Danica Patrick has managed to become the first woman to obtain the Sprint Cup pole position.

Danica Patrick has managed to become the first woman to obtain the Sprint Cup pole position.

The achievement was done on Saturday during the qualifying session for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The Stewart-Haas racing driver hit a top speed of 196.434 mph (316.13 km/h) which represents the highest top speed since 1990 when Ken Schrader's Chevrolet reached 196.515 mph (316.26 km/h).

Danica Patrick completed the lap in 45.817 seconds which granted the first pole position in just her 11th career start. Since this will be her first full year in the Sprint Cup, this achievement represents the first rookie driver to grab pole since 2002 when Jimmie Johnson climbed on top of the leaderboard.

For the 11th consecutive year, there is a different pole position winner for the Daytona 500.

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