go to MSN.com
Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/18/14

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has brought a lot of attention to the sport over the years.However, there are some who are skeptical that Patrick will ever become a dominant driver. Count the son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty as one of them.On Thursday, former driver and current analyst Kyle Petty appeared on SPEED's NASCAR RaceHub program and called Patrick a "marketing machine" but not a race car driver."Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs," said Petty. "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."Interviewer Matt Clark then proceeded to ask Petty why he believes Patrick won't ever be a race car driver in his opinion. Petty argued that it was "too late to learn."Whoa. Those are some harsh words indeed.,Patrick, who is in her first full year as Sprint Cup driver, has seven top-10 finishes in 60 career Nationwide Series races. However, she has yet to finish in the winner's circle.For what it's worth, Petty did admit that he wasn't the best driver himself. It should be noted that it took Petty six years as a full-time Cup driver before he won his first race. Petty finished his NASCAR career with eight wins and 173 top-10 finishes in 829 races.Via USA TODAY

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
39 Comments:
  • Well, Kyle, she already is a race car driver. If you say she will never be a successful race car driver, then she can join the ranks of the majority of race car drivers.

    She'll never be a good old boy, though, maybe that's what you meant.
  • I agree with oldmsuher, she already IS a race car driver. But she will never be a great-champion-top-5-elite etc. race car driver.

    She is a far better driver than 99% of the nation. And far worse than 95% of the professionals.
  • Well Kyle Really? Most of the drivers at the Top level than can fall right into that category. Eric Almirola, Landon Cassill, Timmy Hill, Travis Kvapil, Michael McDowell, Scott Speed, J.J. Yeley just to mention a few are they not Sprint Cup Drivers? She is a driver and only time will tell after all this is her first year in Cup. I get a feeling she is gonna prove you wrong and when she does the apology will be sweet!
  • Kyle is the only driver in nascar that consistently changed crew chiefs, car manufactures, engine suppliers, team managers, everything but the diver was changed and he blamed every other employee at petty why he could not compete with the top notch drivers. Then when he retired the drivers they put in the cars started running up front consistently. The only thing Kyle does consistently is use the networks to brag about all the Petty's and how they all should be in the hall of famed. Kyle sucks
  • i agree and this coming from a driver who never was and a lousy commentator at that, what a joke you are Kyle!!!!!!!!!
  • That's rich coming from Kyle Petty.....comical!
  • Maybe she will never be a top driver, however, she is already better than Kyle Petty. Sounds like Bubba don't like to get beaten by a girl!
  • Kyle is absolutely right.DP is a driver not a racer. She is in nascar only because of the money she brings. Tony Stewart said Jason Leffler was a great racer and yet he gave a lesser driver the ride. Why? Money. Again. Racing is the only sport that doesn't present its best talent.
  • Wow Kyle talk about stepping neck deep in it. You know yourself if you had not been the the son of the king, you might never got a ride or kept a ride. I respect all you are doing in your son's memory, but you might leave the lame comments up to people who know how to say stupid things, like Rusty Wallace. No, no just kidding and at least he has a championship. So he has the right.
  • Kyle speaks the truth. Danica is a great qualifier, and even did fairly well in open wheel racing. Considering the level of equipment she has always had available to her in Nascar though, she should be way ahead of where she is. I'm quite confident she'll never win a race, but.... since Nascar is nothing but a huge advertising machine now, she'll continue to be the darling of the media and many of the fans for some time.
  • Oh Kyle. You mean just like you!? You never really did anything special in your little career, courtesy of your daddy. There are lots of guys that race their tails off every week and do not get the success they hope for.
    You are just a bitter old has-been, never-was that just shouldn't be in the press box for Nascar, ESPN, whoever.
  • These comments coming from a guy whom every week, my friends and I wager just how many cars from last he will be. He is disgracing the Petty name by making ignorant comments like that. I mean fac it, if it were not for his dad's name and the charities he is involved with, no one would probably want to back him. Hey Kyle, class up a bit, will you please?
  • OK correct me if I am wrong but didn't Kyle Petty finish every race he drove in almost in last place. He was never much of a driver. Far as I remember he was a lousy race car driver who rode on dads coattails!
  • I am a woman but I agree with Kyle. Way too much peripheral hype around Danica. I think for the most part women would be very proud to see a woman with racing talent and that would keep her clothes on. She is popular for all the wrong reasons as far as racing is concerned. We want someone who can stand on their ability alone in the sport.
  • I had supported her until I actually saw the photos taken of her by Go Daddy. She lost my support and my respect. DP is a pretty women, but those pictures had NOTHING to do with her ability to drive a vehicle or race. She was selling, in graphic detail her body and looks. If she felt she had driving talent, she should have promoted her driving skills, not Hey Daddy skills.
  • Danica won an Indy car race in Japan, she placed 4th in the Indy 500 and was the first woman to lead a lap at Indy. Exactly what does a person have to accomplish to be a "race car driver"?
    Kyle is just showing what a petty little man he is. Maybe Kyle prefers his women toothless and drunk.
  • Definitely not a good old "boy" but definitely a fine lookin "gal." Plus not to bad a driver either. 60 races does not qualify one to be judged so harshly. Kyle, your last win was when?

