Richard Petty reignites Danica Patrick controversy: He’ll race her ‘when she wins 200 races’

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Richard Petty’s challenge to race Danica Patrick is still on the table.

But there’s now a caveat, Petty told The Tennessean newspaper during an appearance in suburban Nashville on Monday.

“When she wins 200 races we’re going to have a race,” said Petty, who holds NASCAR’s all-time wins record with 200 victories of his own.

Obviously, The King wasn’t overly impressed with Patrick’s career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas nearly two weeks ago.

“So far I haven’t been proven wrong,” Petty told The Tennessean about Patrick’s development as a Sprint Cup driver.

During an appearance at an auto performance show in Canada in mid-January, Petty began what became a war of words with Patrick and her team co-owner, Tony Stewart, saying the only way Patrick would ever win a Sprint Cup race was “If everybody else stayed home.”

Stewart offered to provide cars for a race with Patrick, who eventually said she’d be up to the task of racing Petty, who last drove a stock car competitively in 1992.

There’s been no comment from the Patrick camp on Petty’s latest salvo.

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Click here to check out the story and video of Petty’s interview with The Tennessean.

Power, Newgarden, Dixon fastest in first of 2 IndyCar practices today at Barber Motorsports Park

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Will Power was fastest in Friday’s first of two IndyCar practice sessions at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1:07.5987 minutes at 122.488 mph in the 45-minute practice session.

Even though he spun off the course during his session, Phoenix winner Josef Newgarden still managed to be second-fastest (121.919 mph at 1:07.9141 minutes), followed by Scott Dixon (121.296 mph/1:082627), Max Chilton (121.251 mph/1:08.2882) and Ed Jones (121.215 mph/1:09.5692).

 

Sixth through 10th were Simon Pagenaud (121.208 mph/1:08.3122), Jordan King (121.113 mph/1:083661), Graham Rahal (121.059 mph/1:08.3964), St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais (121.029 mph/1:08.4131) and rookie Zach Veach (121.014 mph/1:08.4216).

Here’s the full speed chart:

Incidents:

* Early in the session, Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi ran off the track and into the grass, striking a small sign, but was able to get back on-track. However, Rossi was only able to complete 10 laps, relegating him to 20th-fastest in the 23-car field.

* Moments later, it appeared the rear brakes locked up on Newgarden heading into Turn 5, spinning him into the gravel trap. He was able to get going and returned to the pits for service and was back on-track with less than four minutes remaining in the session.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The second practice session of the day will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. A third practice will take part Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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