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Danica Patrick responds – again – to Petty dig

Feb 13, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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Houston, we have a rebuttal.

Danica Patrick has, again, needed to respond to comments made by a member of the Petty family slighting her talent or ability level. Last year, she needed to respond to Kyle Petty’s remarks that she was a “fast driver” but “not a race car driver.”

And now, Thursday at NASCAR Media Day in Daytona, Patrick has had to respond after “King” Richard Petty said she’d never win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race unless she was the only driver on track.

“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion,’’ she said, via Dustin Long of MRN Radio. “I still believe that. That’s what makes sports and journalism great is that everybody has their own opinion. The things that I focus on is when a young kid runs up to you and wants to hug you or the ones that are so shy that don’t know what to say or the ones who say they want to grow up and be like you. I feed off that.’’

The biggest response the Stewart-Haas Racing driver could make, even more with than words, would be a win on track. And her best chances to do so are at Daytona or Talladega, which may be a lottery, but where she has excelled more thus far in her NASCAR career.

  1. mustang6984 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Richard was right…except if the pace car was on the track, it would probably beat her. so, she’d have to be sure it was parked as well.

  2. richardjlewis - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I was a former Danica supporter. I guess that after a while I realized she can’t take a joke, can’t drive a racecar and is an embarrassment to the sport. It is indeed fortunate none of her many wrecks have injured her, other drivers or race fans. Other than the sponsorship money she brings, which will eventually run out, she does not meet the minimum requirements for a NASCAR driver. It will only be a matter of time until GoDaddy goes elsewhere and she will be gone.

    • davemvh - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      grow up you tool.

    • sstoogemutt - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      I can’t believe they’re letting her race this year with the lousy season she had last year. She’ll suck this year too.

      • sstoogemutt - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        Just hope she doesn’t kill someone or herself this year. They should make a movie about her called Bad Driver like they did with Bad Grandpa or Bad Santa.It would be a hit at the box office.

    • bnuber77 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Oh Geez…did little Danica throw another tantrum? Truth is that all she does is drive fast, which does not make you a race car driver. Heck, I can drive fast, but you don’t see me on the track, because I am NOT a race car driver. Danica, if you like to drive, drive a taxi, or teach drivers education, but get off the track.

  3. spa67 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    There is no place for misogyny in the modern world, and people who say she should not have a ride because of her gender are as wrong as the folks who yelled from the stands when Jackie Robinson took the field for the Dodgers. But Robinson was on the field for one reason, talent. Can you say the same about Danica?

    Defending Danica just because she is a woman may not be as hateful as attacking her because she is a woman, but by definition it does not advance the cause of equality.

    I don’t agree with Petty on much. We’ve no doubt never voted for the same presidential candidate, but I agree with him 100% on Danica.

    Here is the list of everyone who was in a sprint cup race last year.

    Sort it by starts. I had to go down to drivers with less than 4 starts before I could find drivers who MAY have less talent than Danica.

    Please, look at the resume of all these drivers and tell me you still think Danica is worthy of a ride.

    Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who knows a thing about what it takes to race a car thinks she’s in WAY over her head. Talk to people who know racing and don’t have to worry about their reputations in the media and see what they think. Go to a short-track or an SCCA event and talk with people, ordinary people, who actually race. Your mind will be changed.

    Football fans understand sacks, interceptions, blocking, why a left tackle is important and that most right handed quaterbacks shouldn’t throw when running left.

    Baseball fans know what a sacrifice fly is, when it’s a good time to hit-and-run, and why a pitcher gets yanked.

    But NASCAR fans can’t tell you a thing about what side-drafting is, what the roll-center of a car is and why it matters. What corner-weight or cross-weight is, what a bump stop is or why a car can be “loose” on corner entry and tight” in the middle. They have no idea why Johnson is so good. That he’s the best in the game at communicating how a car is performing to make the best adjustments, that he’s the best and making the most of a car that isn’t properly set-up. Instead their ignorance leads to conspiracy theories.

    Danica’s presence makes NASCAR look like a 200 mph Circus where anyone can drive. She turns off hard-core sports fans because she makes them think that if she can do it the other drivers aren’t really athletes. These are the people who could grow the sport. But NASCAR is too myopic to see anything but a few more young women in the stands. Their willingness to embrace polarizing figures, i.e. Duck Dynasty, shows they can’t think beyond their southern blue-collar roots. And as the financial fortunes of that slice of America fails, so does NASCAR.

    • spa67 - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Someone tell me where they disagree…

      • millikensteeler - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        After reading your drivel, I see you’re an idiot. Because someone can’t compete does not make every male that states the obvious a misogynist.

