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Danica Patrick wins Nationwide pole

Updated: February 25, 2012, 11:29 AM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In about 24 hours, Danica Patrick went from her biggest crash to her biggest moment in a stock car.

The former IndyCar star won the pole Friday for the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona, becoming the first woman to secure the top qualifying spot in NASCAR's second-tier series since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta on March 12, 1994.

It came a day after she wrecked on the final lap of a qualifying race for the Daytona 500.

"It's a good turn of ...

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