When Danica Patrick crossed over into NASCAR it was monumental, historic and a good day for women and for NASCAR. Danica was (and still is) sexy and just as tough entering the male dominated world of stock car racing. She’s well aware of her place in NASCAR history and even more aware that she hasn’t always been welcomed. Such is the case recently when Kyle Petty made some disparaging remarks about Patrick on Speed’s Race Hub
Accorcding to USA Today Sports Petty commented, Thursday that Patrick “can go fast, but she can’t race.” He’s also quoted as saying:
“I think she’s come a long way, but she’s still not a race car driver,” he said. “And I don’t think she’s ever going to be a race car driver.”
Wow! Those are some very strong words from Petty, but not everybody agrees with him. In fact, it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. who spoke out in Patrick’s defense.
“I have to disagree with Kyle,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday at Kentucky Speedway. “I think she’s a tough competitor. She works really hard at what she does and she has run some really good races. On every occasion, she’s outrunning several guys on the circuit.
“If she was not able to compete or not able to run minimum speed or finishing in last place every week, 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 agree with Dale Jr. and what’s more, what’s wrong with being a marketing vehicle for the sport? NASCAR’s female fan base, and male, for that matter, has increased since Danica joined the races. And, for the record, she IS racing. She takes what she does serious and give time and effort to the sport.
I don’t agree with Kyle Petty. NASCAR might be a man’s world, but this woman is making it better.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,