Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kyle Petty: Danica Patrick will never be race car driver


NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has brought a lot of attention to the sport over the years.

However, there are some who are skeptical that Patrick will ever become a dominant driver. Count the son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty as one of them.

On Thursday, former driver and current analyst Kyle Petty appeared on SPEED's NASCAR RaceHub program and called Patrick a "marketing machine" but not a race car driver.

"Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs," said Petty. "She can go fast, but she can't race. I think she's come a long way, but she's still not a race car driver. And I don't think she's ever going to be a race car driver."

Interviewer Matt Clark then proceeded to ask Petty why he believes Patrick won't ever be a race car driver in his opinion. Petty argued that it was "too late to learn."

Whoa. Those are some harsh words indeed.

Patrick, who is in her first full year as Sprint Cup driver, has seven top-10 finishes in 60 career Nationwide Series races. However, she has yet to finish in the winner's circle.

For what it's worth, Petty did admit that he wasn't the best driver himself. It should be noted that it took Petty six years as a full-time Cup driver before he won his first race. Petty finished his NASCAR career with eight wins and 173 top-10 finishes in 829 races.

Via USA TODAY

124 comments:

  1. Sadly, I agree with Petty! But, Petty isn't much of a driver either. Having said that, I think Danica is good for the sport and I just hope she doesn't go into the records as being the first "female" driver killed or seriously injured by the good-old-boys of NASCAR. Most of the "drivers" are so full of testosterone they can't see out of their visors. Danica has had a target painted on her back since she first arrived in NASCAR. The good-old-boys would rather "take her out" than risk the chance she might beat them. I wish Danica luck but she doesn't stand a chance of being a front-runner in the series. She drives to bring the entire car back to the garage after the race... not just the steering wheel.

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    1. You stated that Danica would never bring bach to the garage just the steering wheel! She is not willing to take the chance to decome a GREAT DRIVER!! That is why Danica will never be more than an AD Campaign! I do agree Danica is good for NASCAR,that is all she will ever be,just GOOD FOR NASCAR!!!!!

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    2. Danica LEAVING IndyCar was the best thing that she could do for that series. Her only win there was strictly fuel strategy and she played a VERY small part. (yes I realize that a lot of races are won on fuel strategy)She is the Starbucks of racing; great marketing, lousy product.

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    3. She may never win the Cup championship, but she's still finishing ahead of many others who have been on the circuit a heck of a lot longer than she has, and this is only her first full season. With Stewart at her side (and watching her back), she'll do better in years to come.

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    4. well she is a race car driver,just not the best one. give her time she is just a rookie. thats better than all you morons that are griping about her. how many races have you puds won

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    5. .........and don't forget that it was Junior who tutored her in the Nationwide series. She's in good company.

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    6. I absolutely agree. After listening to the race radios during the cup event in Dallas last year and hearing/observing what she had to put up with from other drivers that would be openly criticized if it had been done by a good-ol-boy to one of his own, I was disappointed. She does have a target on her back. NASCAR is different than when Bonnie B broke into Drag Racing, because it can become gang warfare on the track, whereas Drag Racing is one vs. one. I believe that she clearly understands that she still has a lot to learn and has an honest and competitive desire to do so. I also believe that she will get there. Sadly it will be in spite of the concerted efforts of many to keep her from doing so.

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    7. Kyle Petty first six seasons no wins how in the hell is he an expert on who is and who isn't a real driver? His name is the only reason he ever got in the sport.

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    8. Wow! Mr. Ed, well said. Thoughtful and insightful! are you taken? LOL!

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    9. In nhra, Judy always had a target on her back, all you had to do was hang around in the pits, when she got to the semis, and the good ole boys rallied with any support to the other guys to put in on her, but it only proved to make her a better person, I was not a Judy fan, until I saw what went on behind the scenes, I truly admire her now, thanks Judy for the memories

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  2. Who gives a damn what a has been has to say about another race car driver. Lets see from what I can remember kyle petty got to where he was because of his last name and thats a fact. When his daddy sold out,he was forced to retire.He wasnt a race car driver either. He had no choice but to retire,because everyone knew he wasnt a race car driver.I'm sure he didnt have anyone breaking his door down to get him to drive their car. Of course he didnt once daddy sold out the free ride was over. If you ask me his daddy carried him way too long and blew big bucks in doing so. I'm sure the job he got after retiring also had alot to do with his name. Because he sucks at that also.. Kyle Petty's opinion means squat!! Petty should just keep his mouth shut and maybe see what Danica has done after six years in nascar....Just Saying!!

