With the “pole” big in our culture today, we’re teaching our children to do their gymnastics on it. Soccer Mom’s say they keep in shape on the pole. Danica Patrick’s pole is of a different nature. She is the first woman to win a NASCAR pole position since Atlanta in 1994. Today she led the Nationwide Race at Daytona, the Drive4COPD 300 off the start and at Turn 3 on lap 50 of 120 was bump-drafted and spun out. She wasn’t happy and the driver who tapped her, Cole Whitt, got an earful. Danica was out of the race.
UPDATE 2-17-12: After another rain delay today for the Daytona 500, Danica was involved in the third wreck in three days.Â
The accident just minutes after the green flag dropped Monday night began when Elliott Sadler nudged five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. He shot into the wall, then rolled back down the track.
Patrick was coming along behind the accident and was caught in the chaos. She took her car to the garage to repair the damage.
It marked yet another incident in what’s been a rocky SpeedWeeks for Patrick. She was wrecked in Thursday’s qualifying race, and after winning the pole for the Nationwide Series race, she was wrecked by JR Motorsports teammate Cole Whitt.
Her tally is three wrecks in three races, and none were of her doing.
Danica’s car went in for repair and she re-entered the race on Lap 62 at 40th place.
Bonus: Milka Duno – Venezuela Driver. Duno holds the record for the highest female finish in the 24 Hours of Daytona, placing 2nd overall.
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