In qualifying today for the Daytona 500 that only set the guaranteed front row spots for the event Danica Patrick blew away the field to become the first female ever to win a Sprint Cup poll. Sitting along side of her on the front row is Jeff Gordon. Danica qualified her car early and had to wait for over 30 to complete their qualifying runs before it was fully over with.
Her qualifying speed of 196.434 MPH is the second fastest time ever recorded for the event during the restrictor plate era. You have to go back all the way to 1989 and Ken Schrader to find a driver faster than Danica. Danica though is not a stranger to being a poll sitter at Daytona though as she was the poll sitter last year for the February Nationwide Series event.
"This is a fast Chevy," said Danica Patrick. "This just speaks volumes about Stewart Haas Racing."
Ricky Stendhouse Jr stated that this car car has been the best that is has been all weekend.
"Awesome lap," said Jeff Gordon. He also stated that he was the fastest guy today.