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    1. No one in the sport has gotten where he is any more then Dale Jr.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not a Kyle Petty fan but when it comes to Danica he is so right. She will never be a race car driver. If she wants to race with the big boys she better go to the Petty driving school. Richard Petty was and is one of the best nascar has to offer to this date and that encludes JJ and Jeff. Do Not bad mouth a great driver like Richard Petty enless you can do a better job. That also brings up the Dillion boys, who would not be where they are if it were not for POP POP. Both those boys should be driving for other teams and see just how good they really are. When you come into the sport with a horse shoe you know where like those boys did you have it made. You have the best cars money can buy etc. There are better young drivers that should be in nascar but just don't have the money. Face the facts folks money talks loud and clear.

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    2. To be fair, Kyle Petty he never drove for his father's raceteam. Most of his career was spent at Felix Sabates racing. But yes, had his last name not been Petty, things would have been different. Much the same can be said for Dale Earnhardt Jr. however. Unlike a lot of current and former drivers he has always been in top notch equipment..with multi high dollar sponsors and yet has NEVER won a Sprint Cup championship. His win total would be 4-6 less had it not been for Michael Waltrip pushing him to victory lane during plate races. Don't believe me? How many plate races has Jr. won since Waltrip was his teammate? Look it up. No driver has ever been more overrated than Dale Jr.

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    3. Kyle destroyed his career when he drove for his Dads team in the late 90's and onward until he retired. When he was with Felix Sabates racing he was a winner and a top 5 in points contender. But then he decided to help his dad's team out. He had to earn his own ride into the sport before the big PR marketing stuff took effect in the early 2000's. Don't worry about the Dillion boys, they won't do much if anything at the cup level since pop pop can't give them a Sprint cup level cars to race against Nationwide and Truck teams to win like he has done once they are full time in the Sprint cup series since well they'll be in equalish equpiment at that level. Yes, I can't stand to see them in the #3 car. I hope RC loses on this bet and his team folds because the kids start pulling a Steve Wallace and wrecking every car they get until they bankrupt pop pop.

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  3. Kyle said what many of us already know: DP had only 3 lead lap finishes out of her first 21 Sprint Cup races. Her average starting position over 21 cup races was 34th, her average finishing position was 27th. Regardless of Kyle's driving record- he's now an analyst, not a driver. And I believe he's better at the former than the latter. Now if he could do something about the perpetual frog in his throat...

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  4. And Kyle thinks he is?

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    1. you are sooooooo correct !! Kyle could'nt drive for shit & is a fucking moron !!
      another dude using daddy's name , IE :: Marco Andretti & Dale JR

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    2. Knock Kyle for using his last name to get the foot in the door all you want but Daddy never helped him get into Nascar. Kyle had to do it on his own and race other peoples cars and you won't recall it but he actually was once a Top 5 in points runner back in the mid 90's. Then he went to his dad's team to help the family and destroyed the rest of his career.

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    3. I agree with your statement on using "daddy's name". Dale Jr. isn't worth a shit as a driver!!!

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    4. not all sons can be like his dad same with other sports that their dad excels in

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  5. I think them boys on the track are scared of her,and so is her boyfriend,they know she has the skill,and some day soon she do it

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    1. They aren't scared of her. They know that her time will pass once the media fire dies down as she slips into obscurity.

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    2. You think everyone is afraid of her? Even the boyfriend who snatches her panties off whenever he wants? lol Wow, could you be any dumber?

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  6. Who care about racing its like watching socks go around in a dryer

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    1. If you don't care about racing get off this site there are some of us that do, and our comments count as we watch all the series and can comment intelligently.

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    2. watching the whole series kinda voids any stake you have in the intelligence race lol j/k but really watching the stuff will rot your brain its been proven

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    3. same with Tennis as you move your head back and forth and you look at the ball goes over the fence back and forth !!

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    4. hahahahahahahahaha. Hahahahaha ha ha hah

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  7. Hey Kyle, how many Indy car races did YOU win??

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    1. Just FYI "Kyle didn't race Indy Car!"

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    2. She only won 1. and that was not due to driving, it was due to fuel strategy by her crew chief. All she had to do was not wreck the car.

