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Friday, February 22, 2013

Danica Patrick Makes NASCAR History

Danica Patrick stands by her car on pit road after qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Terry Renna/AP)

Danica Patrick stands by her car on pit road after qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Terry Renna/AP)

Danica Patrick is the first woman in NASCAR history to win the pole position for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

She’s also going to be driving against her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse in the race.

The two are being called NASCAR’s royal couple.

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    I found something the man said to be very offensive to me, he said that if they were to break up and then be in a race together, you wouldn’t want an upset ex girlfriend on the track. This kind of gender stereotype portrayed in the media is the exact reason that women are discriminated against in all facets of life. There were so many assumptions connected with that statement that make women look needy and crazy. And of course nothing is said about the guy. One of the reasons that I love NPR so much is because they stay away from those prejudices for the most party, but this did not reflect the open mindedness and respect that I associate with this station.

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