Richard Petty: Danica Patrick will only win if she races by herself

danica-patrickSome would argue that it is only a matter of time before 31-year-old Danica Patrick becomes the first ever woman to win a NASCAR race. Patrick became the first woman to win the pole at Daytona last year and went on to finish eighth, which was the only top-10 finish of her career. Legendary stock car driver Richard Petty can’t envision it getting much better than that.

During an interview with Norris McDonald at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Sunday, Petty was asked if he thinks Patrick will ever find herself celebrating on Victory Lane.

“(Only) if everybody else stayed home,” he said, via the Canadian website Wheels. “If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a race track. This is a female deal that’s driving her. There’s nothing wrong with that, because that’s good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport.”

The 76-year-old Petty is a part owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, so any attention the sport receives can be seen as a positive for him. Petty’s son Kyle had even harsher criticism of Patrick last year when he called her a “marketing machine” but said she will never be a race car driver.

For whatever reason, the Pettys don’t seem to like or respect Danica. I’m sure those feelings are mutual.

Danica Patrick not planning on having kids anytime soon

danica-patrickDanica Patrick is a trailblazer. She has already accomplished a countless number of firsts in her career, most notably becoming the first female driver ever to clinch the pole position at the world famous Daytona 500. Patrick does not, however, intend to become the first stock car driver to participate in a race while pregnant.

Patrick recently opened up about her relationship with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and how happy the couple is together. Earlier this week, Patrick was asked if we can expect to hear the sound of wedding bells or the pitter-patter of the little feet of future speed demons running around in the near future. She wouldn’t rule out marriage. However…

“I don’t think social services would feel good about me driving 200 miles an hour with a baby in my belly,” she told For the Win.

Patrick was also asked if she is bothered by her personal life being scrutinized so much, particular with constant questions about her relationship with Stenhouse.

“Well, that’s just because obviously everyone can see how much he loves me,” she replied.

We could certainly see how much Stenhouse loves her over the weekend when he joined Patrick in giving NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Award Ceremony host Jay Mohr an icy stare after one of his jokes.

Between driving, hosting events and starring in commercials, Danica probably doesn’t have time for kids at the moment. Unlike men, she’d need to take time off from racing to have a baby. For now, that will just have to wait.

Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t find Jay Mohr joke to be funny (Video)

Talk about an awkward moment.

Jay Mohr hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday in Las Vegas, and things became uncomfortable after he told a Danica Patrick joke.

“Danica, I hope you’re not too uncomfortable tonight. I know you’re not used to being this close to the front,” Mohr joked.

The audience was taken aback by the shot at Patrick, and you could tell that neither Patrick nor boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were amused. Just look at Stenhouse’s stone-cold glare:

Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse

Mohr quickly tried to defend himself by noting it was a comedy show and he’s supposed to tell jokes. When that didn’t work, he attempted to smooth things over with some praise of Patrick. That didn’t work either.

Later, still apparently stung by the jab, Patrick referenced Mohr while accepting a fans award.

“I have amazing fans … and I think it’s pretty safe to say Jay Mohr is not one of them,” she said.

That line prompted Mohr to make another effort to smooth things over. His last attempt seemed to finally thaw some of the iciness.

I’m a fan of Mohr’s comedy and don’t have a problem with him telling a Danica joke, but that one was just too easy. He can do much better. As for Danica, well, she’s notoriously thin-skinned, so you have to be delicate when dealing with her. Otherwise you’re going to end up with her giving you the “not impressed face.”

McKayla Maroney not impressed

H/T From the Marbles

Kevin Harvick takes shot at Donovan McNabb for saying NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes

Donovan-McNabb-complains-on-first-takeJimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup title on Sunday, leaving him just one shy of the record for championships won by a NASCAR driver in a career. His dominance of the sport was discussed during a segment on FOX Sports 1, with Donovan McNabb emphatically stating that stock car drivers are not athletes.

“I like what he’s been able to do,” McNabb said. “Do I think he’s an athlete? Absolutely not. He’s not an athlete. He sits in a car and drives. That doesn’t make you athletic.”

Several drivers have been having fun with McNabb’s comments. Earlier this week, Johnson said that he is an athlete and so are all of the other drivers in the sport — including Tony Stewart. While Johnson decided to take the high road and insult one of his own, Kevin Harvick took aim at McNabb.

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Greg Biffle confronts Jimmie Johnson after race, grabs him by the shoulder (GIF)

Greg-Biffle-Jimmie-Johnson-fightJimmie Johnson has to be one of the most calm and collected drivers in the history of auto racing. Otherwise, Greg Biffle would have woken up with a shiner on Monday morning.

Johnson finished fifth and lost his Sprint Cup Series points lead after a frustrating race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. As he was speaking with reporters on pit road after the race, an enraged Biffle came strolling over, grabbed Johnson by the shoulder and spun him around. Looking stunned, Johnson calmly placed his hand on Biffle’s chest.

“Hey, you (expletive) ripped off my rear bumper, you (expletive),” Biffle barked at Johnson, via USA Today Sports. “You (expletive) ran into the back of me!”

At some point during the race, Johnson made contact with the back of Biffle’s car. Johnson admitted that, but he didn’t think he did anything wrong. Replays actually show that it might have been Dale Earnhardt Jr’s car that damaged Biffle’s bumper.

“We made contact, but I couldn’t understand why he was down here pulling on my collar like he just did,” Johnson said. “We’ll get it sorted out.”

Biffle saw things differently.

“If he’s running for the title, he better not tear my rear bumper cover off, because that’ll be his last race he finishes,” Biffle told reporters. “The guy tore my rear bumper cover off and I had to pit when we were planning on staying out and I had to go to the tail end of the longest line. That’s why I was upset about it.”

Man do I love when NASCAR goes WWE. These guys are a riot. At least no one’s dad had to get involved this time.

H/T The Big Lead
GIF via @jeff_gluck

Jeff Gordon cusses out Carl Edwards on his radio

Jeff Gordon was fuming with Carl Edwards during the AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta on Sunday after the two shared a couple of tight exchanges.

Gordon slid up the track and cut off Edwards for a spot on lap 20. Later in the race, on lap 201, the two rubbed against each other as they were battling for position. Edwards had the inside track when they made contact, which infuriated Gordon.

“Ask the f—ing 99 what his problem is. Somebody needs to explain to that dumb— who the f— does he think he is? That pisses me off right there,” Gordon said over his radio communication.

It’s pretty hypocritical of Gordon to be so upset with Edwards for retaliating after Gordon did the exact same thing to the 99 car earlier in the race.

Gordon finished sixth in the race, while Edwards finished 18th. It looks like they tried talking things out afterwards:

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Mike Skeen’s girlfriend Kelly Heaphy slaps Max Papis (Video)

Max Papis had an incident with Mike Skeen on the track during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Motorsports Park on Sunday, but it was off the track where things got really bad.

Papis and Skeen were battling for position and both went into the wall on the final corner of the final lap after Skeen tried pulling a move under Papis. Papis managed to finish sixth in the Chevrolet Silverado 250, while Skeen finished 13th.

Papis had words for Skeen during the cool down lap per FOX Nascar blog Shake and Bake. Things spilled over into the garage, where several crew members went up to Papis’ door. After getting out of his car and conducting an interview, Papis was approached by Skeen’s girlfriend Kelly Heaphy, who was irate and slapped him.

ESPN’s Marty Smith reported that Papis literally suffered a dislocated jaw after being slapped, and Papis confirmed that over Twitter:

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