Petty Says Danica Will Not Win

5:58 PM, Feb 10, 2014   |    comments
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  • NASCAR river Danica Patrick during the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead (Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty says Danica Patrick can only win a Sprint Cup Series race "if everybody else stayed home."

The seven-time champion made the comment during an appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto, according to the website

Petty also said Patrick only gets attention because she's a woman, but added that publicity is good for NASCAR.

Patrick is headed to Daytona International Speedway this week to begin her second full season at NASCAR's top level. She became the first woman a year ago to win the top starting spot for the Daytona 500 and she finished eighth.

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