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NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick speaks to the media after winning the pole for the Nationwide DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, Feb. 24, 2012.
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Danica Patrick drives her car during qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Drive4COPD 300 Friday.
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Danica Patrick's car slides down the track after a crash during the first of two NASCAR Daytona Duel 150 qualifying auto races in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.
From the full story by NBC Sports: Patrick became the first woman to secure the top qualifying spot in NASCAR's second-tier series since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta on March 12, 1994.
Slideshow: Danica Daze - Images of Danica Patrick from her years with IRL, IndyCar and now NASCAR.