TheFark5000: Funny that women have to be perfect at everything. Even if they are beating half the men, those men are still considered "real" while the woman is still "fake".
colinspooky: Kyle admitted as much, subby. No doubt Danica is a natural beauty, but she also does ok on the track - coming mid-field most of the time, which means she regularly beats half the drivers that start, and that's pretty darn good at the very top level of any sporting branch
The Bestest: I can understand not liking all the media attention she gets, but let's set that aside and focus just on talent/accomplishment/whatever. How many other rookies are getting this level of ire and scrutiny?
Lifeless: stir22: admittedly i don't know a whole lot about nascar, but, it appears to me that she is trying to save her equipment while learning. i don't see a whole lot of aggressive driving from her towards the end of races. imho, this is probably by design...why wreck a 200K car trying to get from 27th to 21st?she was caught on mike during one race (i forget which one) saying that she wasn't getting any help, that drivers weren't getting out of her way when they were getting out of the way of other drivers...there might be something to this. sure, she is middle of the pack now...but this is her what, 2nd year? 1st full year? lets see where she is 2-3 years from now.They won't let a newbie driver pass if they can't trust that driver to not cause a wreck while doing so. Last year's champion, Brad Keselowski, took years to shed this stigma and earn the respect of the other drivers, and he did it through results. She just isn't getting there in good equipment and won't be getting better equipment unless a top team gets desperate for money.
poconojoe: meanmutton: She was a rather good open-wheel driver and is a mediocre NASCAR driver. It's not like she's terrible or anything and certainly is good enough to be on the track with the men.she was an okay open wheel driver in good equipment against a pretty average talent field in the IRL (her only win in the IRL came during a fuel-mileage race at Motegi). with her team - she should have put together more wins and solid finishes, but she just didn't for whatever reason.in NASCAR - had she stayed in Nationwide/Trucks for a few seasons and learned the setups and the tracks and what it takes to run at the front and been patient - she would be doing much better at the Cup level. instead - Go Daddy wanted her in Cup and she's struggling. will she learn and improve? maybe. will she win on the Cup level? i doubt it, unless she gets a lucky break at daytona or talladega.
EightyEight: It's not about being real or fake, it's marketing and the amount of coverage an athlete gets vs. what they have accomplished. Danica has not earned the amount of attention she gets for any reason other than being a cute girl. Same principle for Dale Jr., and 10x that for Tim Tebow, many among us would like them to earn the time spent on them. I have nothing against Jr. or Danica but I feel they are given way to much coverage given what they have accomplished careerwise.
Robert1966: Not that Kyle was ever a thrilling driver, but getting your job just because of who your daddy is, is a cornerstone of NASCAR. Hell, that's how his own dad started, not to mention Dale Earnhardt (and, of course, Dale Jr).
DoBeDoBeDo: Gosling: TheFark5000: Funny that women have to be perfect at everything. Even if they are beating half the men, those men are still considered "real" while the woman is still "fake".The really funny thing is that nobody ever ever ever mocks the guys that didn't even qualify.You don't follow NASCAR that closely do you? "Fat finger" Jimmy Spencer, "Parking for Jesus" Morgan Shepard. It's a completely separate sport to make fun of the guys who don't qualify or start and park.
Gosling: TheFark5000: Funny that women have to be perfect at everything. Even if they are beating half the men, those men are still considered "real" while the woman is still "fake".The really funny thing is that nobody ever ever ever mocks the guys that didn't even qualify.
bluorangefyre: So what you're saying is if Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the same thing it'd have the same weight as Kyle Petty saying it?
meanmutton: She was a rather good open-wheel driver and is a mediocre NASCAR driver. It's not like she's terrible or anything and certainly is good enough to be on the track with the men.
Rustybumperjack: Petty has always been the first to admit that he wasn't a great driver. He's just calling it like he see's it and I totally agree with him.
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