The 30-year-old's personal victory was a historic one too, marking the first time a woman has ever posted the top qualifying time in the Sprint Cup Series -- NASCAR's top circuit.
In January, Patrick's personal life made headlines when she confirmed rumors that she was dating fellow NASCAR driver and Sprint Cup rookie, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
"Initially, it was a little bit of a mental hurdle of like, 'We compete against each other,'" Patrick told the Associated Press last week. "It's like the Capulets and Montagues with [me in] Chevy and [him in] Ford, this just doesn't work. But you can't tell your heart who to like or not like. And so in the end, it ended up being something that I just didn't think was a big deal at all."
In November 2012, Patrick announced her plans to split with Hospenthal -- a physical therapist and her husband of seven years -- on her Facebook page. She made it official when she filed for divorce from him in early January.
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