Danica Patrick Can Win If No One Else Races, Says Richard Petty

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There's a good reason why Richard Petty is known as "The King". In fact, there's more than one, as the North Carolina-born legend has won 200 Sprint Cup races, seven NASCAR championships and seven Daytona 500s.
He's a member of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and he won't get out the house without his hat. Those who got to see him race until he retired in 1992 know what he's made of, but we bet he's just a grumpy old man in the eyes of the younger NASCAR audience.

He thinks NASCAR ain't about racing anymore and, recently, he was quoted saying that Danica Patrick can win a race only "if everybody else stayed home".

"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, people are more interested in it. She has helped draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport," he told

Patrick's best NASCAR finish since she joined the series in 2012 was eight place at the Daytona 500 last year, where she became the first woman to achieve pole position.

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