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How Twitter followed Danica Patrick's bid for history

Danica Patrick, the first woman to win a pole position in a NASCAR race, pursued even bigger fame Sunday in the Daytona 500, where she was racing as high as third place with less than 20 laps to go. Here's what fans were saying on Twitter as the race neared its final laps.


  1. Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap at the Daytona 500 on Sunday and she was in contention as the race reached its final laps. Here's a lap-by-lap, blow-by-blow of fan reaction on Twitter as the race neared the wire:
  2. With 19 laps to go, Patrick stood third. With 10 laps to go, Patrick was fourth.
  3. With nine laps to go, a caution flag came out, Patrick had slipped back in the crowd to seventh.
  4. Patrick restarted in sixth position with six laps to go. 
  5. With five laps to go, Patrick was third again. 
  6. With four laps to go she still was clinging to third.
  7. With three laps to go, she was still third behind Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle. 
  8. With two laps to go, it was still Johnson, Biffle, Patrick.
  9. On the final lap, it was Johnson, Biffle, Patrick, with a wreck behind them, but Patrick slipped back in the crowd and finished eighth, still the highest finish by a woman at the Daytona 500 ever. Jimmie Johnson took the victory with Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming in second. "I feel like I had a little bit of help here and there, but I had a feeling if I dived low (on the last lap) that I was going to get freight-trained," Patrick said in a post-race interview with FOX.