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Patrick hangs on to Daytona pole after safe run

Updated: February 21, 2013, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- All Danica Patrick needed to do was keep her car intact.

She didn't exactly follow her team owner's advice -- start and then park after two laps, he joked -- but she certainly saved an all-out push for Sunday's Daytona 500.

Patrick started on the pole for the first 150-mile Budweiser Duel before she coasted and finished 17th out of 23 cars. She'll keep the top spot for Sunday's Daytona 500.

She led the field to green, then quietly faded to the back, never ...

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