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With Danica starting from pole, Daytona 500's TV ratings up big from 2012

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Danica Patrick, center, prepares to get in her car before the start of the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)The Associated Press

With Danica Patrick starting from the pole, the Daytona 500's television ratings are much higher than last year's.

Sunday afternoon's race earned a 9.9 rating and 22 share on Fox. That's up 24 percent from 2012, when rain pushed the event to a Monday night. The network said Tuesday it was the highest rating since 2008.

Jimmie Johnson won the race while Patrick was eighth, the best finish by a woman at the Daytona 500.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.