Danica Patrick, who made history by becoming the first female driver to have the coveted pole position at the Daytona 500, finished 8th on Sunday, the best ever finish for a woman in the race.
The driver stayed in the lead pack most of the race. "It was a solid day," Patrick told reporters after the race. "We stayed basically in the top 10 all day. It was fun when it got a little exciting."
Veteran Jimmie Johnson won the race, his second win at the Daytona 500. Patrick was also competing against her new boyfriend, fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse.
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As RadarOnline.com recently reported, Patrick began dating Stenhouse just weeks after filing for divorce from her husband of seven years, Paul Hospenthal.
During the race, Stenhouse was involved in a nine-car pileup and scraped the wall. Although he continued in the race, the accident took him out of contention and he finished 12th.
Patrick led the race for five laps.