Stewart pours fuel on Petty-Patrick feud

Danica Patrick's team owner Tony Stewart has proposed a race between his star driver and the King himself.

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Richard Petty, 76, made headlines throughout his long and accomplished career, but his recent criticism of Danica Patrick has put the King back in the spotlight.

While Patrick refused to be drawn into the fray, Tony Stewart, her car owner and teammate rekindled the fire when he took a shot at Petty and suggested a head-to-head match race to settle it.

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

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It all started two weeks ago when Petty was quoted as saying that Patrick would never win a NASCAR race unless every other driver dropped out. At Media Day in Daytona a week ago, Patrick said everyone is entitled to their opinions and dropped it on the spot.

At first, Stewart exercised diplomacy and didn’t take up his sword but when pressed, he reportedly said that when Patrick won a race, she shouldn’t think twice about where to stick the checkered flag. He also went on to issue the match-race challenge.

On “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning, Petty tried to justify his innocence saying, “Everyone tries to make something out of something and a lot of time there’s nothing there. I didn’t think anything about it (when I said it.)” He went on to say he hasn’t been in a race car for 25 years but he accepts Stewart’s challenge.

And the feud continues to simmer – will Petty accept Stewart’s offer to drive his No. 14 or will Petty race the famous No. 43? And will the race be on an oval or on the beach in Daytona? Could this really happen? We'll see.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Richard Petty , Danica Patrick
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags danica patrick, nascar-cup, richard petty, tony stewart