  • If your name was not Petty, you wouldn't have been in a race car. You were not a good race car driver at all. Your in front of the camera talk is about as lousy as your driving. Women have come a long way in this world we all share, I was against her in NASCAR, now she has shown that she is tough enough to compete. Winning might come, might not, that's racing.
  • It is ashame that Kyle has to talk bad about Danica. She is a young woman in a mans sport, and she seems to be holding her own. Kyle I used to think you were a good guy,but I guess not after all.
  • If she stopped holding her own and perhaps started holding the steering wheel perhaps she'd make a respectful finish.
  • I am a woman, but I agree with Kyle. I just don't see talent in Danica. Yes she can drive, but she doesn't race. Cup cars are alot different than an Indy car. Nascar has benefitted by her advertising but I truly just don't see what all the hype is about. She is lucky to actually finish the race.
  • I firmly believe that smoke has the right idea. If you can't make money racing, then you go after the marketing and rely on the ignorant press fools to promote your special attraction!!! The gas pedal "D" baby is the one on the right....quit trying to keep from scratching the car and use the stupid thing..ignorant woman!!!!!! Petty did more in his first 3 years than this tart will do her whole career....keep rooting for her you pansies...we otta' throw you junk monkeys out of the track..fools!!!
  • Coming from a guy that usually placed 30th, that doesn't mean much. The sponsors must have finally become embarrassed, daddy's boy.
  • I couldn't agree more with what Kyle said. Danica is a nobody who can sell herself on the corner. She couldn't drive her way out of a one way tunnel with directions. Way to go Kyle!
  • Oh no, she's somebody....somebody that shouldn't be behind the wheel in NASCAR.
  • That's funny that "Boy' Petty said about Danica...Hmmm seems alot like what I've heard about him in the past...Himself, being a "rolling billboard' ...He simply raced ,only because of his father....in fact I think if you put Kyle petty...out there against this Chick, she would slam him... I would say he drove like a girl ..but I wouldn't want to elevate him ,or bring Dana down....
    Poor Kyle a least he was good at staying out of the way and letting the real drivers do there thing... I'm not really sure if was because of lack of skill .. or a yellow streak that ran down his glass back !!!
    I'm no Danica fan..just a Real NASCAR fan..
  • Oh come on Kyle.....Cole Trickle learned.
  • It is so sad that Adam was killed. I was counting on him to restore the Petty name to where it once was. Kyle was a joke behind the wheel and a joke in the booth.
  • Have u seen the South Park episode about NASCAR? It is hilarious.
  • This is coming from Kyle petty. i can not believe that he has thehair to say something like that. kyle was one of the worst drivers in nascar history. I think he is crying because he knows that itwill not take much for her to be better than he ever was. And as far as an appology he is not smart enough to appoligize. Kyle can not even comentate. take him off the air. The only way he ever got anywhere in life is because of who his dad was.
  • The man's right. She's a T&A show and anybody tuned in can see that easily. If it weren't for her marketing pics with her hair blowing in the wind (while in last place I'd imagine) or with her leather jacket unzipped to the waist she'd be another unknown. She's not now nor ever been known for racing. She's a photo-op... a can of Campbell's soup... a bare-butt Coppertone commercial... a no-talent that is known for being "Danica" rather than any demonstration of driving skill. Give me a few hundred Indy races and I'll win a few before she ever would.She'll win if the rest of the field wrecks and she's so far back she can drive around.
  • Dear Kyle Petty,
    Your comments regarding Danica Patrick are laughable......comming from a guy who got into the show based strictly on his fathers accomplishments. Danica has class because she didn't get any special treatment, she may not be the best, but she certainly had to earn a ride....you on the other hand, had everything handed to you on a silver platter by your father.....talk about an entittlement...go eat some Gerbers stewed carrots you bratty baby.

