Danica Patrick Finishes 8th at Daytona

The NASCAR driver has finished better than any woman ever at the race.
2:00 | 02/25/13

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We're going shift gear right now. Another leading lady, history-making day in daytona. Danica patrick on the pole. She finished better than any woman at daytona. Matt gutman was there for every exciting moment. Reporter: For five laps, danica patrick made history on sunday. Becoming the first woman to lead at daytona. Veteran jimmie johnson would win it. But the race belonged to patrick, who finished eighth. James franco amending the traditional command. Drivers, and danica, start your engines! Reporter: Patrick was in third place, coming down to the wire. After the race, she hinted the other men shouldered her away from the lead. I had a little bit of help here today here and there. I felt like if I were to dive low, I -- I had a feeling I was going to get freight trained. It was tough to tell. Reporter: She was the first woman to take pole position at the super bowl of racing that was nearly overshadows by this crash. Watch car number 32 spin, and catapult into the fencing like a spear. Holy cow, oh my god! Reporter: You can see a tire landing on a speck farpt but the fans came back for more. How many people sitting here got hit or saw something yesterday? Medical officials tell us seven people are still hospitalized from the crash. To give you a sense of the violence this is a piece of metal that hit a spectator. It exploded from the car's transmission when it hit the wall over there. Robin? Could have been far more worse. All right, matt, thank you. We're going turn now to the

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