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Women making impact in racing

Updated: September 27, 2013, 9:59 AM ET
By Brant James | Special to espnW.com

John Force was right. Danica Patrick, in fact, did not "deliver the baby Jesus" by winning the pole for the Daytona 500. But the Sprint Cup rookie did spawn the most impactful moment by a female race car driver this year, if not by becoming the first woman to win a pole for a Sprint Cup event, then by becoming the first to lead NASCAR's glamour event and finish as high as eighth.

That Patrick created not only a racing but a national sensation by winning the pole just ...

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