You go, girl: Danica Patrick wins Daytona 500 pole

NEED TO KNOW
  • She's first woman in NASCAR history to win a pole position
  • Veteran racer Jeff Gordon qualified second
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Danica Patrick has made history by becoming the first woman in NASCAR to claim a pole position -- and she did it on the sport's biggest stage, the Daytona 500.

Patrick's 196.434 mph lap in Sunday's qualifying earned her the honor. Jeff Gordon claimed the second slot.

Many thought this day would never come, but Patrick has proven that she deserves to be taken seriously -- and perhaps even feared.

Our friends over at Bleacher Report have the full story and analysis.

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