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February 22nd, 2013
06:58 AM ET

Fmr. NASCAR driver Shawna Robinson: Danica Patrick's pole position at Daytona 500 is 'history in making'


(CNN) - By now, you've probably heard that Danica Patrick is the first woman to ever win pole position at the Daytona 500 - or any top-tier NASCAR Sprint Cup race for that matter. But what does that mean?

Well, because she rounded the Daytona Speedway oval with the fastest speed on Sunday (196.434 mph), Patrick is slated to start next Sunday's Daytona 500 in the front row, on the inside portion of the track, giving her No. 10 GODADDY Chevrolet an immediate logistical advantage over all the other stock cars.

But starting from the pole position is no guarantee of success.

This morning on "Early Start," former NASCAR driver Shawna Robinson on Danica Patrick's historic pole position in the Daytona 500 and her chances of placing in the top slots.

READ MORE: Patrick's rough road ahead from pole position

Filed under: Daytona 500
February 22nd, 2013
05:26 AM ET

Pistorius bail decision in girlfriend's murder expected 7:30aET today – Robyn Curnow reports


Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) - South African prosecutors pushed Friday to keep Oscar Pistorius behind bars, painting the double-amputee track star as a killer offering an improbable defense in the shooting death of his model girlfriend.

The picture offered by the prosecution came during the fourth day of a bail hearing that has been remarkable for not only its length but its allegations of miscues by a lead police investigator who himself faces attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors are trying to keep Pistorius jailed pending his trial on a charge of premeditated murder in the February 14 shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29.

And this morning, CNN reported that we can expect a decision from the magistrate in the Pistorius case at 7:30a Eastern. CNN will carry it live.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on the latest in the Pistorius bail hearing.

READ MORE: Bail decision expected for Oscar Pistorius

Filed under: Daytona 500 • Oscar Pistorius