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Danica Patrick plays it safe in Duels

Updated: February 21, 2013, 8:11 PM ET
By Brant James

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Speedweeks began abuzz for Danica Patrick with questions about her relationship with a fellow driver. The pitch increased when she led the second Sprint Cup practice session. The national needle oscillated when she became the first female to win a pole at NASCAR's highest level Sunday.

Patrick did not budge that needle Thursday in one of two 150-mile qualifying races that set the starting grid for the Daytona 500. And that was a very good thing.

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