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The need for speed wins one woman the pole position in the Daytona 500

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Danica Patrick became the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500 -- and a Sprint Cup event -- on Sunday when she posted a lap of 196.434 mph.

Janet Guthrie qualified ninth in 1977 at Talladega Superspeedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, which marks the previous best starting spot for a woman.

There have been only two previous poles for women in NASCAR history.

Patrick last year when she won the pole for Daytona's Nationwide race, and Shawna Robinson in a 1994 Nationwide race in Atlanta.

The Daytona 500 is Sunday, February 24th.

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