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Richard Petty reignites Danica Patrick controversy: He’ll race her ‘when she wins 200 races’

May 21, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT

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Richard Petty’s challenge to race Danica Patrick is still on the table.

But there’s now a caveat, Petty told The Tennessean newspaper during an appearance in suburban Nashville on Monday.

“When she wins 200 races we’re going to have a race,” said Petty, who holds NASCAR’s all-time wins record with 200 victories of his own.

Obviously, The King wasn’t overly impressed with Patrick’s career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas nearly two weeks ago.

“So far I haven’t been proven wrong,” Petty told The Tennessean about Patrick’s development as a Sprint Cup driver.

During an appearance at an auto performance show in Canada in mid-January, Petty began what became a war of words with Patrick and her team co-owner, Tony Stewart, saying the only way Patrick would ever win a Sprint Cup race was “If everybody else stayed home.”

Stewart offered to provide cars for a race with Patrick, who eventually said she’d be up to the task of racing Petty, who last drove a stock car competitively in 1992.

There’s been no comment from the Patrick camp on Petty’s latest salvo.

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Click here to check out the story and video of Petty’s interview with The Tennessean.

  1. ydousuk - May 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I am not a Patrick fan, but please Petty just shut up. You won at least half of your races at Mom and Pop race tracks racing local part time racers. Yes, you had talent, but you also had equipment FAR superior to your competitors. Be a real Man, and either bow out gracefully, or race her.

    • ajah24 - May 26, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      She has excellent equipment and no talent.

      • ydousuk - May 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        As I stated above, I am not a big Patrick fan, but what you posted is ignorant. No, she certainly isn’t the “best” driver in Sprint Cup by a long shot, but she obviously does have talent. She finished in the top ten at Kansas…What I don’t understand, is why some people seem to have so much hatred towards her. There are other drivers that are much more annoying/obnoxious than her. Go Daddy must think that it makes financial sense to sponsor her, and she isn’t wrecking other drivers any more than others, so why the hatred?

      • scott386 - May 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        There are other drivers that are much more annoying/obnoxious than her?? Who would these drivers be..? The only weekly stories I see are about Danica…..One top ten doesn’t make you a “skilled” driver..More like lucky…

  2. noahbird - May 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Richard’s bones would break from sustained Gs. Then again he’s be winning up until that point.

  3. flappy5 - May 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Dementia ??

  4. techmeister1 - May 21, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Yeah it’s sad to see the King making a royal ass of himself in his senior years. It’s unfortunate. He can undo a lot of good he’s created over the years by making ignorant comments as he’s done lately.

  5. barrylibby - May 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    ydousuk has it 100% with the shut up request. That along with a healthy dose of historical facts.

    techmeister also is correct it is sad ! What is he accomplishing ? Nothing .

    Their are many former champions in motorsports ,most are gracious enough to be just that and not demean themselves.

    It is a different age and a different sport now , tell me Mr. Petty if she had come along with the sponsorship money
    would you have turned her away fro your team ?

  6. worknman24hours - May 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Now there’s a statement I can get behind.

    Well said,Richard.

    Danica ,you need to start winning races and fast.

    • maparko - May 23, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      First of all she would only need to win one race to render the point mute since he said she couldn’t win unless the rest of the drivers stayed home. I guess at Kansas she would have only needed 6 to stay home. I have an idea let’s try it at INDY in an INDYCAR. He couldhave his son Kyle take his place or even his former INDY driver John Andretti. Oh, I forgot hetried that a couple of times in the same equipment set up by his cousin Michael Andretti and she finished inthe top 10 each time to go along with the total of 6 top 10’s out of seven tries while John either crashed or finished up the track. In thousands of laps around INDY she never hit the wall and until this year in totally new cars she had the fastest lap 229.80 in the last ten years.

      • eaglefish - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        Remember, Danica had one win while in the IndyCar league and had it not been told to slow down because she might not have enough gas to finish the Indy 500, she would have won that, also. It would be interesting to see how well the King could drive one of today’s NASCAR high tech race cars after not being behind the wheel for 22 years.

    • 48GOAT - May 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Too bad ol Dick’s accomplishments were back in an era where
      some races only had 12 cars
      some races were far fewer laps
      most cars weren’t comparable

      His record would fall apart in a true comparison to today’s racing with far more competitive cars, and drivers, and longer races that pretty much always have a full field. Mr ‘Petty accomplishments’ and rude BS attacks against NASCAR with undermining her credibility shows just how pathetic his integrity really is.

      • scott386 - May 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Dude…she’s NEVER going to sleep with you….

      • ajah24 - May 26, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Her credibility? She doesn’t have any. She only got a top ride in both Indy and NASCAR by her marketing. Her only win was against a weakened field. So if you are going to toss some of his wins, then you need to get rid of several of her top 10s and her one win. After all fair is fair.

      • ydousuk - May 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Scott…reallly?? That’s your response? Dude grow up.

  7. charger383 - May 22, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    This will keep Richard Petty alive for next 200 years just waiting

  8. captaingroovy - May 25, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    I think Richard’s timing chain maybe has got some slack in it and jumped a tooth or two, that or he has started the Mountain Dew that comes in Mason Jars or Jugs instead of stuff Dale Jr is sponsored by. Regardless of which I think Kyle of someone else should give him a big glass of Shut-the-Hell-Up juice so he will stop making a Male-Donkey out of himself.

  9. sbs2ncsc4 - May 26, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Damn. I thought ol’ Richard had a bit more class than to continue to make a fool of himself over someone who never was, and isn’t, a threat to his legacy. Kinda’ makes one think Petty’s either
    jealous or just plain ol’ sexist. In any case.

    • zxlaa - May 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Someone in NASCAR sexist? Perish the thought!

  10. scott386 - May 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Leave it to Danica fans to bash a 7 time champion with 200 wins….
    Mabe fat Tony should have kept his mouth shut about the subject…
    It would take about 3000 years for her to get 200 wins at the rate she’s going….
    And at the end of the year she’ll be out of a job and the subject will fade away….

  11. ajah24 - May 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    I have to laugh at the fanicas. Their favorite comeback: “You think you can do better” or “people who criticize Danica, should try strapping in and go 200 mph around a track”. But then when a Legend or someone of the caliber as Richard Petty criticizes her, they get pissy and start to try to reduce his achievements. They say things like “most of his wins were on small tracks with a reduced field” or my personal favorite “he had far superior equipment than his competitors”. What they fail to realize that Danica’s ONE win was a weakened field and if you discount the King’s 60 wins because of that, then you have to discount her win and several of her top 10s. She has always had great to superior equipment and a good driver would be able to put it in the top 10 but she neither has the talent or the fearlessness needed to wheel the car. An occasional top 10 is just isn’t going to cut it. She is basically a marketing tool.

    As far as the King goes, he is basically telling you guys that she isn’t good and the 600 proved it. She had a car that qualified 4th but kept falling back into the 20s until an engine blew that put her out of the race. In her interview she said the car kept getting tighter and tigher but she told her crew chief that the car was “wrecking loose”. SHR even tweeted this. Which was it? Loose or Tight? And who was she lying to? Based on that interview and the conflict of information tells me she can’t give correct feedback for the crew chief to fix the car. He is not a mind reader. Also SHE slammed her breaks to avoid a car that was several car lengths in front of her and on the apron (she was in the top grove) which caused her to be wrecked by Brian Scott. No one expects her to be stopped when the spinning car is out of the way. She can’t help set up a car because she doesn’t have the knowledge.

    Richard Petty has been proven right so far. She isn’t that good. Her record is horrible at best. She has 1 win in a weakened field of 18 cars and it was due to fuel mileage. This is with over 16 years of professional racing. She barely mediocre in Karts. She has 0 wins in Formula Ford, 0 wins in Formula BMW, 0 wins in Formula Atlantic, 1 win in Indy, 0 wins in K&N, 0 wins in ARCA, 0 Wins in Nationwide, and for a final encore: 0 wins in Sprint Cup.

    This years rookies are putting her to shame.

    • scott386 - May 27, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      In the 600 she ran her only laps up front like they were the last laps…No wonder the engine blew…

    • ydousuk - May 27, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Stating facts about Petty’s record is “reducing his achievements?” Why is the truth detracting from his “achievemnents?” Maybe because most people don’t know the details about his “200 wins?”

      • scott386 - May 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Anyone can look up what he has done… Just like you can look up what she hasn’t done….
        And she’s nt going to sleep with you either…

  12. ydousuk - May 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Scott….ya having a dry spell with the women?

    • scott386 - May 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Ha…Typical Danica fan comment…… I don’t have trouble with women because they like a guy who can tell the truth….