    HRAprilla
  • My respect for Kyle Petty just increased 1000%. Danica's tried to make her point of being a woman in a man's sport, but it's over now. Time for her to take up boxing or some other man's sport and see how she does there.
  • This coming from someone who lasted as long in racing because of his last name.
  • Just looked up his stats....30yrs.of racing 8 wins 8 poles,average finish 23 and u call ur self a racer? And daddy supplied his cash so he could race. And u call ur self a racer.....LOL. I call u a LOSER AND A SILVER SPOONED BRAT.


    BRAT
  • Jealousy because he's washed up? NASCAR isn't just about the race, it's also about fans, advertising, fame, etc.
  • At least someone had the guts to speak the truth..Well said Kyle your the man......
  • I'm really not much of a NASCAR fan, just as Kyle Petty was not much of a NASCAR Driver. I remember when I worked (I'm now retired)all the guys gave Jeff Gordon Hell for some reason. After watching for several years now I believe a lot of Drivers would be better off if they had the Class that Jeff Gordon has. This guy is never involved in something like this. Kyle, you might want to take a lesson from Jeff Gordon, like don't let your mouth overload your rear.
  • Ah jealousy, ain't it great! I guess the drivers behind Danica are racer's but she's not because she isn't in the top 10. Just shows how high the bar is set for women by "petty" little men.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

The Houston Rockets might be better served to start their offseason early rather than showing up for Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors. Even if Houston forces Game 5, it appears the series is all but over. Rockets guard Corey Brewer’s thoughts after his team backed itself into an 0-3 series hole on Saturday...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

Get ready for a really fast-paced offense, Notre Dame fans.  Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly implied today that his offense, now led by Malik Zaire, will be very up-tempo this season.  Kelly thought of his offense while watching the Indy 500.  Thought while watching the Indy 500… If you think this is fast, wait until you see our offense next year. pic.twitter.com/cWCLGEbELO...
Via College Spun
4 hours ago

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

In the sports world some losses cause more anguish than others. The old saying that losing by one point in the last second is more hard to handle than being blown out by 35 rings true in some cases. We have absolutely no idea what is going through the mind of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll months after his team dropped a heart breaker in Super Bowl XLIX against the New...
Via Sportsnaut
5 hours ago

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

  Cristiano Ronaldo needed three goals in Saturday’s game in order to surpass his career high of 60 goals in season. That would be a heavy task for many, but not for the Real Madrid superstar.   Before the half of the season finale against Getafe ended, Ronaldo netted a hat trick, bringing his goal tally this year to 61, with 48 of those coming in La Liga matches...
Via NESN.com
8 hours ago

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Daniel Cormier beat Rumble Johnson at UFC 187 on Saturday night and wasted no time calling out his next target. After choking out Johnson in the third round of their fight, Cormier grabbed the mic from interviewer Joe Rogan and hollered at Jon Jones. “I’ve got a message for one man: Jon Jones, get your...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 hours ago

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

There is a “Free Tom Brady rally” scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium. The rally will “protest the unjust football arrest of half God half man Tom Brady.” Yes it has come to this. Brady fans will gather to hold a protest they claim will be peaceful. As of Saturday night, the rally had 500-plus fans committed to going. ...
Via Sportsnaut
20 hours ago

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

Josh Hamilton will be back in the bigs before long. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson reports that Hamilton will fly to Cleveland Sunday to join the Texas Rangers for their 3-game series with the Indians that begins Monday. The team will activate the slugger on Monday. “I am excited about it,” Hamilton said Saturday...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 hours ago

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

We’ve seen players catch passes with one hand. We’ve seen players catch passes while doing a backflip. We’re not sure that we’ve seen something quite like this. Four-star cornerback Marco Wilson out of American Heritage School in Fort Lauderdale is one of the top players in the class of 2017, and this short clip should show you why. #backflipcatch get right pic.twitter...
Via College Spun
1 day ago

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Now that we have reached the quarter point of the 2015 MLB season, there are a lot of things we can take away from the action that’s already happened around the diamond. Perennial last place teams are in contention for a playoff spot, while a few pitchers have exceeded any previously set expectations. Meanwhile, a certain third baseman in Kansas City is finally living up to the...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has yet to even suit up for a NFL game, but he’s already accomplished a feat that no other quarterback in franchise history has. Mariota is currently leading the NFL in jersey sales for the month of May. You read that right. He’s ahead of the Richard Sherman’s, Peyton Manning’s and J.J. Watt’s of the world. While this would...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.