Winning the pole does not guarantee victory. The last driver to win the Daytona 500 pole and go on to win the race was dale Jarrett in 2000. But it does have its strategic advantages and makes history. Patrick is the first woman to win a pole in NASCAR.
I avoid any and all accusations of bandwagon jumping, so I do not want to imply I am Patrick’s biggest fan now. But I would not mind seeing her win a race like the Daytona 500 this season so she can make history. If nothing else, watching feminists’ heads explode at the prospect of the first woman to win a NASCAR race being sponsored by the risqué GoDaddy.com would be amusing.