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  8. Well there goes KP's job ,he should know better than to criticise "queen Danica"

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    1. Well Danica did not light up the open wheel circuit....ONE victory in over how many races over how many years... ONE win, period, and in fields much smaller than NASCAR... she is an atm for the team, but a DNF far too often on the track... and amazingly it is NEVER her fault.. NEVER

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    2. At least Kyle has the guts to say what so many of us nascar fans say on a weekly basis, but can't get it on national tv. Way to go Kyle. And by the way for those of you who did not listen good to Kyle's interview he said he was not a good driver but he loved the to race and loved the sport. That is what counts just as much as driving. We all know that a lot of these drivers are doing it for the money " as they all are way over paid" in the cup series. The trucks don't get paid enough and the cup is way over paid.

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    3. Kyle isn't that great at broadcasting either. He's there only because of his last name. His 'machine gun' comments are hard to listen to. He speaks as though he's still in a race.

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    4. He is right she is overrated but it's funny coming from a guy who only got there by his last name and he has the stats to prove it. He has 4 times more DNQ's (28) than wins (8) IMPRESSIVE to say the least. In his last 15 years of racing he had 1 I repeat 1 win.

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    5. That's what will happen to you when you raced for Petty Enterprises back from the late 90's to 2011. He ruined his career by helping his Dad's team in hopes of creating a dynasty. He was winning and running in the top 5 in points before he went to PE.

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  9. With a winning percentage of LESS than 1%, Kyle should keep his comments to himself. I was never a fan of King Richard, regardless of how many races he won, and that smile of his is sickening. Never a fan of Kyle either.

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    1. The drivers of today should take a lesson from Richard HE ALWAYS STOPS TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AND ALWAYS HAS. THE DRIVERS OF TODAY ACT LIKE ITS A PAIN TO DO ANY SIGNING. Might i remind them if it were not for us fans they would not be making the millions of dollars they make.

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  10. She will never win a race because she'll get wrecked before those BIG EGOS let her.

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  11. In 115 starts she won one IRL race on fuel mileage (leaders had to pit). She was always in top cars and equipment. In 60 Nationwide races she managed 7 top tens. In a car that won multiple races and two championships with the two previous drivers. If everyone is honest about this, they will admit she has her ride because of sponsorship appeal and not her driving ability. She is a middle of the pack driver but because of her appeal, she gets top team rides that other drivers could do more with if they had the same equipment.

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  12. Wow! For Kyle to say that is like running a bus over yourself. Danica may be a female but let me say this it takes a tremendous amount of courage to drive a racecar on any track at speeds near 200 mph. She is a very good driver not the best thats for sure but not the worst. When you look at the learning curve most spend years in lower level rides. She is gaining the confidence she needs every week. But let me say MS. Danica drove at Indy and that is just about as hard as it gets when you come out of turn 4 and the car pushes up to the wall by a gust of wind and you just know that your inches away from hitting the wall and you must not over correct or the back end is coming around. Then and only then do you know what kind of driver you are. Lets see Kyle do that and not put it in the wall at over 200 miles per hour. Folks Kyle had his say but Kyle is not his daddy and if King Richard was racing in this day and age. He would not be called the King he may have been just a good driver that won a dozen or so races. Money talks and as we know the bull walks. Start walking Kyle. I feel sorry for you because Danica is well liked and Nascar needs to be opening the doors to all. I also want to thank guys like Montoya. I got to see a Jet dryer get drilled by a F1 driver. At that my friends is just flat out FUNNY! I got a grand says Danica will never do that. And I have a grand that Kyle wont be on TV much longer maybe this is his last year after that stupid remark. WOW!

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  13. listen there are alot worse drivers on the track then her.she will get there

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    1. WHO?????????????????

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  14. Look at the Anonymous aticle written at 5:38 a.m. If you repace Kyle's name with Dale JR. It fits. Are they twins. Nope Kyle has a bigger voabulary than Dale's "UM".

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    1. Dale Jr. needs to retire as a driver. He has the best cars and equipment and can only win at Michigan every five years or so.

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  15. I guess Kyle can feel what Danica is going through then, being he was never one as well. SNAP!!

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    1. He has won races and was once a top 5 runner in points before he destroyed his career by going to Petty Enterprises to help Dad out. Tell me again how he started out driving Hendricks level equipment and was finishing multiple laps down racing against the underfunded and start & park teams for 30th place?

