Countdown to the Daytona 500: Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to clinch pole position Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The Daytona 500 is 13 days away, and we’re counting down the days until the NASCAR season begins at Daytona International Speedway with memorable moments at the most prestigious race in the sport.

Danica Patrick accomplished plenty of firsts during her racing career, and one of the most memorable was during her full-time debut in the Cup Series in 2013.

During qualifying, Patrick became the first woman in NASCAR history to clinch pole position. Her No. 10 Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing went 196.43 mph around the track, and her lap time was 45.81 seconds.

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During the race, Patrick became the first woman to ever lead a lap in the Cup Series.

Patrick went on to finish eighth in the race as Jimmie Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the win.

It was Patrick’s best finish at Daytona for her career, and she will try to surpass that on Feb. 18 in her final appearance in the Cup Series.

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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