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DANICA PATRICK makes history at the Daytona 500.

 Fan favorite Danica, 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 fastest woman alive stayed in the lead pack most of the race.

“It was a solid day,” Patrick told media.

“We stayed basically in the top 10 all day. It was fun when it got a little exciting.”

As The ENQUIRER first reported in a bombshell world exclusive,  Patrick was also competing against her new boyfriend, fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse.

 The ENQUIRER revealed that Danica began seeing Stenhouse prior to filing for divorce from her estranged hubby of seven years, Paul Hospenthal.

During the heated 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.

Veteran Jimmie Johnson won the race, his second win at the Daytona 500, RadarOnline.com noted.