevrolet, putting her on the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500. Never has there been this much buzz around qualifying for any race in NASCAR history. Everyone watched with suspense to see whether her lap set early in the session would hold up. She was the eighth car out which helped her as far as daytime heating on the track goes, and helped Fox keep viewers tuned in for the duration of the broadcast. Now we can now talk all week about Patrick and the Daytona 500 pole accomplishment as her lap was the fastest qualifying speed around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway since 1989 and the second fastest restrictor plate qualifying speed. Her biggest threat on the day was her teammate Ryan Newman who for a long time was second quickest with a speed of 195.946 mph, but veteran Jeff Gordon shocked everyone when he set the second quickest speed as the only other driver to top the 196 mph bracket with a lap of 196.292 mph. Newman would wind up fourth behind the duo and start on the front row alongside Gordon in the first duel on Thursday. It will be a Patrick/Gordon front row for the 500 next week as those are the only two spots locked in to the show. Everyone else will have to race for their starting position in Thursday’s Budweiser Duels at DIS which will air at 2 PM ET on Speed. The third member of Stewart-Hass Racing and owner of the team Tony Stewart was fifth quickest in today’s qualifying session with a lap of 195.925 mph. Stewart, was the first qualifier of the session and will start third exactly one row behind Patrick in race one on Thursday. 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne driving for the Wood Brothers was third quickest on the day with a speed of 195.976 mph. He will start alongside Patrick on the front row of the first duel Thursday afternoon. Daytona 500 Qualifying Results: 1. 10 Danica Patrick 2. 24 Jeff Gordon 3. 21 Trevor Bayne 4. 39 Ryan Newman 5. 14 Tony Stewart 6.   5 Kasey Kahne 7. 11 Denny Hamlin 8. 18 Kyle Busch 9. 22 Joey Logano 10. 20 Matt Kenseth   11. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. R 13. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 14. 27 Paul Menard 15. 13 Casey Mears 16. 33 Austin Dillon R 17. 99 Carl Edwards 18. 15 Clint Bowyer 19. 56 Martin Truex Jr. 20. 31 Jeff Burton   21. 48 Jimmie Johnson 22.   1 Jamie McMurray 23.   2 Brad Keselowski 24.   9 Marcos Ambrose 25. 29 Kevin Harvick 26. 43 Aric Almirola 27. 16 Greg Biffle 28. 55 Mark Martin 29. 34 David Gilliand 30. 38 David Ragan   31. 26 Michael Waltrip 32. 35 Josh Wise 33. 78 Kurt Busch 34. 98 Michael McDowell 35. 95 Scott Speed 36. 32 Terry Labonte 37. 51 Regan Smith 38.   7 Dave Blaney 39. 47 Bobby Labonte 40. 36 J.J. Yeley   41. 83 David Reutimann 42. 93 Travis Kvapil 43. 87 Joe Nemechek 44. 19 Mike Bliss 45. 52 Brian Keselowski   Photo courtesy of The post Daytona 500: Lap heard around the world Danica Patrick sits on Daytona pole appeared first on Race Review Online.

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