NASCAR honors Danica Patrick as a trailblazer after her final race

Thursday, 22 Feb, 2018

Alex Bowman drove the #88 vehicle into the pole position during single-car qualifying and Chase Elliot won the second of the two Can-Am Duels, putting two new Camaro ZL1 race cars in the top four for NASCAR's biggest race.

Theron won an Academy Award for Best Actress for 2003′s "Monster", in which she portrayed Daytona Beach prostitute turned serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

"After how we ran in Daytona, we are definitely looking forward to going to a downforce track", said Truex. Despite all the hoopla and a reasonably entertaining race - if you like plate racing, you were well served; if you liked cars getting torn up in bunches, you were also well-served - the overnight rating of 5.1 was down from last year's 6.1. "These cars and guys are going to do insane things".

Lovely: 'I don't know the intricate details of NASCAR, but I really love the sport of auto racing. Still have one more (race). "It just wasn't meant to be today", she added. Patrick and fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. broke up in December after almost five years of dating.

"To see my grandson come across there 20 years later to win the Daytona 500, it's hard to beat blood", team owner Richard Childress said, alluding to Dillon, his grandson. I knew we were in a good spot if I could get a push down the backstretch. Alex Bowman started from the pole and was the top Hendrick Motorsports driver.

ARCA racer Lelani Munter also honored Danica for her efforts in furthering women in racing.

Elliott said the crash was just a byproduct of this kind of racing.

Patrick never had a top-five finish for Stewart-Hass Racing. He chooses to embrace this place for all the good things that have happened here.

The epic finish wallpapered over the cracks: there was some horrendous driving by one of the youngest starting fields in Xfinity Series history, and the safety auto seemed to spend more time at the front of the field than any of the cars actually racing. But as results sank, so did interest in funding her ride. Before Sunday's big race, she posted a photo from the beach in Florida on her Instagram with her surrounded by her family and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, her current boyfriend.

Patrick ended her career with 191 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

Patrick is as much a brand these days as she is an athlete. She launched the clothing line "Warrior by Danica Patrick" after participating in the design process. She'll go at the Indy 500 in late May.

At Daytona, dad had some final words of advice.

"I planned to drive as fast as I could and stay out of the way of the leaders", he said. "Once it stops being fun, then you need to get out. It might be the biggest race and this one is going to hurt for a while, but I think next week we'll have another shot".