Before the wreck
occurred at yesterday’s NASCAR
Nationwide series race, all the talk at the Daytona 500
was about Danica Patrick
and her winning of pole position.
Of course, ESPN SportsCenter mentioned Danica Patrick before they got to reporting on the crash (misplaced priorities).
Anyways, the Daytona 500 is the NASCAR Super Bowl so this is the biggest week of auto racing. Danica Patrick, like Janet Guthrie before her, is making huge strides in a male dominated field and inspiring little girls everywhere. Another overwhelmingly male dominated arena is sports reporting, especially in auto racing. Here are five female NASCAR TV reporters who are making their mark to inspire future female auto reporters. Of course, half of them are bikini models and beauty pageant winners, so it helps to have that going for you in this business...
The annual preseason NASCAR media
poll is out and the results show five-time NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson
as the favorite to win the 2013 Cup points title. The season opening Daytona 500
is just days away.
has qualified for the “postseason” Chase for the NASCAR
Sprint Cup the past nine years. His 22 Chase wins are more than any other driver. Jimmie Johnson
will start his 400th NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race in Sunday’s Daytona 500
(1 p.m. on FOX). He finished third last season behind champion Brad Keselowski and runner-up Clint Bowyer...
As the Great American Race approaches, we’re experiencing Danica Patrick
Daytona domination! In all of Speedweek's media
coverage. Rightfully so, as Danica Patrick
, a Beloit, Illinois native (sometimes her hometown is listed as Roscoe, Illinois), won the pole for the Daytona 500
. She is the first woman to win a pole for a NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race and the first rookie since Jimmie Johnson
in 2002 to win the Daytona 500
This is why she is making the front pages of newspapers and websites alike, and is the lead on ESPN's auto racing shows. However, Sunday isn’t the first time she’s made history. She was first woman to ever lead in an IndyCar race, the first woman to win an IndyCar race and has the highest finish by a woman (4th) in a Nationwide, Cup or Truck series, breaking her own record of 9th.
Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.
And the day before Patrick recorded the fastest lap of everyone on qualifying Saturday...