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Daytona 500 - Qualifying times

Danica Patrick is the first female driver to ever win a pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, after taking the top spot for the start of next week's Daytona 500.
Danica Patrick secured pole position for the Daytona 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series opener to be held next weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Jeff Gordon will start alongside her after claiming second place on the grid in Sunday's qualifying session.

Patrick's lap of 45.817s (196.434mph) is the fastest Daytona 500 pole-winning speed since 1990. It's the first time that a driver eligible for the rookie of the year title has won pole for the Daytona 500 since Jimmie Johnson in 2002.

Patrick becomes the first ever female racer to claim a Cup pole position in NASCAR. The previous best qualifying position by a woman was in 1977 when Janet Guthrie started from ninth place. Guthrie also held the record for the best start by a female driver in the Daytona 500 when she achieved 18th place on the grid here in 1980.

2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne recorded the third fastest time in qualifying, but his actual starting position - like those of everyone except for Patrick and Gordon - will be decided by the two midweek Duel short races.

Qualifying times

1. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 45.817s (Leader) 196.434mph
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.850s (+ 0.033s) 196.292mph
3. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 45.924s (+ 0.107s) 195.976mph
4. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.931s (+ 0.114s) 195.946mph
5. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 45.936s (+ 0.119s) 195.925mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.953s (+ 0.136s) 195.852mph
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.972s (+ 0.155s) 195.771mph
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.973s (+ 0.156s) 195.767mph
9. #22 Joey Logano Ford 45.973s (+ 0.156s) 195.767mph
10. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 45.983s (+ 0.166s) 195.725mph
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 46.016s (+ 0.199s) 195.584mph
12. #17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 46.027s (+ 0.210s) 195.537mph
13. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 46.034s (+ 0.217s) 195.508mph
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 46.035s (+ 0.218s) 195.503mph
15. #13 Casey Mears Ford 46.037s (+ 0.220s) 195.495mph
16. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 46.063s (+ 0.246s) 195.385mph
17. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 46.097s (+ 0.280s) 195.240mph
18. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 46.100s (+ 0.283s) 195.228mph
19. #56 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 46.105s (+ 0.288s) 195.207mph
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 46.117s (+ 0.300s) 195.156mph
21. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 46.134s (+ 0.317s) 195.084mph
22. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 46.144s (+ 0.327s) 195.042mph
23. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 46.163s (+ 0.346s) 194.961mph
24. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 46.203s (+ 0.386s) 194.793mph
25. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 46.215s (+ 0.398s) 194.742mph
26. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 46.215s (+ 0.398s) 194.742mph
27. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.218s (+ 0.401s) 194.729mph
28. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 46.229s (+ 0.412s) 194.683mph
29. #38 David Gilliland Ford 46.236s (+ 0.419s) 194.654mph
30. #34 David Ragan Ford 46.245s (+ 0.428s) 194.616mph
31. #26 Michael Waltrip Toyota 46.317s (+ 0.500s) 194.313mph
32. #35 Josh Wise Ford 46.331s (+ 0.514s) 194.254mph
33. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 46.474s (+ 0.657s) 193.657mph
34. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 46.501s (+ 0.684s) 193.544mph
35. #95 Scott Speed Ford 46.502s (+ 0.685s) 193.540mph
36. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 46.508s (+ 0.691s) 193.515mph
37. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 46.609s (+ 0.792s) 193.096mph
38. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 46.633s (+ 0.816s) 192.996mph
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 46.738s (+ 0.921s) 192.563mph
40. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 46.852s (+ 1.035s) 192.094mph
41. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 47.284s (+ 1.467s) 190.339mph
42. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 47.333s (+ 1.516s) 190.142mph
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.357s (+ 1.540s) 190.046mph
44. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 47.509s (+ 1.692s) 189.438mph
45. #52 Brian Keselowski Toyota 48.946s (+ 3.129s) 183.876mph

Budweiser Duel 1 starting grid

1. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
2. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford
3. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
4. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5. Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
8. Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford
9. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10. Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
11. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
12. Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford
13. Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
14. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
15. David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
16. Michael Waltrip Swan Racing Toyota
17. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
18. Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford
19. Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
20. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota
21. David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota
22. Joe Nemechek Nemco-JRR Toyota
24. Brian Keselowski Brian Keselowski Racing Toyota

Budweiser Duel 2 starting grid

1. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
3. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
4. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7. Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
8. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9. Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
10. Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
11. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
12. Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
13. Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
14. Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
15. David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
16. Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford
17. Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford
18. Terry Labonte FASLane Racing Ford
19. Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
20. J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
21. Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota
22. Mike Bliss Humphrey-Smith Racing Toyota



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