Daytona 500 Qualifying Results 2013: Pole Position Winners, Leaders and Analysis

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2013

After practicing with the fastest speed on Saturday, second-year driver Danica Patrick and the No. 10 car made history when she ran a 196.434 mph lap in Sunday’s qualifying session, securing the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.  

There will be no more questioning her driving skills. 


.@DanicaPatrick will lead the field to the green flag to start the #DAYTONA500. @JeffGordonWeb starts second #NASCAR

Patrick has become the first woman in the history of NASCAR to win the pole for any race, and she will lead the field to the green flag in the biggest race on the NASCAR schedule. The previous record was held by Janet Guthrie, who qualified ninth in 1977 at Talladega and Bristol.

This is a feat that many thought was impossible, but Patrick deserves immense credit and respect for not only performing well but also for sticking with the sport through the struggles since making the jump to NASCAR from the IndyCar series.

The female star qualified in first place, followed by NASCAR veteran Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 car. Gordon’s second-place qualifying time will result in the former champion starting on the front row in the Daytona 500.

With Patrick and Gordon set as the No. 1 and No. 2 starting drivers for next Sunday, the majority of the field’s starting order for the race will be determined by the Gatorade Duels this Thursday.

There will be two races on Thursday afternoon (the Gatorade Duels), and the top 15 from each race will have the chance to compete in the Daytona 500 next Sunday.

The drivers with the four best qualifying times who did not finish in the top 15 of their respective duels will also be allowed to race Sunday, as well as the last seven spots being filled by previous champions and cars with enough owners points to make the race.

Patrick has made history in qualifying, but let’s see how brightly the star can shine on Sunday.

Full Daytona 500 Qualifying Results

1. Danica Patrick, 196.434

2. Jeff Gordon, 196.292

3. Trevor Bayne, 195.976

4. Ryan Newman, 195.946

5. Tony Stewart, 195.925

6. Kasey Kahne, 195.852

7. Denny Hamlin, 195.771

8. Kyle Busch, 195.767

9. Joey Logano, 195.767

10. Matt Kenseth, 195.725

11. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 195.584

12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 195.538

13. Juan Pablo Montoya, 195.508

14. Paul Menard, 195.503

15. Casey Mears, 195.495

16. Austin Dillon, 195.385

17. Carl Edwards, 195.240

18. Clint Bowyer, 195.228

19. Martin Truex Jr., 195.207

20. Jeff Burton, 195.156

21. Jimmie Johnson, 195.084

22. Jamie McMurray, 195.042

23. Brad Keselowski, 194.961

24. Marcos Ambrose, 194.793

25. Kevin Harvick, 194.742

26. Aric Almirola, 194.742

27. Greg Biffle, 194.729

28. Mark Martin, 194.683

29. David Gilliland, 194.654

30. David Ragan, 194.616

31. Michael Waltrip, 194.313

32. Josh Wise, 194.254

33. Kurt Busch, 193.657

34. Michael McDowell, 193.544

35. Scott Speed, 193.540

36. Terry Labonte, 193.515

37. Regan Smith, 193.006

38. Dave Blaney, 192.996

39. Bobby Labonte, 192.563

40. J.J. Yeley, 192.094

41. David Reutimann, 190.339

42. Travis Kvapil, 190.142

43. Joe Nemechek, 190.046

44. Mike Bliss, 186.974

45. Brian Keselowski, 183.876


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