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    2. yes, we know he was a top 5 runner in points before he destroyed his career by helping poor old dad out.....you have only stated this fact like 15 times!!!! I bet ole Kyles nuts are sore from you swinging on them all day like this....

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  16. A wise woman whom I greatly respect, even though she is not a NASCAR fan, said it all in just four words, "He's just being petty."

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  17. Kyle was blessed with good ole boy-ism and being a member of that club who is daddy was got him where he is at. Put Kyle in an Indy Car and see what he can do. Kyle your priviledged not talented..

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  18. As a looooong time fan I am tired of tuning in to the race and getting the Danica Patrick show every week.

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    1. I completely agree. I wish she was a decent driver because I'd love to see a woman dominate - but she isn't. She is making money because men are buying her merchandise.

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  19. I agree with Anonymous. I am sick of listening to the Danica, Junior show every race. Those two should have a race of their own and at least one of them would win.

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  20. KYLE....... Come On!! You get paid a lot of money to spout off, ONLY because of your last name! Never to take away from the racing world what the Petty family has given to racing.. You can truly say you have given it your all.. But leave it at that.. As a race car driver you had equipment way above your head. So trying to judge Danica is just something you can't do.. Give Danica the same time frame given many other drivers, and then when she is your age, today, lets look at the books! Retire now Kyle, while you're respected..

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    1. kYLE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH ENOUGH GUTS TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS.

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  21. I'm the guy that slammed Kyle above... And yeah, I'm tired of the Danica-mania.. it is old, but it's something NASCAR can't earn on it's own.. It's general media attention. NASCAR is going to die.. It won't last forever because it's the same thing over and over, year in and year out. Rivalries are forbidden, trash talk is penalized, so what's the attraction? NONE, unless you can't quite guess how a car turns left! General media attention means sponsors! Period! With sponsors we fans get to watch racing for free on TV.. That's it!
    As a pure driver, had Janet Guthrie been inside Jimmy Johnson's body he'd have won 9 Championships by now, based on what I knew her heart to have! Danica may or may not be the same.. Just wait, watch, and be thankful to the sponsorship gods!

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  22. And how many current nascar drivers have not won a race???

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    1. That is exactly what I was thinking. Looks to me like she is in good company!

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  23. aren't there other women in racing? maybe a wallace daughter? sorry she isn't danica what was i thinking i am a female, and sick to death of danica because she is attractive and built well, nascar thinks she is all that! whatever. you go kyle, i agree with you 100% and don't ever stop voicing your opinion, which is what it is , an opinion. right wrong or otherwise i enjoy nascar hub and racing, but when the race turns into the danica show, i leave the room, or chang the channel for half an hour til racing comes back on

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  24. I think she is good for the sport. also she is a marketing machine and I guess that's ok . just look at Jr. that's the soul purpose Hendrick hired him. He sells T-shirts.I think he will be another Kyle Petty or Sterling Marlin. It's really getting too late for him to get championship.But I also think this has been his most consistant year yet only because he's finally listening to this crew chief, he probably got sat down and was told he better tighten up,that more is expected from him.What excuse could he have he's got the very best equipment in NASCAR , has had how many crewchiefs rotated around him. but enough about him.I just think there are a lot worst drivers out there that have been in the business longer than Danica.So say what you will about her ,she drives pretty darn good for a girl and she looks great always even when she's ticked off.Ive'always liked a woman that stood her ground and wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind.Oh by the way I've not only seen guys buying her stuff, I've seen the girls buying it just the same.

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  25. I love Danica.She is beautiful and talented.She wins every week as far as I'm concerned.

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    1. That's a little creepy..........

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  26. I still think it is a bit early to judge Danica. Some stats foryou all to look at the top15 current in the standings. This year and then the first full year of driving stats. Danica has a low average finnish, but lets see how she does after 2 or 3 years.

