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Danica Patrick Takes A Shot At Richard Petty


It wasn’t a knockout blow but Danica Patrick did take a bit of a shot at Richard Petty during her recent appearance on FOX and Friends Morning Show. For those of you that are not aware, earlier this year Petty was asked about Patrick and her progress in NASCAR. Petty then made a witty comment about how Patrick would only win a race if nobody else showed up. He would then go on to explain that while she might be a good driver, she isn’t a good “racecar driver.”

At the time the comments were made Patrick shied away from the situation; her boss Tony Stewart did not. Stewart more or less called out Petty for his comments alluding to the fact that he might be sexist. Stewart also offered to set up a one on one race between the two drivers to prove just how good Patrick really is. Although such a challenge seemed far fetched, Petty did accept the challenge a couple of weeks later. More than a month has passed since then and there hasn’t been much more comment on the matter until this week on FOX and Friends.

While on the show Patrick was asked about the comments that Petty made.

I have respect for my elders.

People are going to judge what [Petty] says, but I’m not going to. I have the faith and belief of Tony Stewart, the people around me, the people who own the team, and that’s what matters.

Patrick then addressed whether or not she believed that she would always be fighting for respect as a woman in a sport dominated by men.

I’ve thought about this a lot and I think that everybody has to fight for it, whether you’re a girl or a guy or you’re new. There will always be some that you don’t make believers and that’s perfectly fine. It  makes for an interesting conversation, I suppose.

Whether you support Patrick or not, the one thing that she can do to quiet critics is win. Winning a race would go a long way in cementing the fact that she does indeed belong in the world of NASCAR. As long as she remains winless, she is always going to have to deal with the likes of Petty and others saying that she is in over her head.

Christopher Olmstead is the Editor of BeyondTheFlag.com on the FanSided Network. Follow us on Twitter @Beyond_The_Flag and “Like” us on Facebook.

Source: NASCAR.com

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  • Renne LeFranc

    Didn’t know that RP accepted Tony’s challenge… and what was Tony’s response – or was he just blowing his usual smoke?? DP’s more competitive colleagues are in the best position to assess her skills – they all see her multiple times each race, trying to keep up, as they pass her… Forget winning – her first goal should be to figure out how to stay on the lead lap…

    • nitsuj1028

      She kind of reminds me of another driver. His name was Kyle Petty… lots of hype, lots of personality, couldn’t win a race.

      • Renne LeFranc

        Grabbing at straws there I’m afraid. Kyle never set the race-world on fire, but at least he could compete. If you bother to check the facts, Kyle did win 8 Cup races, not zero as you state. He also had over 50 top 5s, and finished top ten in 20% of his races. To be fair, if you compare just their first 50-some races, Kyle had 1 top 5, and 10 top tens, while Danica has no top 5′s, and only one top ten. Kyle started racing in Cup, and while unfair to compare Danica’s NW results vs Kyles Cup finishes for their first years, Kyle did much better against much better competition. The hype may have been similar, but to suggest they produced the same results is ridiculous.

  • Poor Tom

    This gal is not strong enough to man handle a race car of this style. Also she is there only to draw young woman as fans. NASCAR is a waste of corporate money, all the sponsors are losers review there stock performance!! The government spends 50 plus million of working peoples tax dollars on sponsorship!! A reason to vote out every member of congress/senate.

    • ks

      I watched her at Darlington. She doesn’t come close to the wall because
      she isn’t pushing her top 10 car near its limits. She drives a race car BUT
      is not a race car driver. Others scrape the wall because they are all out (even
      the guys whose cars are not 1/3 Danica’s) to do the best they can. Danica?
      she just tools around the track trying NOT to race, just finish.

  • ks

    Tony and Danica have how many wins between them??? Richard Petty has 200 and against
    some of the best drivers ever (Junior Johnson, Cale, Allison, etc., etc., etc.) If Stewart and
    Danica race for 200 years they together won’t win 200 races.