Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Danica Patrick made more NASCAR history
on Sunday by becoming the first female to a lap in the 55-year history of the
Patrick led lap 90 and ran in front for one more circuit around the 2.5-mile
Daytona International Speedway before Denny Hamlin took the top spot away from
During a caution, Patrick exited pit road in first during a round of stops.
Michael Waltrip did not pit and the led the way for the restart, but Patrick
quickly charged ahead of Waltrip to take the lead.
One week ago, Patrick earned the pole position for the Daytona 500 after
posting the fastest lap in time trials. She became the first woman to win a
pole for a race in NASCAR's premier series. Just before Patrick led the field
of 43 cars for the start of this race, she said to her No. 10 Stewart-Haas
Racing team over the radio, "Let's have a smooth, flawless race."
Patrick is a rookie contender in the Sprint Cup Series this season. During her
rookie season in the IndyCar Series in 2005, she was the first female ever to
lead in the Indianapolis 500. Patrick finished fourth in that race.
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