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Nationwide - Daytona - Qualifying times

Danica Patrick becomes the first female driver to win pole position in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race since Atlanta in March 1994.
Danica Patrick's time of 49.250s (182.741mph) was seven-thousandths of a second ahead of Trevor Bayne, and that was enough to put her on pole position for Saturday's Nationwide Series opener.

Patrick becomes only the second female driver in history to claim pole position in any race in NASCAR's three national championships: Shawna Robinson qualified on pole position at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 1994

Elliott Sadler and Dale Earnhardt Jr. start on the second row of the grid. Nationwide Series rookie Austin Dillon starts from fifth place, alongside Sam Hornish Jr. who - like Patrick - is a former IndyCar Series driver.

Morgan Shepherd, Derrike Cope, Erik Darnell, Scott Speed, Mike Harmon, Donnie Neuenberger and Chase Miller all failed to make the 43-car grid for Saturday afternoon's Drive4COPD race.

Qualifying times

1. #7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 49.250s (Leader) 182.741mph
2. #60 Trevor Bayne Ford 49.257s (-0.007) 182.715mph
3. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 49.269s (-0.019) 182.671mph
4. #5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 49.290s (-0.040) 182.593mph
5. #3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet 49.339s (-0.089) 182.411mph
6. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 49.367s (-0.117) 182.308mph
7. #33 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 49.383s (-0.133) 182.249mph
8. #88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet 49.421s (-0.171) 182.109mph
9. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 49.425s (-0.175) 182.094mph
10. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 49.497s (-0.247) 181.829mph
11. #38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 49.550s (-0.300) 181.635mph
12. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 49.588s (-0.338) 181.495mph
13. #44 Mike Bliss Toyota 49.606s (-0.356) 181.430mph
14. #1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 49.634s (-0.384) 181.327mph
15. #30 James Buescher Chevrolet 49.669s (-0.419) 181.199mph
16. #43 Michael Annett Ford 49.708s (-0.458) 181.057mph
17. #18 Denny Hamlin Toyota 49.733s (-0.483) 180.966mph
18. #136 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 49.743s (-0.493) 180.930mph
19. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 49.755s (-0.505) 180.886mph
20. #14 Eric McClure Toyota 49.796s (-0.546) 180.737mph
21. #70 Johanna Long* Chevrolet 49.831s (-0.581) 180.611mph
22. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 49.840s (-0.590) 180.578mph
23. #27 David Ragan Ford 49.908s (-0.658) 180.332mph
24. #54 Kyle Busch Toyota 50.023s (-0.773) 179.917mph
25. #19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 50.096s (-0.846) 179.655mph
26. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 50.113s (-0.863) 179.594mph
27. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 50.209s (-0.959) 179.251mph
28. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 50.259s (-1.009) 179.072mph
29. #15 Timmy Hill Ford 50.331s (-1.081) 178.816mph
30. #97 Johnny Sauter Toyota 50.374s (-1.124) 178.664mph
31. #41 Blake Koch Ford 50.420s (-1.170) 178.501mph
32. #108 Casey Roderick Ford 50.532s (-1.282) 178.105mph
33. #124 Benny Gordon Toyota 50.539s (-1.289) 178.080mph
34. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 50.559s (-1.309) 178.010mph
35. #39 Joey Gase* Ford 50.664s (-1.414) 177.641mph
36. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 50.780s (-1.530) 177.235mph
37. #40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 50.793s (-1.543) 177.190mph
38. #28 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 50.819s (-1.569) 177.099mph
39. #50 T.J. Bell+ Ford 50.867s (-1.617) 176.932mph
40. #81 Jason Bowles+* Dodge 50.891s (-1.641) 176.849mph
41. #4 Danny Efland+ Chevrolet 51.016s (-1.766) 176.415mph
42. #52 Reed Sorenson+ Chevrolet 51.286s (-2.036) 175.486mph
43. #10 Jeff Green Toyota Champion's provisional

Did Not Qualify

44. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 50.616s (-1.366) 177.809mph
45. #73 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 50.818s (-1.568) 177.103mph
46. #42 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 50.857s (-1.607) 176.967mph
47. #47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 51.076s (-1.826) 176.208mph
48. #174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 51.166s (-1.916) 175.898mph
49. #176 Donnie Neuenberger Ford 51.801s (-2.551) 173.742mph
50. #46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 51.428s (-2.178) 175.002mph

* indicates rookie



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Jack Fischer - Unregistered

February 25, 2012 6:36 AM

I believe what is happening to Danica is great, she's earned it. That being said, I am not the most knowlageable person when it coms to NASCAR. Why isn't Jimmy Johnson in this race?

Andrew - Unregistered

February 25, 2012 12:22 PM

Jack: this is Nationwide Series race, which is one level down from the top Sprint Cup series. As a five-time Cup champion, Jimmie Johnson very rarely runs in the Nationwide races these days (I think he did 1 last year) but other Cup drivers like Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski can do, and still do when they feel like it.



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