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Danica, please stay out of NASCAR
The Birmingham News ^ | July 15, 2006 | Mike Bolton

Posted on 07/15/2006 5:53:28 AM PDT by colonel mosby

Indy star Danica Patrick has hinted lately that she might be willing to give NASCAR a try. Although I believe the hints are nothing more than her gaining a little leverage as her contract with Letterman/Rahal expires at season's end, I'm still going to offer her a little advice.

Stay where you are, Danica. The Indy Racing League needs you.

(Excerpt) Read more at al.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: boring; danica; nascar; zzz
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1 posted on 07/15/2006 5:53:30 AM PDT by colonel mosby
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To: colonel mosby

He nailed it.


2 posted on 07/15/2006 6:05:50 AM PDT by SampleMan
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To: colonel mosby

Why? She has nothing left to prove in IRL...


3 posted on 07/15/2006 6:07:27 AM PDT by dakine
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To: colonel mosby

Nice butt?


4 posted on 07/15/2006 6:14:34 AM PDT by MonroeDNA (Mohhamed drank urine from female pigs.)
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To: dakine

except prove that she could win... a race.


5 posted on 07/15/2006 6:15:10 AM PDT by sjm_888
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To: dakine
Why? She has nothing left to prove in IRL...

Yep. Very similar to Michelle Wie and the LPGA.

6 posted on 07/15/2006 6:18:27 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: SampleMan

David Climer, a sportswriter for The Nashville Tennessean, who often makes snide, sarcastic comments about the whole motor racing scene, is nevertheless smitten with Ms. Patrick.

Climer has written glowing daily columns about Danica all week, leading up to the Nashville IRL race this weekend. It's as though the whole Danica phenomenon is making a mockery of automobile racing, and David Climer is only too happy to chronicle it.


7 posted on 07/15/2006 6:18:52 AM PDT by colonel mosby
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To: colonel mosby
whole Danica phenomenon is making a mockery of automobile racing

Racing? She does RACING?! I thought she sold Secret (strong enough for a man, good enough for a woman) deodorant?

8 posted on 07/15/2006 6:22:14 AM PDT by blu (People, for God's sake, think for yourselves)
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To: colonel mosby
David Climer is only too happy to chronicle it. ?

I wouldn't know why?....

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9 posted on 07/15/2006 6:22:44 AM PDT by digger48
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To: colonel mosby

"I don't feel insecure about being girlie," says Patrick. "I do as much media as I can because I want this IRL series to be so kick-butt that NASCAR goes, 'Huh?'"


10 posted on 07/15/2006 6:24:07 AM PDT by Sender (“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.”)
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To: colonel mosby

Danica needs to stay out of NASCAR! She would get all the publicity and the other drivers - both those I like and dislike - would be ignored by the media.

If she really wants a career in racing and NOT modeling (which she appears to do more of) then I suggest she move into drag racing.


11 posted on 07/15/2006 6:24:37 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: colonel mosby
"Danica, NASCAR isn't for you. About 40 percent of NASCAR's audience is women and a lot of those are women from the South. They don't mind their husbands pulling for Tony Stewart or Jeff Gordon, but when they start pulling for somebody who runs 25th every week that would be a little transparent."

Rich cultural heritage.

12 posted on 07/15/2006 6:24:49 AM PDT by verity (The MSM is comprised of useless eaters)
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To: proudofthesouth
Danica needs to stay out of NASCAR! She would get all the publicity and the other drivers - both those I like and dislike - would be ignored by the media.

Exactly.

Besides, NASCAR already has a reigning queen:


13 posted on 07/15/2006 6:30:23 AM PDT by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: colonel mosby

NASCAR isn't even NASCAR anymore. It's supposed to be STOCK CAR racing. It's more like the vigramass million dollar car racing association now and it's anyone's guess what cars these guys drive. Who wants NASCAR to be all People Mag-i-fied which is what will happen when the 'car hood ho' Danica joins.


