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NASCAR: Was Danica Patrick’s Pre-Race Hype Justified?

It's time for the haters to stop hating and the doubters to stop doubting—Danica Patrick delivered at Daytona on Sunday. The Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year candidate scored the pole for Sunday's Daytona 500, the biggest event of the NASCAR season, and came out of it with both a clean car and a top-10 finish. Neither of those outcomes seemed predictable a month ago, when Patrick planned to enter her first full-time season of Cup competition with Stewart-Haas Racing after struggling in 10 Cup starts and a full Nationwide campaign last year. But despite all of the pressure, doubt, and media saturation, NASCAR's newest star ran a race that should have some thinking twice about not having faith in her. Patrick entered Daytona the subject of...

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