Drivers React to Kyle Petty’s Comments About Danica Patrick
Retired NASCAR driver and current television analyst Kyle Petty caused a stir Thursday when during an appearance on Speed’s NASCAR RaceHub program he said Danica Patrick is “not a race car driver” and is a “marketing machine.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. defended Patrick during a news conference Friday.
“I have to disagree with Kyle,” Earnhardt said. “I think she’s a tough competitor and works really hard at what she does. She’s run some really good races, and on every occasion she’s outrun several guys out on the circuit.
“If she was not able to compete and not able to run minimum speed or finishing in last place every week, I think you might be able to say Kyle has an argument. But she’s out there running competitively and running strong on several counts.”