Mar. 1, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (left) talks to teammate Danica Patrick during qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Stewart defends Danica Patrick's performance

Kyle Petty recently made headlines recently (and not the good kind, like you want) when he said that he doubted Danica Patrick would ever be a true racecar driver. While Patrick has already responded to Petty’s dumb remark, Tony Stewart decided to throw in his two-cents as well.

Speaking with the media after his qualifying run on Saturday, Stewart blasted Petty:

When Kyle Petty said the stuff he did, it was way out of line and very inappropriate. There’s a lot of factors that go into it. Some of the finishes we know she should have had have been pit-crew related, some of them are days that Ryan [Newman]and myself and we all struggle. It’s not just her.


When somebody like Kyle beats you up like that, you take it to heart. She’s somebody who wants to do things the right way. She works at it. It’s a scenario where somebody has to tell you, ‘You are doing the right thing and disregard what one person says’ (ESPN).

Stewart went on to compliment Patrick’s attitude in the face of a recent spate of poor performances:

She doesn’t sit there and pout about it. She’s like, ‘OK, if something is not right, what do I do to make it better?’ She’s got the right mindset, she does the right things, she asks the right questions. I’ve said it from Day One, she does everything right in my opinion.

You can catch Patrick in the Samuel Deeds 400 on Sunday.

[Source: ESPN]

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