        Now go hug your Danika Patrick blow up doll and turn on the view.

      • millikensteeler - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        lol My comment in in the wrong place. Take back, I need a take back! lol

  4. ssj455 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    The truth hurts, honey. Deal with it.

  5. lawburgtn - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I am not a fan of Danica, but I am not going to join in the criticism either. I remember when Jeff Gordon made the jump to Cup and he wadded up some cars. The same thing happened to my favorite driver, Davey Allison, but after a couple of years experience, both drivers showed their talent and won races. Do not mistake my comments; I am in no way saying Danica will be as good as Davey or Jeff, but I am withholding judgment until she gets some experience.

    Cup cars are heavier and do not have the throttle response nor the handling Indy cars do which was her background. Combine that with the fact that she is aggressive AND she is not very patient and you have the recipe for wrecks. Patience and the technique to drive a Cup car can be learned; aggressiveness can be controlled, but it takes time. Driver development is not a quick nor an easy task.

    Did they rush Danica into Cup racing? Yep! They sure did. She could have used another year running BOTH Nationwide cars and added some truck experience; I think that would have done her some good!

  6. za300slrb2 - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    I have an idea, two words,
    Implants and Playboy.

    • davemvh - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      I guess you are used to hiding in your daddy closet with a copy of playboy in one hand and some kleenex close by huh?

    • sstoogemutt - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Tit.This is true.

  7. omeimontis - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Petty has a point. He is not saying that she cannot drive fast, just that she is not good in traffic. If she were driving in Formula 1 and gets the pole position, she can race away with a superior car. In NASCAR, passing happens about once every blue moon, so you have to learn to negotiate traffic to be successful.

  8. jobber33 - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    So sick of this “first family of racing” running their mouths. If Rick Hendrick or Joe Gibbs would say something I would listen. The Pitty family has done a dam thing in racing in so many years I almost forgot Richie was still alive, and the only thing Kyle is known for is have a kid die in a car. These clowns can’t even get their cars in the top 20 with drivers that have been racing since before Danica came to NASCAR. Pitty family please shut up and go dry up in the desert somewhere and leave the sport to the people who have a clue about the state of current racing. Women are coming in like it or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • spa67 - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      We are all for women racers. We just want them to bring more than a pretty face to the table.

      And FYI they aren’t coming, they’ve been in racing for YEARS. Like before WWII

      Go read a history book

      • live4flyday - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        Only the most pathetic race fans want racing to be less about winning and more about advancing equality in society. Any racer who can get out there, run with the best, and win races, that’s what the sport is about. Saying a woman deserves this or that is asinine, as much as asking other drives to pull aside, let the woman driver pass and win, just because of her gender. One day a woman might come along and out-drive the men, win races and show the world she’s up to the task. They’ve tried for decades. Just ain’t happened with any consistency yet. And down through the ages men aren’t fretting about not being able to give birth; well most men aren’t.

    • pathawksley - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      I couldn’t agree with you more jobber33, to me the Pitty family sounds like a bunch of hill billys.
      And so do the haters that comment negative things about Danica, they just can’t stand the thought of a women driving in NASCAR. They need to get a life.

    • pathawksley - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      I can’t agree with you more jobber33.

  9. way2gosassy - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    She at least answered with a heck of a lot more class than the Petty family.

  10. mrsfoxxe - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    She’s just there for eye candy(and that’s fading) & to keep a driver happy!

  11. usetobafan - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    You know I watched NASCAR for over 35 years and I am appalled at all of this crazy drama .I mean its one thing to comment on a driver but to turn around and insult each other and the deceased as human beings we should have a little more respect for one another. Ive watched the good ole boys of nascar do the same thing to African American drivers as they are doing to woman in this sport and frankly im done and as you all sit here and pick each other apart like wolves .just remember that all sports are for entertainment only they are not meant to be a forum for disgracing the dead and I can not believe that half these post are able to stay posted .I know freedom of speech but how about freedom to mourn the dead in peace

    • live4flyday - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      So she gets all this attention because she’s a woman and not for her driving. Let her excel on track to match all the top level attention and race fans would love it. But how many people would be fans if the name instead was Patrick Danica, a guy, with the same second rate driver standing and skills? Really.

  12. jimx29 - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    She’s the two headed calf at the sideshow. Lots of people looking, but not worth anything IRL.
    Instead of NASCAR trying to promote “equality” by showing how girls can drive right along with the men, maybe they should promote how many black drivers they have…….errrum….nevermind

  13. manik56 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Danica might win again if she went back to IndyCar and landed a Penske or Ganassi ride. Otherwise she should get used to the 20s.

