Danica Patrick won the pole of the 2013 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, running a lap of 196.434 mph (45.817 seconds). Patrick became the first female in NASCAR history to win a pole in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
The previous qualifying record of a female Sprint Cup Series driver was held by Janet Guthrie, who twice started ninth in 1977. The only other woman to win a pole in one of NASCAR’s national touring series was Shawna Robinson, who won the pole of a Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1994.
Jeff Gordon posted the second-fastest time of the day, running a lap of 196.292 mph (45.850 seconds). He and Patrick will start on the front row for the Daytona 500. The rest of the field will be set in the Duels.