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Danica Patrick ripped by Kyle Petty: She’s not a race car driver

Danica PatrickDanica Patrick was ripped by former NASCAR driver and current commentator Kyle Petty, who says the female sensation is not a race car driver and never will be one.

Petty made his comments during part III of his interview with Matt Clark for NASCAR on Fox/Speed, according to Lucky Dog.

According to Lucky Dog, Petty called Patrick a “marketing machine,” but said he had no problem with her having that role.

“She’s a hot commodity and rightfully so,” Petty said, per Lucky Dog. “In a market where everybody that crawls into a race car on a Sunday afternoon in Cup racing is male; she’s the female. I don’t have a problem with her being a marketing machine – more power to her.”

Petty recognized that Patrick is able to drive fast, but he says there’s a difference between being able to drive fast and being able to drive like a racer.

“She’s not a race car driver. There’s a difference. ‘The King’ (Richard Petty) 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. 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.”

Patrick is in her rookie season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series and currently 27th in the standings. She has one top-10 finish in 16 races. Patrick has also run 60 races in the Nationwide Series and never won a race, though she did record seven top tens.

Petty might be right with his comments, but it’s probably too early to say that Patrick will never improve and get to the level about which Petty is speaking. Patrick has brought a lot of positive attention to the sport, and it’s not like she’s strictly there for marketing. If she couldn’t drive, she wouldn’t be able to finish 13th like she did two weeks ago.

Petty ran 829 Sprint Cup races during his lengthy career. He captured eight checkered flags on the circuit. And now he’s captured the ire of Patrick.

Jason Leffler’s Instagram account a testament to his love for his 5-year-old son

Jason Leffler son Charlie Dean

Jason Leffler died on Wednesday after being involved in a wreck at a dirt car event in Bridgeport, N.J.

The 37-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., raced in the open wheel circuit early in his career and was a mainstay in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series over the past several years, where he won two races. Though he never found success in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series, Leffler was remembered as a versatile driver.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway called Leffler “one of the most versatile race drivers in America, showing his talent by competing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his career.”

I admittedly did not know much about Leffler prior to his death on Wednesday but, after doing some research, one thing immediately stood out: his love for his son.

Leffler’s Instagram account is filled with photo after photo of his 5-year-old son, Charlie Dean, who was clearly the love of his life. It was extremely difficult not to be touched after seeing all the photos of Leffler with his boy. Seriously, check out the account and tried not to get weepy. It was filled with pictures like the one above and the ones below:

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Tony Kanaan gets huge kiss from wife Lauren after winning Indy 500

Tony Kanaan wife kiss

Tony Kanaan finally won the Indy 500 to give himself a win at the race that had always eluded him.

Kanaan ran in the Indy 500 11 previous times without winning. His best previous finish came in 2004 when he finished second as a driver for Andretti Green Racing. He had a third and fourth-place finish the last two years with KV Racing Technology before finally winning the big one on Sunday.

Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay and broke away from the pack with three laps left to win the race. He won under a yellow flag as Dario Franchitti had crashed in the back of the field.

After winning, Kanaan took off his helmet and signaled for his new wife, Lauren, to come over for a big long kiss. The two got married in March after dating for a few years, so this can be considered a nice wedding present for the family.

“I got a little bit of lucky today,” Kanaan told ABC after the race. “It’s for the fans. It’s for my dad that’s not here. But, mainly, it’s for all you guys.

“I’m speechless. This is it, man. I made it. Finally I’m going to put my ugly face on that trophy! We were known for not winning and now we’re known for winning [the race].”

Kanaan also said he promised his 5-year-old son that he would return home to Brazil to see him after winning the race.

Below are more pictures of Kanaan with wife Lauren, a former volleyball player at DePauw University and current TV host/reporter:

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Indy 500 drivers list their milk preferences for victory lane (Picture)

Helio-Castroneves-milk

If you have ever watched the conclusion of an Indy 500 race and taken in some of the festivities of victory lane, you know that milk is a huge part of the celebration. Drivers pouring milk all over themselves after winning the biggest Indy car race of the year is a tradition that dates back 80 years, but I never appreciated the type of effort that goes into keeping it alive.

