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Posts Tagged ‘Janet Guthrie.’

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.

NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 won for third time by Kahne

 

Kasey Kahne (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Kasey Kahne drove to victory Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, North Carolina.

It is the third win of his career in NASCAR’s longest race and the first as a driver for Hendrick Motorsports.

Kahne took the checkered flag almost five seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch finished third and Greg Biffle, the Sprint Cup points leader was fourth.

Kahne is the 16th Hendrick driver to win a race.

Kahne’s win also gave owner Rick Hendrick his 201st Sprint Cup series win.

Danica Patrick became the first woman to drive in the race since Janet Guthrie in 1976. Patrick was five laps down at the end of the race but finished 30th. It was her best finish in three career Sprint Cup races.

Danica’s next Sprint Cup race will be on August 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway,

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news