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Danica Patrick Wins The Pole At The 2013 Daytona 500

Danica PatrickDanica Patrick is no stranger to first, nor to making history when it comes to the sport that she loves.

But she can add a new feat to her list of accomplishments. That would be the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500, which she claimed on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick drove the fastest lap at Daytona, running 196.434 mph. She was one of the first to go out for qualifying on the day, having to wait for 37 other drivers to go after her to finally find out that she won the pole position.

Jeff Gordon was the driver who got closest to her, topping out at 196 mph to secure the second of the two guaranteed spots at the start of the 2013 Daytona 500. The rest of the field will be determined at the duel qualifying races that will take place later in the week on Thursday.

With those top-two spots solidified though, BetOnline Sportsbook has reformed their odds, with the other qualifying still to go before the race on Sunday.

Patrick is currently going off at +3000 on Daytona 500 Betting Odds, which is well behind some of those at the top of the list. Despite the fact that she is the pole sitter, Patrick isn’t getting too much love from oddsmakers, but a 30/1 payout could be pretty nice if she were to pull off the improbable and win the Daytona 500.

Patrick hopes that her run at the 2013 Daytona 500 is better than last year, when she crashed on the second lap with fellow driver Jimmie Johnson. She went on to finish 38th. she was qualified to the inside lane last year, so this year will certainly be a lot different from the start at the very least.

It’s likely that Patrick’s betting line will not change much on online sportsbooks, because her qualifying position is solidified. Most of the rest of the field still will be trying to earn their spots, which will shift the line.

The 2013 Daytona 500 will be held on this Sunday at 1pm ET, on Fox. For those interested in the qualifying races, Speed Channel will pick those up on Thursday afternoon back-to-back until they are finished.

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