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Danica Patrick Slammed By Veteran Racer

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Danica Patrick has, in recent years, become just as well known for her racy Go Daddy ads as she has for her driving, and veteran racer Kyle Petty thinks that’s a very bad thing.

Petty said recently that he doesn’t think Patrick is a real race car driver and doesn’t believe she has what it takes to be one, despite the attention she gets for being a female driver. Her skills, he says, don’t meet the hype.

“That’s where I have a problem,” he said on SPEED’s “Race Hub”. “Where fans have bought into the hype of the marketing, to think she’s a race car driver. She can go fast, and I’ve seen her go fast. She drives the wheels off it when she goes fast…she’s not a race car driver. There’s a difference. The King always had that stupid saying, but it’s true, ‘Lots of drivers can drive fast, but very few drivers can race.’ Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs. She can go fast, but she can’t race.”

“The King” Petty is referring to is his own father, driver Richard Petty, who won the NASCAR championship seven times and took first place a record 200 times over the course of his career. His bloodline might lend credibility to his opinions, but fellow driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. disagrees.

“If she was not able to compete,” Earnhardt said, “I think you might be able to say Kyle has an argument. But she’s out there running competitively and running strong on several accounts. I think that she has got a good opportunity and a rightful position in the sport to keep competing and she just might surprise even Kyle Petty.”

In a sport like race car driving–which has been male-dominated since it was invented–it can be frustratingly difficult for women to gain a foothold or be taken seriously; Patrick, therefore, has earned some criticism over the years for putting a spotlight on her looks off the track.

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Danica Patrick Slammed By Veteran Racer
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  • http://Yahoo Ray

    This girl is only on the course for money from commercials and appearances, she will never win and sooner or later people will realize she’s just “ONE BIG JOKE.”

  • Steve

    She’s a Anna Kournikova of NASCAR. She’s there to put butts into seats and look good while never winning anything significant. Of Course Earnhardt Jr. comes to her defense. He’s where he is because of his last name, not his personal success. I think this tells us something about the NASCAR fan base. Perhaps they are a little too media-centric.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      Kournikova actually won titles. Granted, they were in doubles tennis, but she still won. How many races has Danica won? Overall? The answer is a whopping one, and that’s including her entire professional driving career.

  • Glenn

    Commin from a loser like Kyle petty is typical. He never wins. So he in fact is not a race car driver either

    • George

      He never wins because he’s retired. He wasn’t the most talented racer, but he’s got an opinion and he’ free to share it. He learned from one of the best.

    • R

      Petty has 8 career wins.
      9 more than Champ Witha Tramp Stamp will ever have.

  • Glenn

    Ray appears to be a loser lover.the law just said its okay for ray to marry his boyfriend!!!

  • tony

    Have you seen Kyle’s wife. Of course he’s jealous.

  • Robert Smith

    I love Kyle Petty and the entire Petty Family but. For Kyle to rake Danika over the coles and say she is not a reace car driver is stupid at best. Now if this were comeing from his dad (the King) or the likes of Darrell Waltrip I would be posting this. Kyle in his 21 years of “driving” has a grand total of 8 wins. he has room to talk. So to Kyle, SHUT UP DUDE. So, if she’s not a race car drive then what does Kyle have to say about the other 25 drivers that are below her in the points..

    • R

      English isn’t your language,is it?

  • Name

    Lets deal with reality and stop being so politically correct.

    If she didn’t look the way she does, she would not have the fame she does. She is a pretty woman who drives a race car and that attracts fans. Danica is an okay driver. Not great. Who knows, maybe one day she will be a great driver, but right now she isn’t. However, she does have a lot of skills and that should not be diminished.

    I don’t know her personally. She seems like she is a nice enough woman. I say let her keep driving all she wants. Just please don’t try to tell me that she would be just as famous if she was 170 pounds and losing on the Nascar circuit the way she does. If this was a ugly woman or a guy with the same statistics, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

  • Clint

    After being a NASCAR fan for 30 years, I will state that the entire TNT crew of drivers has no business stating this. For those that remember, Kyle Petty ran laps in NASCAR and for the vast majority of his career finished at or worse than where Danica is finishing. If this came from Dale Jarrett or Rusty Wallace, fine, but this came from someone who literally “raced” due to his father’s name and promoted companies because of that name. HE has NO room to speak. HE just summed up his career in NASCAR.

    • R

      You had more than 8 wins?

  • darcy

    Kyle Petty is a male shovinist pig.How the Hell does he know how she races when in almost every race she has been in she is being crashed into by other MALE SHOVINISTS.You can tell when a wreck is intentional and when its not and Danica is being wrecked when she is doing good on the track. Its like when the male drivers get pissed off when someone wrecks them on purpose or not and they go after that driver and wrecks them but they are doing it to Danica because she is a woman.It is time that one or more of the big name race car drivers open their mouths and stand up for her and maybe it will stop because i believe she is going to get killed because they dont think she should be racing.

    • Clint

      Darcy…really? I am not the one that disliked your comment, but I got to say, how you are able to pull what you said out of this article or his comments is in a word “REACHING”! NASCAR would never allow drivers to wreck her on purpose, and her wrecks have been a result of her learning and being back in the pack. Not that she is a woman. I know you are trying to defending her, but taking it to this level is a direct result of why “male chauvinist” spelled correctly this time, are out there. A comment like yours only hurts her cause.

  • Jason

    This is hilarious…..of ALL people to say this it has to be Kyle Petty??!! What did he VER do in racing other than just go around the track every Sunday? The only reason anyone knows who he even is because of his dad….one of the greatest drivers ever. If this cam from a REPUTABLE Nascar driver it would hold some weight, but not from some nobody who never did anything in racing.

    • R

      He won 8 more times than Patrick,or you.

  • http://YAHOO.COM RACECARDRIVER SAM

    HEY RAY & KYLE PETTY, YOU ARE BOTH NOTHING BUT NO-CLASS, LITTLE BABIES WITH – (WOOSSIES!!!) DANICA, HAS BIGGER BALLS THEN YOU TWO PUT TOGETHER! SHE WOULD KICK YOUR ASSES ON & OFF THE RACE TRACK! KYLE PETTY IS A SPOILED, LITTLE, (PETTY BOY) THAT COULD NEVER BE ANYWHERE NEAR AS GREAT A DRIVER AS HIS FATHER,(RICHARD PETTY!) SHAME ON YOU KYLE PETTY!!! DANICA IS BY FAR A BETTER RACE CAR DRIVER THEN YOU EVER WERE!!! SO STOP BEING A (BIG-CRY-BABY!!!) GO-DANICA!!!

  • Gary

    Kyle Petty was NO RACER either as far as I can see. His last 10 yrs he placed no higher than 27th in the standings. He also had one 3 top ten seasons with the rest being mediocre at best…and that’s being nice. Will Danica win in Nascar? Probably not but Kyle should be the last person commenting on who’s a racer and who’s not Kyle was just happened to be the son of a real Racer or he would have never held a Nascar steering wheel.

  • John

    Had Richard made these comments I may have put some stock into the article. However Kyle is nothing more that the son of one of the greatest. I can’t help but believe he is just threatened by a female. How many poles has Kyle won?

    Whether Danica ever achieves success in racing time will only tell. However I believe the sport is big enough to let her try.

  • Larry T

    Kyle Petty was in the sport for as long as he was only because of his last name “Petty”. The running joke with my friends has always been that Klye Petty as a race car driver sucked, and he shouldn’t be racing. King Richard will always be considered a great force in NASCAR and Kyle never was.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

    Ashley Force >>>> Danica

  • randell

    Well part of what Kyle said is true , she’s 31 should already be in her prime for NASCAR racing, she don’t mix it up like door to door racing . People talk like this is her first year an in learning curve , her learning curve should have been last year, she is just running laps out there . Kyle is the first to say he was no racer , and he did win a couple of races , I would agree if there was no Go Daddy money she would not be out there . I could not see any team picking her up based on her racing thus far. I like her but don’t ever see her as a contender for top ten or the chase . And that’s what NASCAR is supposed to be about an not a beauty show . There are many other drivers out there that are no better or no worse than her ,an they should be let go as drivers as well . meaning if you only want out there to collect a check your not a racer ……..

  • Matt

    Kyle Petty as is everyone of us, entitled to his opinion. I’m not going to waste my time bashing him and having been a NASCAR fan since 1979 I saw his whole career. Now about Danica; Dale Jr. picked her to drive his Nationwide car and no one can tell me that Jr. doesn’t know talent when he sees it. Most of his past Nationwide drivers have done well in the Sprint Cup Series. In my opinion I see a lot of drivers not treating Danica as an equal, even those who finished below her in points and has anyone heard Kyle Petty bash any male driver like that? I see a new powerhouse on the horizon with Stewart-Haas Racing and I see the new additions of Harvick, and Bush along with boss man Tony and the Hendrick drivers as being Danica’s teachers and supporters. Danica has been slightly timid in my opinion and needs and will learn to lean on these guys and the other drivers will figure out to treat her with respect or they will be finding that her team mates will treat them as they treat her and once they realize it won’t be Danica coming over to have a talk with them after the race, but her team mates, we will see her win races and will be treated on the race track as any other driver which right now is not happening. We may even see Dale Jr. get so sick of finishing second that he throws most popular driver out the window get pissed off and drive with attitude! Never forget that this opinion was given to me by the Forefathers and Soldiers of our great nation. http://www.ratical.org/co-globalize/BillOfRights.html#1

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