  14. onbucky96 - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Poor Danica. I really thought she’d win one this year. But she lost out to a Barbie doll for the SI Swimsuit issue. Thoughts and prayers Danica…

  15. shaunmelody - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Not a racing fan at all….but I have to say I’ve heard more and payed more attention to the sport since she’s started driving.

  16. cdawgredface - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Wow, this has got to be 10x the amount of comments any post has ever gotten on this site. Can’t deny Danica creates a buzz.

  17. str100263 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Well why don’t both Richard and Tony Put up a million dollars and let Ambrose and danika have a contest to see who finishes higher in the points or put richards drivers againt tony’s drivers

  18. bubba703 - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Appears Danica is destined to become the Anna Kournikova of NASCAR. Popular for being an attractive female, but while she has plenty of skills, they just are not honed enough to take her to the next level. Will she ever get there? Perhaps, perhaps not, but her team owners did her no favor by rushing her into the Sprint Cup before she was ready.

  19. 88champ - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Aw, leave her alone.
    Petty should know all about not winning unless no one else was racing. Sure he was a hot potato back in the 60s and 70s, and somewhat in the 80s but he was a nothing for the last, probably 8 years or so. He won 3 races in 1983 and no more until he retired at the end of the 1992 season. He couldn’t win anything and was a danger to other drivers and fans. Remember Petty tearing up a fence and hurting a bunch of fans. If it weren’t for his good years he would have been a nobody. He ended up like Johnny Unitas, an embarrassment to the sport but no one would say so. Remember when he rear ending Cale Yarborough in a race because the “sun got in his eyes”? Face it, he is a has been. Remember he wouldn’t take “Beer money” for a sponsorship? What was the DWI all about? And Kyle surely did not set the world on fire either with an abundance of wins. Maybe his pony tail was creating too much drag.

    Even Michael Waltrip , one of my all time favorite drivers, never won off of Daytona or Talladega. And what about Derrick Cope who only won one race – DAYTONA…go figure. We all know that Darrell Waltrip (another favorite driver) also tried to hang on way too long. He could have had a lot more dignity if he had retired sooner. Remember him buying Carl Long’s ride because Carl had qualified for a race and DW didn’t? DW never had a chance to win that race anyway and poor Carl didn’t get to go racing. There are plenty of popular drivers that have never won but I don’t see anyone yelling about them.

    If Danica gets too much publicity, that isn’t her fault. Just let her drive. Either she will finally break that barrier or she won’t. There surely isn’t any reason to get personal in the attacks. Or is it all because she is a female and can never be considered a “good ol boy”?

    • wendover51 - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Everybody is missing the fact that a Petty car and a Stewart/ Haas car aka Danica were involved in the same wreck. That was not Danica’s fault.

      • txwheelgunner - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Yes it was. She turned down into Almirola and clipped his rear end. I have noticed unless she wrecks by herself, the incident is the other drivers fault.
        She does not have what it takes to drive at this level. I would like to be wrong but I just dont think she will ever get it and live up to expectations.
        My wife calls her Wreckica.

    • rf1957 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Derrick Cope won 2 races in 1990 Daytona and Dover

  20. drfoxes - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    #1 it was funny. As a joke.
    #2 see #1.

    Ok, I thought the Petty comment was, in response to “Could Danica win?”..and Richard said, “Yes if she was the only driver”. Then it would be funny. And could have been said about any driver.

    If the statement was “Danica will never win unless she is the only driver in a race”…then the KING was TOTALLY inappropriate.

    Does Danica get more Press? Sure.
    Does Danica handle press better than some? Yep, she has learned that.
    Is she a great driver? Hell no. Not yet. And may never be.

    Danica makes a boat load of money. He he he. And she drives as well as some.
    Works for her!

  21. akismet-a4c90ff9e9b9b02a49eac201b2c8c3b3 - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    When will women be recognized as equals, you morons?? If that was some guy who just started racing Nascar, and finished back in the pack, such as KYLE PETTY often did in his not so illustrious career, nothing would ever be said. Just because this is a young pretty women, people seem to think she should have to prove herself in extraordinary ways. The truth is, the ignorant comments are obviously coming from threatened male egos….lol. She is out there qualifying and working hard like everyone else, so she has the fking right to be there! And besides, regardless of where she finishes, the press she provides is only good for the sport. I have watched Richard Petty for the last fifty years, but recently lost a lot of respect.

  22. pimener - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    If there is going to be a match race, at least bring back Bill Lester in an equal car . It might make room for more publicity.

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