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And there was little, if any, animosity about the qualifying results -- err, Danimosity.
"I think it's got a good shot for No. 1 on SportsCenter," Bayne said. "That's always good for our sport. We look for these kinds of moments. NASCAR keeps talking about star power, and these are the kinds of moments that are going to help our whole sport. Not just Danica or our team, but our whole sport. The more eyeballs, it's all better for us. ... Even though we're just a second-place guy at this point, it's really cool. I think it is good all the way around."
Sadler was equally complimentary, but made it clear that results will matter more than poles.
"This is good for the sport," Sadler said. "It's going to bring more people, more attention. All the attention she's getting, she still has to race. It's cool the extra attention she's bringing, but that won't give her one extra point at all. It's just going to bring a lot of attention to the sport."
Patrick was trending on Twitter after earning the pole, no surprise since she's somewhat of a polarizing figure in the auto racing world. Some question her talent. Others believe she gets way too much attention because of her good looks and those sultry television commercials for sponsor GoDaddy.com.
She can mute most of that with early success.
And it will start at the front of the pack Saturday.
"That's so cool for her to start off the season that way," Bayne said. "She's looking for that boost, and that's a good kick in the butt right there to be on the pole for the first race of the season. That's the momentum you need to build on. It's going to take those kinds of moments to build up her confidence. She's done a good job of holding her own here."
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