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Tony Stewart: Danica Patrick, Richard Petty should race

Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick chatted Wednesday about practice for the Daytona 500. (Sean Gardner / Getty Images)

For Tony Stewart, there’s really only one way to settle the little storm that Richard Petty set off last week when he said that Danica Patrick could win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race only “if everybody else stayed home.”

They should fire up their engines.

“I think that would pretty much settle it once and for all, maybe get him to shut up a little bit, too,” Stewart said (via ESPN) in an appearance near Daytona International Speedway, getting a bit testy because Patrick drives for his Stewart-Haas team. “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.”

Petty, 76, is NASCAR’s leader in wins with 200 and has won seven championships. Patrick, who finished 27th in the Sprint Cup standings as a rookie in 2013, was the first woman to win the pole position in the Daytona 500 last year but finished eighth for her only top 10 finish. If Patrick, whom Petty called a “driver, not a racer,” were to win the duel with the King?

“If I were her,” Stewart said, “I’d take [the checkered flag] over there and cram it up his [butt].”

All righty then.


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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