DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The rest of the field for Sunday's Daytona 500 will be set today. The annual Daytona Duels are set to take place, with the rest of the field, after Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon, to be determined. Patrick became the first woman to clinch a NASCAR pole last Sunday.
It was the biggest achievement of Patrick's four-year NASCAR career.
Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.
She waited about two hours as 37 fellow drivers tried to take her spot. Only four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon even came close to knocking her off.
Gordon was the only other driver who topped 196 mph. He locked up the other guaranteed spot in next week's season-opening Daytona 500.However the field unfolds, all drivers will line up behind Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet SS for "The Great American Race."