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Danica Patrick 1st woman to win Daytona 500 pole

(ABCNEWS.GO) — Danica Patrick has won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race.

It was the biggest achievement of her four-year NASCAR career.

Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.

“Hopefully, there are good things to come,” Patrick said.