14 posted on 07/15/2006 6:30:47 AM PDT by cyborg (then comes baby in the baby carriage)
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To: Petronski

ROTFLMAO


15 posted on 07/15/2006 6:33:15 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: colonel mosby
I meant to say Viagramass and maybe Enzyte but this is advertising on wheels:
16 posted on 07/15/2006 6:34:07 AM PDT by cyborg (then comes baby in the baby carriage)
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To: cyborg

We ceased being able to identify what the "stock car" was years and years ago....... ;o)


17 posted on 07/15/2006 6:41:16 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SW6906

LOL


18 posted on 07/15/2006 6:42:07 AM PDT by cyborg (then comes baby in the baby carriage)
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To: Petronski
LOL !!

I can't stand Jeff Gordon!

19 posted on 07/15/2006 6:42:47 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: Petronski

heh heh!


20 posted on 07/15/2006 6:43:58 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Gun owners have illustrated rights are individual and can be protected by individuals.)
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To: MonroeDNA
Nice butt??


21 posted on 07/15/2006 6:46:01 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: raybbr

No way, that broad is waaaaay too skinny.

Danica can apply for a position selling beer at NASCAR events, but otherwise, she's a pogo stick in an Olympic pole vaulting competition.


22 posted on 07/15/2006 6:50:36 AM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: cyborg
NASCAR isn't even NASCAR anymore

NASCAR - Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks

......ducks and covers........................

23 posted on 07/15/2006 6:53:36 AM PDT by par4 (If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything)
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To: colonel mosby
She hasn't hinted at anything. Her dad did. All she did was show up at a Cup race last year as a guest of Jack Roush and peek inside Kurt Busch's car. She hasn't said a peep about it.
24 posted on 07/15/2006 6:54:03 AM PDT by Doohickey (Democrats are nothing without a constituency of victims.)
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To: par4

Good grief! LOL


25 posted on 07/15/2006 6:54:03 AM PDT by cyborg (then comes baby in the baby carriage)
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To: colonel mosby

Would she have a better chance to win in NASCAR? I thought they gave the best restrictor plates to drivers they want to win.


26 posted on 07/15/2006 6:56:19 AM PDT by strings6459
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To: par4

"NASCAR - Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks"

Non-athletic?

Then I noticed your posting name...


27 posted on 07/15/2006 6:56:45 AM PDT by dakine
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To: colonel mosby

She is very hot and easy on the eyes ;) Honestly I don't like Nascar and not much interested F-1 since the cars are almost the same. More into drag and rally, since there is some major differences between cars depending on who made it.


28 posted on 07/15/2006 6:57:00 AM PDT by thebaron512
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To: raybbr

I've never understood why people get so excited about Dan's bony little boy-butt. She's more creepy than sexy.


Baby got NO back.


29 posted on 07/15/2006 6:57:41 AM PDT by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: NittanyLion
"Very similar to Michelle Wie and the LPGA.

Actually Michelle hasn't proven anything in the LPGA.

She won the Publinks US Amateur when she was 13 but she hasn't won anything in the last 3 years.

I can't for the life of me understand what she is doing trying out for PGA events...all she is doing is wasting celebrity value...she was in 149th spot yesterday when they took her away in an ambulance...

I've enjoyed the experience of two daughters going from age 14-18...believe me the use of enjoy was sarcasm... Michele may become the greatest woman golfer ever...but she and her "camp" are woefully mismanaging her career. Tiger's career would have been a perfect model for Michelle.

Danica on the other hand is a mature young lady and is definitely talented...but in NASCAR..."bump and grind" has a meaning with which I am sure Danica is unfamiliar.

30 posted on 07/15/2006 6:58:21 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: cyborg

I hope she does come to stock car racing and I hope she brings Vince McMahan with her. Nascar has gotten boring, cookie cutter cars, cookie cutter drivers, ancient technology. If you can watch a Daytona 500 without taking a nap you must be drunk. Lots of good racing on Speed however.
(Apologies in advance for the drunk remark.)
Jeff Gordon did redeem himself a bit when he drop kicked Matt Kenseth the other day, thats the way a Queen should act! Somebody needs to tell those boys to stop whining.


31 posted on 07/15/2006 6:58:25 AM PDT by KyHammer (Blowed up sir!)
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To: KyHammer

I like Vince *lol* I don't watch NASCAR anymore. I watched more of it in New York where it's not as popular. Now I just find it boring and am pursuing other interests.