Apparently the drivers have a choice in fat content. Check out this photo that ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak shared on Twitter Sunday morning:

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Helio Castroneves: I’d give up sex for a year to win Indy 500 again

Helio-Castroneves-Adriana-HenaoHelio Castroneves is one of the most popular drivers in IndyCar history. He has won the Indianapolis 500 three times in his career, but that does not mean his passion for the race has waned.

Castroneves would love to capture his fourth Indy 500 title by winning the 97th running of the race this Sunday. How badly does he want it? During an interview with “Stoney and Bill” on 97.1 The Ticket on Thursday, Castroneves was asked if he would give up sex with his girlfriend Adriana Henao for an entire year to win the Indy 500 again. Weird question? You bet, and the legendary driver’s initial response may get him into trouble with his better half.

“So that means I can have sex someplace else?” Castroneves asked.

Oh no he didn’t. Castroneves was joking of course (we think), but the hosts clarified that he would have to give up sex altogether — not just with his girlfriend.

“I would not give up Indy, my friend, I’ll tell you that,” he continued. “I think I can handle one year without sex because Indy is Indy.”

Given some of the horrendous sex injuries we have heard about over the past year or so, giving up sex probably wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Fortunately, that’s the point of a hypothetical question. You don’t actually have to follow through with it.

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Ryan Newman looking to make a run at Charlotte; will Kasey Kahne repeat?

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Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, is gearing up for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6:00 p.m. ET on FOX). Newman is coming off a 13th-place finish at last week’s All-Star Race in Charlotte and currently 17th in the Sprint Cup standings. He’s 147 points behind Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson and has recorded one top-five, five top-10 and three DNFs in 11 races this season.

Oral-B, which is sponsoring this post, has partnered with Newman and will be at the race giving away product samples and hosting contests and giveaways. Oral-B builds approximately one million manual toothbrushes in the U.S. every day, so the company believes Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to remind you to celebrate U.S.-built products that are engineered to perform.

Newman has had some success at Charlotte during his career. He had three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes at Charlotte during his time with Penske Racing. Since switching to Stewart-Haas Racing, Newman has three top-10 finishes at Charlotte, per Racing Reference. Newman has averaged a 6.9th starting position and 20.1 finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway (not including the All-Star Race).

So who else should we expect to contend for the checkered flag on Sunday?

Kasey Kahne figures to be top competition at the Coca-Cola 600. Kahne finished fourth in the All-Star Race last weekend, won the Coca-Cola 600 last year, and has recorded a top-10 finish in his last five races at Charlotte. Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson will also likely be a favorite to win. He won the All-Star Race for the second year in a row and has been particularly dominant at intermediate tracks over the past year. Denny Hamlin has been a model of consistency at Charlotte posting top-10s in his last four races there, while leading 73 laps. Greg Biffle should be considered a threat this weekend; he has had two top-five finishes at Charlotte and led 393 laps there in the four non-All-Star races there the last two years.

In addition to appearing at Charlotte for Memorial Day weekend, Oral-B will also be at Daytona for July 4th weekend, Atlanta for Labor Day weekend, and Phoenix for Veterans Day weekend, so look out for more posts from us ahead of each of those races.

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Dick Trickle dead at 71 after committing suicide in cemetery

Dick Trickle smokingFormer race car driver Dick Trickle died on Thursday after committing suicide in a cemetery.

Police say Trickle dialed 911 to inform them he would be committing suicide and where they could find the body.

Here are the details of the death via a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office:

The incident occurred at 12:02 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City.

The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.

The first emergency units arriving on the scene located the body lying near the victim’s pickup truck.

Trickle was the 1989 Winston Cup rookie of the year. Though he never won a race in the Sprint Cup series, he recorded 36 top tens.

Trickle infamously used to smoke in his race car during periods of caution on the track. Here’s a video of him doing just that: