May 21, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT
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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