Is Danica Patrick changing sports?
No, no, no, of course not. And no, I don’t care how popular competitive pole dancing is becoming, that’s not what this headline means:
Danica Patrick grabs Daytona 500 pole
A year after making her Sprint Cup Series debut in the same race, Danica Patrick will lead the field to the green flag for the Daytona 500 after qualifying on the pole during Sunday’s front row qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway.
It wasn’t necessarily a surprise. Patrick posted the fastest speed of Saturday’s two qualifying practices and ran slightly faster during her second qualifying lap on Sunday, knocking owner and teammate Tony Stewart from the provisional pole. She’s the first woman to win a pole position in Sprint Cup Series history.
I have to own up to a little confusion: the stories mention further qualifying races on Thursday. So does this mean she’ll be in the pole position next Sunday in the actual Daytona 500? Or just the pole position in a qualifying race?
Because if it’s the former, we’ll have to update our Danica Patrick’s Top Ten Career Moments post.
UPDATE – In the comments, Fishersville Mike says I better change my Top Ten.