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How do you think Danica Patrick will do in her NASCAR debut?

Asked at Speedway Shell, 1733 Massachusetts St. on February 13, 2010

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Photo of Matthew Dawkins

“I don’t really follow NASCAR, but I think she will finish in the top 5.”

Photo of Brett Fitzpatrick

“I hope she does well; she did good in her practice runs. … It would be cool to see a chick win a NASCAR race.”

Photo of John Nelson

“She won’t be in the top 5. I’m going to put her 18th or 19th.”

Photo of Michele DeChadenedes

“She’s going to do great, power to her!”


looza 7 years ago

my guess is she will ...crash and burn!

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

I wonder if she will stop and ask for directions?

(ducking now)

diplomacy205 7 years ago

I think she will finish in the middle of the pack which is better than most rookies do.

blackfox 7 years ago

She will crash or be in a crash. Just another over rated open wheel driver turned NASCAR. Oh, all the nascrap drivers are OVERRATED!

BorderRuffian 7 years ago

Won't it be difficult for her to drive, apply make-up, and talk on the cell phone at the same time?

randysavage 7 years ago

edjayhawk (Anonymous) says… As comedian George Karlin once said: Racing isn't a sport. Same five rednecks win it every time.

I'm not familiar with this 'Karlin' character, but he is wrong; racing is a sport, but it's not a part of what we call 'athletics'. Much like golf...any thing you can do while smoking cigarette or cigar (and not suffer for it) can't be a sport....

While she does have some of the best equipment in the Nationwide series, some of the Cup guys (Stewart, Jr., Kahne and Kyle Busch, etc.) are racing today too. My bet is she gets collected in a wreck, or causes one. But if she can keep the fenders on her car, she could see the top 15....

beatrice 7 years ago

TOB: "She will turn left early and often."

Very funny.

I'm with spacehog -- not a sport.

Randall Barnes 7 years ago


Steve Jacob 7 years ago

Not much of a racing fan. But it has been noted this car has won before many times last year, so she will be forced to do well quickly.

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

yea I forgot about her equipment. Good shield, great fenders.

TheStig 7 years ago

Garmin nüvi® 1200 GPS: "At the next corner turn right." Garmin nüvi® 1200 GPS: "At the next corner turn right." Garmin nüvi® 1200 GPS: "At the next corner turn right." Garmin nüvi® 1200 GPS: "At the next corner turn right." Garmin nüvi® 1200 GPS: "At the next corner turn right." Garmin nüvi® 1200 GPS: "At the next corner turn right." Garmin nüvi® 1200 GPS: "At the next corner turn right."

riverdrifter 7 years ago

""There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games."

I think she gets knocked out of the race. Just not enough experience to be a factor -yet.

ms_canada 7 years ago

Definitely not a sport. Driving well at great speed should be classed as a skill the same as shooting a gun. Where the h is the sport in those two actions. And on second thought, bullfighting is not a sport either. I have seen plenty of those and there was nothing sporty about those bloody actions anymore than the gladiator bouts in ancient Roma were. Hey, how about my mother and I beheading a bunch of chickens when I lived on the farm. Maybe that could be classed as a sport also.

riverdrifter 7 years ago

Chrissy Wallace is also in the Nationwide race today. Danika starts from the 15th position. Qualifying was rained out yesterday so the grid was set on owners points and her team bought her points position from a team that's no longer racing. 15th -she could screw things up right from the get-go. We'll see.

ms_canada 7 years ago

Hey Babboy, be a sport, I was being facetious. :o)

puddleglum 7 years ago

its like days of thunder all over again.

or was that talledega nights?

Tony Kisner 7 years ago

Seems she has a weight advantage over the other drives. I know she must be 100lbs. less than Tony Stewart.

gsxr600 7 years ago

She crashed!!!! How unanticipated LOL

Boeing 7 years ago

I know there is this whole "girl power" thing...but shouldn't women back a woman who can actually win rather than fail expectations time after time? Doesn't do much for girl power...

nobody1793 7 years ago

Danica wasn't the only woman driving in that race, by the way.

ozzynbn 7 years ago

Some of you are joyous that she wrecked? You heartless b@st@rds.

riverdrifter 7 years ago

sierraclub (Anonymous) says…

She drove straight into the wreck. She did not even try to go down low. The bottom was clear. She said that she could not see. Priceless.

Your TV opinion is worthless. Also looks like she could've gone left onto pit road without a penalty. Unfortunately, everybody was doing ~175. The wreck sequence was over in about 2 seconds. Stuff happens. Danica did OK. At least she didn't make a jackass of herself like Carl Edwards did.

Liberty275 7 years ago

I saw Danica running her indy car at the kansas speedway. It was kinda cool getting some shots of her getting into the car before she hit the track.

OTOH, I don't really care about the drivers. I am a fan of the cars. NASCAR is OK for a few laps and any time something wrecks, but it pales in comparison to the way a top-fuel car will litterally rattle your brain inside your head from 100 yards. If you have never experienced it, it will redefine what you consider to be violence.

Boosh 7 years ago

@ The Stig


Boosh 7 years ago

As to Patrick, she may do okay in Indy and Nascar but I don't think she could handle it at the pinnacle of MotorSports. WRC and Formula One

Boosh 7 years ago

Obviously I prefer my racers to know how to turn right as well as left or just go straight :)

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