    Career Sprint cup
    driver Starts Poles Wins Top10 Ave Avg
    Start Finish
    Jimmie Johnson 415 30 63 258 11 12
    Carl Edwards 317 12 20 166 16 13
    Clint Bowyer 269 2 8 127 17 15
    Kevin Harvick 446 5 21 196 18 15
    Matt Kenseth 488 10 27 236 19 14
    Greg Biffle 382 12 19 151 15 15.9
    Dale Jr. 485 11 19 191 16 16
    Kyle Bush 309 12 26 150 14 15
    Brad Keselowski 141 2 9 51 18 16
    Martin Truex Jr 277 7 2 82 17 18
    Kasey Kahne 340 26 15 128 13 17
    Paul Menard 235 1 1 29 22 22
    Jeff Gordon 705 72 87 419 10 13
    Joey Logano 163 5 2 48 17 18
    Tony Stewart 516 14 48 287 15 13
    Danica Patrick 26 1 0 1 34 27

    First 2 years full years
    driver Starts Poles Wins Top10 Avg Avg
    Start finish
    Jimmie Johnson 36 4 3 21 14 14
    Carl Edwards 36 2 4 18 19 14
    Clint Bowyer 36 0 0 11 20 20
    Kevin Harvick 35 0 2 16 16 14
    Matt Kenseth 34 0 1 11 25 19
    Greg Biffle 35 0 1 6 20 20
    Dale Jr. 34 2 2 5 15 21
    Kyle Bush 36 1 2 13 19 21
    Brad Keselowski 36 1 0 2 23 22
    Martin Truex Jr 36 0 0 5 21 21
    Kasey Kahne 36 4 0 14 14 17
    Paul Menard 36 1 0 1 24 25
    Jeff Gordon 30 1 0 11 13 18
    Joey Logano 36 0 1 7 21 20
    Tony Stewart 34 2 3 21 13 10
    Danica Patrick 26 1 0 1 34 27

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    1. You forgot two things, 1 being what was their track record in the previous series that they competed in. The second is to factor in what equipment most of them were in back during those first two years vs their competition. For the most part many of them were not in top tier equipment. Heck Jeff Gordon was in Hendricks cars back when they weren't all that great in 93'-94' but look at what Danica is running in now. Some of the best stuff in Nascar and that's all she's been capable of is running with the underfunded teams & start and park teams for a 27th place average finish after nearly a full season of starts. Even from your list she's still the worst out of all the stats to this point.

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    2. Someone needs a hobby. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. wait, i'm not done laughing........HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA hah

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  27. To learn to drive on an oval takes time.Most of the these guy's started in local dirt tracks in sprints and dirt modifieds, these are the guys that have the driving skills,then again you have to have money backing you in NASCAR and other top levels of racing.
    A good example is Dale Blaney great sprint car driver but a field fuller in NASCAR. So in this debate Danica just doesnt have the skill level like her boss Tony Stewart has.

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  28. Tony Stewart see something in Danica, and personally I trust Tony's (a three time Champion) judgement far more than Kyle Petty's.
    I like Kyle effort with the Kids Camp. But If it wasn't for the fact that his father was "King Richard" he would have never had a Mic. handed to him!!!
    Danica may or may not when a Championship, But she will win races ad probabally will win more than Kyle has. Then I will be happy to serve CROW to Kyle and let him eat it on Camera!

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    1. He sees something alright, it looks like this $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
      She won't win races, she is in top teir equipment and all she can do is run toe to toe with the underfunded teams and the start & park teams for 30th place.

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  29. if jr didn't hae the last name he has he would bewatching race on tv just like the rest of us.........

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  30. Let's see what Kyle can do behind the wheel of an Indy car then compare the two.

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  31. Ahe's paying her dues and learning more as she goes. Stop being so petty.

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  32. she lost any creds when she posed in a bikini laying over the hood of her car!!!yeck!!!

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  33. REALLY KYLE, YOU ARE THROWING STONES. SHE IS A RACE CAR DRIVER IN THE MOST POPULAR MOTORSPORTS IN THE WORLD. SHE IS DOING QUIT WELL AND LEARNING EVERYDAY. I THINK THIS RUBS ME THE WRONG WAY BECAUSE BECAUSE WITH THE TALENT YOU HAD, I MEAN LACK THERE OF, YOU WERE RIDING ON THE COAT TAILS OF YOUR DAD.... I THINK SOMEONE WITH THE STATS YOU HAD SHOULD KEEP THERE MOUTH SHUT-----AVERAGE POINTS RANKING OF 23--- AVERAGE START OF 23---- AND AVERAGE FINISH OF 21---- WITH ONLY 8 WINS OVER 30 YEARS... YOU MAY WANT TO JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND LET THE BIG BOYS TALK FOR A WHILE

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    1. Actually, F1 is the most popular motorsports in the world. But she is doing quite well against the start and parkers. She's 30 years old. If she still has to learn to be a race driver, it's too late. I admire Kyle for telling it like it is. It's worlds better than listening to those other twits drooling over her for hours on end. As far as coat tails, she's been riding go-daddy's for years because of her looks. And Hendrick and partners are all too willing to keep cashing those checks. Based on her numbers and potential(1 win in the last 10 years), she should finish her career about 10 points average behind Kyle with about 8 less wins. And as far as his opinion, he's been in and around this sport for over 50 years. he's earned that right.
      JMHO. Cheers.

