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Danica Patrick settles for 8th place at Daytona

Pole-sitter foiled on her late push

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — All week long, Danica Patrick waged an assault on the record books. A week ago, Patrick became the first woman to win the Daytona 500 pole position, and in Sunday’s event she became the first woman to lead a lap in the Great American Race.

All that, however, came as consolation in the wake of her eighth-place finish. She took the last lap in third place, only to get shuffled back in the draft as she attempted to make a move on winner Jimmie Johnson.

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