Thursday, February 23, 2012
Updated: Welcome To NASCAR, Danica Patrick.
Danica Patrick was doing a great job until the last lap of Race #1 at the Duel at Daytona when Jamie McMurray got into Aric Almirola who in turn shoved Danica to the inside wall at 193mph. It was a massive hit, but thanks to the SAFER barrier and other safety measures she walked away without a scratch.
She will start 29th.
Tony Stewart won Race #1 and Matt Kenseth won Race #2.
UPDATE: Talk about the Comeback Kid! 24 hours after the lowest point in her NASCAR career, Danica Patrick turned a fast lap of 49.250 seconds, averaging 182.741 mph to win the Pole for Saturday's Nationwide race. She's only the 2nd woman in history to win a Pole in a major NASCAR series since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March, 10 1994.
She just added quite a bit of cred to her resume.
Here's the starting order for Sunday's Daytona 500: