The NASCAR off-season had a number of interesting story-lines but the one that captured most of the headlines was about Danica Patrick. At a NASCAR off-season event in Toronto where Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty made a statement at Canadian Motorsports Expo, stating that, “If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a racetrack.
Well Patrick races for the out spoken Tony Stewart and “The King’s, ” remarks clearly gave the driver that friends call “Smoke,” a reason to be mad. According to ESPN Stewart’s feelings about Richard Petty’s comments that Danica Patrick could only win a Sprint Cup race if “everybody else stayed home” finally bubbled over.
Before a live audience at an appearance near Daytona International Speedway, Stewart told Performance Racing Network that he suggested to his Stewart-Haas Racing driver that she challenge the 76-year-old Petty, NASCAR’s all-time leader in wins (200) and co-holder of the championships record (7), to a match race.
“I think that (a race) would pretty much settle it once and for all, maybe get him to shut up a little bit, too,” Stewart said. “I will supply the cars. If he wants to race her, I’ll make sure they have exactly the same setup in the car and give him the chance. He can drive one of my 14 cars. I don’t care.”MORE…