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Danica Patrick Is in Fast Lane to Become NASCAR’s Brightest Star

Danica Patrick simply needs to sporadically be in contention for victories and/or hover around the Top 10 in the Sprint Cup points race to become NASCAR's biggest star. Sitting in the pole position at the Daytona 500 proves she is ready to pull off that feat. Winning the pole doesn't guarantee her success at Daytona—winning the pole and winning a race are completely different challenges. Sprint Cup races take a fast car and skill, which Patrick displayed in her qualifying runs, but it also takes savvy, flawless excellence in drafting and luck. This is not to suggest that Patrick is deficient in any of those categories, but as she begins her first full-time Sprint season, she doesn't have the experience that many of...

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