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    2. Nascar most popular motor sport in the world? What world to you live in?

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  34. David Pearson Fan, Danica is amazing driver and time wil tell if she has guts enough to push her way to the winners circle again ! Keeps coming on up each week,go gal I have watched racing for over 55 yrs and it is a bit boreing like socks in a dryer !

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  35. I say to Danica I am you biggest fan, you just keeop driving, and you will get to the finish line first. As for those good old boys, that is all they are old boys, there are those of us that are just good men, and we say drive that car right over the good old boys ass.

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  36. She still has as many wins in the USA as I do....NONE!!!!!

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  37. I believe Danica is simply not strong enough to handle a car in this series. Not many women are strong enough and have the talent to drive at this level. She however can attract the sponsers so that is what really matters $$$$

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    1. Same thing they said about females handling 320 mph in 1000 ft nitro fuel cars in NHRA !! WRONG !!!

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  38. EXACTLY RIGHT...if her name was Danica Smith and ugly as a mud fence no one would even care even if she was a real driver....sex sells, end of story

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  39. Danica Patrick is the 1st race car driver that I would bang. I'd love to be in her "pit crew" ... Baby you can drive my car!

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  40. No Kyle, I will never be a NASCAR driver... Danica already IS

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  41. So of you guys are just stating your opinions which tells me that you either truly do not know Nascar or that you have just started watching Nascar within the last two decades. Kyle's opinion seems to be fueled by the fact that she is a woman. It is evident because in just under 900 races for Kyle Petty he only won 8 times. Hmmm, is not that something to be called into question? Many did the same to him comparing him to his father Richard Petty as he won 200 races out of 1185. I think that Kyle was pretty modest about his unsuccessful career. Of all the drivers that have a worse record, he picks Danica. It is appears that the good 'ole boy attitude of NC is coming out in him. He simply appears to be conducting damage control in order to prevent other women from dominating an all male sport. There are others that could get there like Gabi Dicarlo, Michelle Theriault, Caitlin Shaw and Jennifer Jo Cobb who races in the Craftsman truck series. If Dale Earnhardt had made these comments then maybe he would have had some weight to make this comment but Kyle Petty...really. Her career is already better than his right out of the blocks as at this point he did not have any wins either or any top finishes.

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  42. Frankly, Kyle needs to shut his rich little mouth and go home......Danica Patrick has brought more attention and fans to all kinds of racing than Kyle ever did....Kyle won some, yes, but it wasn't because of any inherent talent he possessed, but more so because of Daddy's money that bought him everything he wanted. Danica didn't have that luxury and instead relied on her looks and personality to bring in the fans and her talent to keep them.......For you Nay-Sayers, how is she any different in exploiting her positives than any of the good old boys who were in Skoal commercials for 30 years.....Kyle, shut the hell up...

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  43. I tend to think the jury is still out on Danica. This year she is learning to drive this beast. The good thing is that everyone is trying to figure out the Gen 6 all at the same time. So this year she protects the equipment, learns how to communicate what the car needs to the crew, and a few crashes won’t hurt either. Next year will tell all. She will have to become aggressive. If she has to deal with the boys club on the track, they will need to remember the words to the song “Smoke gets in your eyes”. And to the comment about having to deal with all the testosterone, well I’ll bet she can win one race every month.

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  44. Kyle Petty never was much of a racecar driver was he?

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  45. You say it was Junior that tutored her in the Nationwide Series.....and while that may be true, Dale Jr. sucks as a race car driver. His name is why he's so popular in the sport. Unless it's one of the 4 restrictor plate races, he's garbage.

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  46. who cares what kyle, has to say he has no room to talk about anyone driving a racecar he was,,, I put that again was driving because of his last name she has already went around a track more than him ,,, that should tell you something there ,,,,and yes she has fans that will stand behind her

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  47. Kyle . . . why not say the same about the giant pack of good ole boys she's racing against that have never accomplished squat after years of racing.

    Kyle Petty is jealous. Plain and simple. Just like his comment.

