Richard Petty was quoted as saying that the only way Danica Patrick could win a NASCAR race would be if the rest of the field stayed home.

His comments were recorded by reporters at the Canadian Motorsports Expo.

Reporters asked about the Danica-mania, and he added his comments about the lady driver who made her way from IndyCar to NASCAR in 2012.

"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,” he was quoted as saying.

The elder Petty’s comments come less than a year behind his son, Kyle, stating that he doesn’t feel Danica Patrick is a “real race car driver,” this past June.

"Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs," Kyle Petty was quoted by Speed TV last year.

Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

Photo by: Trevor Horn

"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."

In the end, the “King” has voiced his opinion of this lady driver, saying NASCAR is not a sport for women.

“I just don't think it's a sport for women. And so far, it's proven out. It's really not. It's good for them to come in. It gives us a lot of publicity, it gives them publicity,” he said.