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Danica Patrick on the pole for the 55th running of the Daytona 500; first female to achieve feat

Danica Patrick (megasportsnews.com photo)

Race car driver Danica Patrick is used to making history on the track.

She was the first woman to lead laps at the Indianapolis 500 in 2009 finishing third and to win a motor sport event in the IndyCar in Japan in 2008.

Her most recent “first” is winning the Daytona 500 pole winner last week. By doing so, she became the first woman to grab the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s top circuit.

Patrick captured the pole with a lap at 196.434 mph around the historic Daytona International Speedway track. Only Jeff Gordon came the closest to taking her spot by being the only other driver to top 196 mph.

Patrick dives the #10 Chevrolet SS.

The previous highest qualifier in a Cup race for a female, was 1977 when Janet Guthrie started ninth at both Bristol and Talladega.

This is good news to Patrick’s long-line of followers, who have seen her struggle in three NASCAR seasons. Her best finish in 10 Sprint Cup races is 17th and she has only one to-five finish in the Nationwide Series where she finished 10th in the standings in 2012.

Keselowski wins Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway

 

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SPARTA, KENTUCKY — Driving his backup car, Brad Keselowski raced to his third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps to go and held off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway.

Brad Keselowski's winning car

This year’s race went smooth as silk after track and Kentucky government officials spent the 365 days widening ramps, roads and highways and added 20,000 parking spaces. The initial Cup race in 2011 was marred by severe traffic jams and congestion which resulted in thousands of angry fans that got turned away due to no parking spaces being available.

Brad Keselowski (R) with crew chief, Paul Wolfe

The 28-year-old Keselowski, who is from the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, Michigan, won his seventh win in his five years in the Sprint Cup Series. He has two other wins this season at Bristol and Talladega.

The always-energetic and humorous Keselowski, was driving his backup car after wrecking the right side of his top car into the wall in a collision with Juan Pablo Montoya during practice earlier in the week during practice sessions. That accident occured on his first lap on the track.

Kasey Kahne came through with a late surge to finish second; Denny Hamlin was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in fourth and Jeff Gordon was fifth.

2011 race champion Kurt Busch had the dominant car early in the first half of the race before he was bumped into a wall and had to battle suspension problems and a shock absorber which dropped into a non-contention state.

Tony Stewart was never a factor as he fell to the back of the pack with fuel-injection problems.

 

 

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Stenhouse wins Nationwide race in Iowa

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (photo by John Harrelson of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr held off the only NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders in the Nationwide Series field, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, and became the first Nationwide regular to win on the circuit since Justin Allgaier won at Bristol in March 2010.

Edwards, who won the Sprint Cup All-Star race at Charlotte on Saturday night, fell behind his Roush-Fenway Racing teammate with 18 laps to go and finished second, more than four seconds behind Stenhouse.

Keselowski, who captured the inaugural Nationwide event at Iowa in 2009, finished third, followed by Reed Sorenson and Elliott Sadler.

Kenny Wallace, who joins Jason Keller as the only drivers to run 500 Nationwide races, finished sixth. Wallace’s brother Rusty designed the 7/8th mile oval track at Iowa.

 

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Busch holds off Edwards, Harvick to win Fontana Nationwide race

 

Kyle Busch (file photo)

 

Kyle Busch’s pit strategy late in the Nationwide race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, allowed him to take the lead and hold off Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick to win the race.

Edwards and Harvick traded leads for most of the 150-lap race before deciding to get four tires on their final pit stop with less than 20 laps left.

Busch, however, waited until only 13 laps to go, and decided to get two tires, putting him ahead after leaving pit road.

Busch survived a final-lap bump into the wall, to win for the fifth time in his past six races at Fontana.

Busch, one of NASCAR’S controversial and volatile drivers, won at Bristol last week, has won three of five Nationwide races and has 46 wins in his career, two behind Mark Martin on the all-time list.

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Ambrose mistake leads to a Jimmie Johnson win at Infineon Raceway

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There was no doubt that Marcos Ambrose was in command of winning Sunday’s race  at Sonoma, California, home of Infineon Raceway.

But Ambrose made a big late-race mistake that cost him his first career Sprint Cup Series victory and gave Jimmie Johnson his first win on a road course.

Jimmie Johnson (nascar)

Ambrose stalled his engine while trying to save gas under caution, and his car came to a stop while leading with six laps remaining. He restarted and tried to re-claim his position at the front of the field, but NASCAR ordered him back to seventh place and Johnson inherited the lead.

Johnson then cruised uncontested to the win, while Ambrose had to settle for a disappointing sixth-place finish.

It was another bad defeat for Ambrose, a road racing champion who has come up short of a win several times in NASCAR because of various reasons, some his own doing.

Johnson, the four-time defending series champion won for the fourth time this season, but his first win since Bristol in March, a 10-race drought that many called a slump.

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