Danica Patrick is the first female in NASCAR history to win the pole for the Daytona 500. One day after recording the fastest lap in practice, Patrick made her qualifying lap yesterday around the two-and-a-half mile Daytona International Speedway at 196-point-434 mph to grab the top starting position for the February 24th season-opener in the Sprint Cup Series. Patrick is also the first female driver to win a pole in Sprint Cup history. Her best finish in ten Sprint Cup races is 17th and she has one top-5 in 58 starts in the second tier Nationwide series. Jeff Gordon will share the front row with Patrick coming up Sunday in the Daytona 500. The three-time winner of NASCAR's most prestigious race of the season, Gordon turned a lap at 196-point-292 miles per hour. The rest of the 43-car field will be set following Thursday's twin-qualifying races at Daytona. We’ll have live coverage of the qualifiers on the radio, joining the action in progress around two o’clock Thursday afternoon following Ken Delaney's Walk Across Branch County emergency home heating assistance fundraiser.
Our broadcast of the Daytona 500 on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 begins at 12 Noon Sunday