Let me start by saying that Richard Petty has been an idol of mine since the early seventies. He is the King after all. He’s won more stock car races than anyone will ever win, with more championships. He, arguably, made NASCAR into the sport it is today. He was the face of the sport for years with his winning ways, his HUGE toothy grins and the trademark cowboy hat. The number 43 and STP will forever be the greatest car…stop it #3 fans…to ever go left.
That being said…I lost some respect for the King over the last few days. He straight up bum-rushed another NASCAR driver. Disrespected her. Yep, I said her. He stated that Danica Patrick would ONLY win a NASCAR race if none of the other drivers showed up. How pompous. I’m not a Danica fan as far as racing, but I am a fan of her perseverance and tenacity. To get where she’s at, in the face of a multitude of this type of treatment, speaks volumes. Oh yeah…she can drive her butt off too. You don’t win an open wheel race on looks, it does take actual talent. She has also shown that she can drive a NASCAR stock car as well…
Does that mean she will ever win a NASCAR race? Maybe not, maybe it does. Maybe she will and maybe she won’t. Her first year the stats weren’t so hot…but they weren’t the worst either. This is a no joke series…the best of the best teams, driver and equipment. It all has to line up just right for anyone, save Jimmy Johnson it would appear, to win a race these days. There are a great number of competitors who never have. The King never said squat about them. Because Danica is a female this makes her fair game…open season on female drivers?? Especially female drivers with only one season under their race suits. How misguided, rude and completely un-hero like. I am ashamed for you Richard!
I don’t root for Danica…but I secretly hope that she does indeed win a race. I also hope the King, Richard Petty himself, will publicly apologize and eat his trademark hat on live TV. It would only be right. How disappointed I am.