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

36 Comments

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.

Follow me @JerryBonkowski

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