      • ydousuk - May 29, 2014 at 4:40 AM

        scott386 – May 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM
        Dude…she’s NEVER going to sleep with you…

        scott386 – May 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM.
        And she’s nt going to sleep with you either…

        See Scott, I was responding to your sixth grade responses. Do you really think anyone takes you serious?

  13. clambert2013 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Come on Richard. You are making a fool of yourself. Shut up. Danica is better than half the pack. She doesn’t make stupid moves and wreck contenders. The other drivers respect her. WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM> I would bet on her her in a race between you or Kyle. Kyle was never as good as Danica. He got a ride because of you.

  14. stew48 - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Richard, you are much too old to talk like that. BTW, do you count the Daytona Yarborough gave you? With a son who was less than average, neither of you should be knocking a very good driver; and, she is!

  15. yeager1787 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    As a kid growing up in the 1960’s I idolized Richard Petty. I even obtained STP stickers from a local ESSO gas station and put them on my bike fenders. Flash forward about 45 years and my one time hero is actually taking snipes at a woman who is trying like Hell to make a living in a Boys Club. Shame on you Richard, I thought the talking smack about Danica Patrick was over and now you are starting it up again. You know full well nobody is going to win 200 races in this day and age. This is your way of copping out of racing one on one with Danica. I have lost total respect for my childhood idol. I had always wished I could have met you in person, now that would not mean anything to me. I don’t think of you as the King of NASCAR anymore, you have been dethroned. I nominate my true hero, Dale Earnhardt (Sr.) as the new King of NASCAR. He never would have disrespected Danica the way you have done. And he would have loved to have raced against Danica, Just for the fun of it !!! Dale respected women, it’s a shame you can’t respect women.

    Sign me, a former Richard Petty fan,

    Bob Yeager

  16. joshuaratz1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Richard, you’re a crazy 77 year old son of a bastard. 200 races – yeah right! Only way Danica or anyone would do that is win in the World of Oultaws for about 10 years 20 times a year like Donny Schatz did last year. That’s the only reason why you won so many to begin with. Couldn’t have left it go, could you, you old fart?

    That’s how you won, Richard, the amount of races was higher in your day than now in NASCAR.

  17. joshuaratz1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    No response from the Patrick camp regard Petty’s comments? Gee I wonder why?

    Because all Petty is a has-been who’s trying to throw out people he thinks nothing but losers and will continue to be losers if he and everyone else opens up their mouths.

    Remember Rocky III, Mr. Petty?

    You keep telling somebody they are going to be nothing and they’ll stay nothing. That’s what Apollo Creed said to Paulie in Rocky III because he didn’t encourage Rocky and kept calling the guy basically a has-been, that he doesn’t have rhythm.

  18. quackbury - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    King Richard might (MIGHT) have a chance of beating Michael Schumacher today. Beating Danica? He has as much chance of beating her as he does sleeping with her. Ain’t enough Viagra in the world, baby.

  19. smokinaces69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Petty is getting old and feeble, but he’s right she’s an average driver with a 20 million dollar a year sponsorship footing the bill…Tony Stewart sold his ownership soul for 20 million a year…

  20. eaglefish - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Interesting how so many on this thread chastise Danica. Yet, non of you drivers in NASCAR! How many of you guys could drive one of those cars at almost 230 mph on a track? She is good enough to race in NASCAR or she wouldn’t be there regardless of her marketing herself and sponsorship. She is no worse than any of the slow boys and a lot better than some of them. Should she be more aggressive wither driving, yeah. But, how much gaff would she get for that. As far as, her equipment, it needs to be a lot better! If she wasn’t a woman – well spoken and attractive – these conversations wouldn’t even exist. Jealousy – envy – Remember pride comes before a fall.

  21. jjl80126 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comparing actual stock cars drivers and the Frankencars they drive today is pointless. Could JJ win in the 70s? Petty win in todays car? Who knows, but there has to be a change in how we assess drivers past and present. And, for better or worse, NASCAR has taken the WWE approach to their operations. And it’s working. Its not about butts in the seats. Its about apps, eyeballs, ad dollars, click throughs, Mail order sales, entrance music crossovers, 18-43 quarter demos and Q Ratings. And keeping a nice tight monopoly from owners and racetracks to radio. And that means eye candy wins over skills. Look at the standings, year after year, its the same guys in the top 20 and the same bunch in the bottom remnants. Yea, they get a nut every once and a while and “shock” the world, but none of them will get anything but hotel money and a lucky loser fan base.

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