Danica Patrick Finishes Eighth In Daytona 500

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Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) —  Danica Patrick made some more history at Daytona International Speedway.

After becoming the first woman to win the pole for the Daytona 500, she went out and finished eighth in the race.

Patrick was the highest female finisher in race history and became the first woman to lead a lap, six in total.

Patrick was in third place on the final lap and had a chance to make a run at race winner Jimmie Johnson, but she faded at the end, as other drivers passed her by.

“You spend a lot of time thinking about what to do when the time comes,” Patrick said. “I kept asking up above what was working. You needed a hole, you needed people to help you out. I had a little bit of help today here and there, but I felt like if I was going to dive low, I had a feeling I was going to get freight-trained.  At the end of the day, it was a solid day.”

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