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  48. GO DANICA!!!!!!!! Kyle Petty is just jealous of the attention.

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  49. No better words ever described DP than, she can go fast but she can't race.

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  50. Kyle petty really has no room to comment on any driver. He was terrible at it. The only reason he even had a ride was his father. Now he is the worst race commentator in the business. He's pathetic Id say he was a has been but he's more of a neverwas.

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    1. Not as pathetic as that bimbo Patrick whose only talent is posing in bathing suits ( UGHH),
      Crashing into walls and throwing tantrums. Sorry Anonymous not a rookie maybe 10 years ago, the only reason SHE is still in racing is SHE is a SHE

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  51. Just glad we don't have to watch her in the Izod Indy Series anymore..

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  52. petty should know who can not drive ,because he never could

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  53. Petty- you should be ashame of yourself, what if someone sayed your wife did not marry you because you raced, it wasn't that for sure not sure what kit was god help her, I hope nascar steps in & does something about your mouth it needs to be cleaned out , now you go to church sunday morning & show everyone what a nice guy you really are you can't fool race fans JERK

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  54. kind of guy you are

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  55. I'm not sticking up for Dale Jr.I'm just telling it the way it was. For all you Dale Jr. haters, so be it! Thats your right.. But if you guys really know anything about Jr. when he started out and even BGN back when Dale Sr. gave that boy the worst cars, equipment etc.. of anyone out there. Sr. said that boys gotta earn it, nobody gave me nothin!! No bull!! Jeff Gordon made the comment when he was just getting into nascar. That he couldnt believe the junk that Jr. was racing with considering who his dad was. Ever since Jr.'s corvette caught fire road racing.He hasn't been the same driver he once was.. Just Saying....

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    1. right he just didnt want him too fast too early

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  56. As for Danica, whats wrong with the girl using what she's got to get to where she wants to go?? Given the same circumstances she's had, you mean to tell me none of you wouldnt have done the same as she has?? Maybe its just a gender thing with racin rednecks??????????

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  57. if it wasn't for kow patties dad he wouldm
    nt have been in a race car?

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  58. I happen to like Danica! She is in a learning period for now !! When she gets comfortable, she will be a win just waiting to happen !!

    Many said the females would not be able to handle pro bike, pro stock car, pro fuel funnies, & fuel dragsters in NHRA Drag Racing !! Guess how many of these folks were wrong---100% !!

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  59. I had the pleasure of driving Lord Richard and Prince Kyle To Work at the local racetrack for a charity event with some of their teams equipment as part of the event. I have driven dozens of famous people and "Hall Of Fame" athletes in my career and I would wish to point out that Richard and Kyle Petty are two of the two of the most humble, polite, kind, generous, good looking, intelligent persons I have had the pleasure of driving.As we reached the event they signed autographs for the people working the grounds without hurrying things, treated everyone with respect without being pompeous. All focus was on safety once arriving infield! In my book racing would not be alive without their sacrifices and contributions. Lets face it, advertising drives the sport , abilty comes second, and neither would be in play without legends like the Pettys. Earnhardts. Johnsons. Kenseths. Gordons and many others on the support side(drivers, pit-crews, wives, families, dogs, girlfriends, truck drivers) Which means focus on the everyones contribution to racing.

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    1. I was looking at the northern lights recently and figured no one can travel that fast in person or a person in a vehicle so I thought, Dam we move slow!

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    2. You are so gifted and perseptive. A visionary at worst.

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  60. NASCAR is NASCRAP... Lottsa mt seats a the races.. must be for a reasin.. danica, not now not ever say cheeeeeze honey time for a photo op..

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  61. I think she will do fine in nascar ...Give her about 2 more years you will see a diffrents...

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  62. Nothing more exciting than 40 cars lined up bumper to bumper to drive a half mile circle. lol Turn right.. Oops, I confused you.

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    1. Kyle Petty is a self important know nothing bore. He is a son of one of the greatest and nicest drivers in NASCAR history and gets to spout his awful opinions on a sport's show because of his dad. He's never accomplished anything note worthy and I wish he would just go home and stay there.

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    2. Kyle Petty is a good one to talk, he sucked. If his father wasn't the King he would not have been a race car driver, he was terrible.

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  63. Kyle Petty has no room to criticize any driver. He himself, rides in the back of the pack. If it wasn't for daddy, Kyle’s career wouldn't have lasted as long as it did.

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  64. She is doing better than a lot of male drivers

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