The Daytona 500: Danica’s Extraordinary Day

Much history was made today in the sport of NASCAR.Danica Patrick was the first woman to ever lead the pack of 43 cars to the green flag in a Sprint Cup Series event. The previous best start by a woman was 9th, accomplished by Janet Guthrie.  Patrick’s history-making day did not end there. During Lap 90 of the race, she became the first ever woman to lead a lap in a Sprint Cup Series event under the green flag. Guthrie once led five laps under caution,  but never during the green flag.  Danica was able to hold her own the entire race, as the farthest back that she ever got was in 11th place. She was in the top 5 for mos of the race. In the end, Danica finished in the 8th postion, the best ever finish by a woman in The Great American Race. The eventual winner of the race was 5-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who mad history of his own by becoming the 10th driver to have won the race at least twice. This feat was accomplished in his 400th career Sprint Cup start.


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