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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 NASCARmedia.com
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