From ESPN: The crew chief for Danica Patrick believes the Nationwide Series driver is being put in bad situations because competitors don't like losing to a woman.
When Austin Dillon got Patrick loose during Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Michigan, forcing her to spin out for the second of three times, Tony Eury Jr. radioed to his driver, "They hate that you're running this good."
"I've heard comments made, 'Well, why is the 7 running so good? The girl is getting better and better,' " Eury said after the former IndyCar star finished 18th in a race she was in the top 10 most of the day. "It's to the point where she's running with the competitive guys.
"We all have egos. We don't want the girl to outrun us. It's a fact of she's getting put in some situations where she doesn't need put into because they're taking advantage. If she's loose, they'll get up under her right rear or whatever."
I'm sorry, but Danica Patrick is an average to below average Nationwide driver who has the best equipment in Nationwide. She has an excellent sponsor and excellent crew, including Tony Eury Jr.
In addition, the main qualification for Patrick to get a ride in NASCAR is her bikini-body painting-sexy commercials. The Sprint car drivers were happy to get rid of Danica because the focus was on Patrick and her image of being a slut. She did win 1 race in Indy cars but she basically a middle of the racer in Indy cars.
So, for Danica or Tony Jr. to complain about Danica deserves respect, she has to earn it. Today, at the Michigan race, she spun 3 times, 2 of which her fault.
To Tony Jr.: The drivers don't like to lose to anyone, including men and women.
And BTW, Danica was not the first female across the finish line today. Johanna Long finished 16 while Patrick finished 18.
That's not how you gain respect. You get respect by driving hard, winning and not spinning out 3 times in a race.
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