Friday, February 21, 2014


Since 1959, it’s proven that year after year, lap after lap, the Daytona 500 is the race that creates more memories, more hall-of-fame moments and more believers in the power of racing dreams than any other – and this year’s action has already heated up.

Tony Stewart (winner of 48 Sprint Cup races and 2 championships), never one to shy away from firing off his flame throwing mouth, suggested that Richard Petty (winner of 200 NASCAR races, 7 Daytona 500 races and 7 NASCAR Grand National championships), keep his shut, particularly about Haas-Stewart Racing employee Danica Patrick (winner of 0 Sprint Cup races).

Fat Tony told Performance Racing Network that he suggested Patrick challenge the 76-year-old Petty, NASCAR's all-time leader in wins to a match race after Petty suggested that the only way Patrick could win a Sprint Cup race is if “everybody else stayed home”.

"I think that (a race) would pretty much settle it once and for all, maybe get him to shut up a little bit, too," Stewart said. "I will supply the cars. If he wants to race her, I'll make sure they have exactly the same setup in the car and give him the chance. He can drive one of my 14 cars. I don't care."

Interesting idea but Tony is not the best guy to trust, particularly regarding car set-ups. H-SR drive Kevin Harvick was disqualified after his Stewart prepared car failed to pass the post-race inspection in last night’s Budweiser Duel.

Coincidentally, both Stewart and Patrick will be starting at the back of the pack on Sunday in the 500 because, well, it seems that Harvick’s car was not the only one with “set-up” anomalies. 

Showcasing his exceptionally smooth, diplomatic style, Stewart said that if Patrick were to win the proposed race with Petty, whom at 76 has not raced in over 25 years, "If I were her, I'd take (the checkered flag) over there and cram it up his ass.”

Petty, who raced against Junior Johnson and others who made Dale Earnhardt look like a gentleman driver, agreed to the challenge. When pressed by "Fox & Friends" hosts on Friday morning, he reaffirmed, "Oh, yeah. When is this going to happen?"

When asked by Fox hosts about his critique of Patrick's career, he stated, "I judge by results."

Now that seems unfair. Right, Tony?

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