DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When Mike Skinner slowed momentarily to change ignition boxes and inadvertently set off an eight-car accident just 11 laps into Thursday's second Twin 125-mile qualifying race for Sunday's Daytona 500, Shawna Robinson readied herself for disappointment.
Robinson needed a good finish, a top-15 finish in the race, to guarantee herself a starting position in Sunday's race. Now, her chances were slim.
But, before the sun set Thursday evening, Robinson learned she had made the field and will start 36th. Her BAM Racing Dodge, which had run 182.663 mph during qualifying last weekend, was the last car to make the field on qualifying time.
"I'm racing in the Daytona 500," she said smiling widely. "Is that cool or what!
On the 25th anniversary of driver Janet Guthrie becoming the first and, until Thursday, only woman to qualify for the race, Robinson became the second.
Now, another of Guthrie's achievements is on the line. In her first race here in 1977, she finished 12th and was the highest-finishing rookie.
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