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Tony Stewart wants Danica Patrick to cram it up Richard Petty’s butt

danica-patrickTony Stewart has a plan for how Danica Patrick can prove Richard Petty wrong. Last week, the man known to many as the “King of NASCAR” said the only way Patrick will ever win a race is if she’s the only one on the track. Stewart, who is Patrick’s employer and teammate with Stewart-Haas racing, thinks Danica should challenge the old man.

“I think that (a race) would settle it once and for all — maybe get him to shut up a little bit, too,” Stewart said Wednesday, via USA Today Sports. “… I will supply the cars. If he wants to race her, I’ll make sure they have exactly the same setup in the car and give him the chance. He can drive one of my 14 cars, I don’t care.”

When someone joked that Patrick should take the checkered flag to Petty for an autograph after beating him, Stewart said he had a better plan.

“If I were her, I’d take if over there and cram it up his (butt),” he said. “But that’s just me.”

Stewart also said that the 76-year-old Petty underestimates how much NASCAR has changed since he raced and that it is much harder to win now than it was 40 years ago. Patrick has one top-10 finish in her career. She did not take the bait when asked about Petty’s criticism last week.

“People have said things in the past, they’re going to say things in the future,” Patrick said. “I still say the same thing: Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. People will judge what he said, whether they judge it well or not, and I’m just not going to (judge).

“The people that matter the most to me are my team, my sponsors and those little 3-year-old kids that run up to you and want a great big hug and say they want to grow up to be like you. That’s the stuff I really focus on.”

Make it happen. Who wouldn’t watch that race? I bet even people who hate NASCAR would tune in.

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.