Danica Patrick's Historic Drive at Daytona

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Danica Patrick will start from the pole position in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500.

Patrick became the first woman in NASCAR’s premier division to win a pole and the 11th consecutive first-time pole-sitter for the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway.

Prior to Speedweeks, Stewart-Haas Racing hedged its bets by purchasing the owners points from the No. 49 team to secure Patrick’s position in the 2013 Daytona 500.

But as Patrick proved on Sunday, the odds were in her favor.

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