32 posted on 07/15/2006 7:01:02 AM PDT by cyborg (then comes baby in the baby carriage)
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To: Positive
I know - I was being facetious. Both seem to be hinting at moving onto a "bigger" venue (Nascar and the PGA, respectively), when neither has actually won anything.

Now of course they're free to do whatever they like, but one would think they'd at least win something before claiming nothing is left for them to prove. And if they fail at the next level, they've certainly burned the bridge behind them. Perhaps the sponsor dollars are large enough to make the risk worthwhile.

33 posted on 07/15/2006 7:02:10 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Petronski; NormsRevenge
Besides, NASCAR already has a reigning queen:

Whoa!

Nork - wanna ping the list?

34 posted on 07/15/2006 7:02:37 AM PDT by don-o (Proudly posting without reading the thread since 1998. (stolen from one cool dude))
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To: par4
"Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks"

Oh....that's funny.

35 posted on 07/15/2006 7:12:19 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: NittanyLion
What some posters do is add an /sarcasm or /facetious after such a comment cause of course we can't hear the tonality that we would if we were speaking...anyway we are on the same page now.

The sponsor dollars are definitely there...but they will dry up quickly if she continues to fall short.

Remember Anika Sorenstam...appeared on only one PGA event and she is arguably the best woman golfer ever. But her appearance/performance apparently sucked all the PR/sponsor dollars out or her pride lead her to elude the appearance of being a loser.

36 posted on 07/15/2006 7:14:01 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: colonel mosby
Image hosted by Photobucket.com she's figgures to NASCAR cause she SUCKS in the IRL... she's all hype, and she's hooked on her own hype too.
37 posted on 07/15/2006 7:14:24 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: dakine
Actually, I heard that joke told by a Texan who really loves the sport, but you have to admit (even though it's really a physically demanding hot job) that:

"I don't care who you are, that's funny."

38 posted on 07/15/2006 7:15:33 AM PDT by par4 (If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything)
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To: Positive

Yeah, I should've added an emoticon or < /sarcasm > tag...


39 posted on 07/15/2006 7:20:47 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: colonel mosby
(posting after reading thirty or so others...)

1) NASCAR has gone about as far away from its roots as possible and somehow expanded its fan base; that in itself deserves some scientific study.
2) I'd agree with the "prefer drags and rally" comment except I'm only good for about one drag event a year, then it becomes reruns.
3) IRL &/or CART ... can only tell them apart by the (spec) engine manufacturer's name painted on the side and I'm not even sure it is still CART. They're interesting ONLY because of the drivers themselves and Patrick makes that cut. Almendinger (sic) on the other hand seems to be the real deal as well as a better story.
4) It's not true that finishing 24th means no one has a right to pull for a driver; if Yates could field a decent team Sadler would be in the chase. People like Kyle Petty despite the fact that he couldn't find first place if his father was driving. One of my all time favorites was Cecil Gordon, anybody remember him?
5) Don't knock advertising on the cars, it's the only reason Jarret has a job.
6) Everybody WANTS to see a competitive female driver, everybody WANTS to see a competitive black driver; once it gets done one time (as in drags, tennis, golf) you'll see more.
7) There is no valid explanation for Derrik Cope or Formula 1.

40 posted on 07/15/2006 7:22:41 AM PDT by norton
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To: colonel mosby
As a NASCAR fan of 30 years plus, and someone who used to "be on the inside" just a bit in the sport, my attitude is, "If someone gives her a shot, more power to her." If she does well in it, super. If she does lousy, she won't be around long.

Physically, I don't think she would have any problems. Since the advent of power steering, Cup cars don't take that much brute strength to drive anymore. If you'll check the stats, most of the guys coming into the sport now are rather small compared to the six-foot, 200-pounders of the past. Mark Martin ain't a whole lot bigger than Danica.

The competition? It's brutal, all the way through the field, compared to open-wheelers. Can she handle it? We won't know until she tries.

Will she get treated rudely by her competitors on the track? Actually, that depends on her. The example people often give is Scott Pruett, how he got wrecked just about every week the year he tried Cup full time. Some say it's because he was an Indy-car foreigner infringing on NASCAR's territory. My understanding is that his behavior and attitude toward his peers contributed mightily to that.

Bottom line, IMHO she's welcome to try, and whatever happens, happens. Quite frankly, though, I'm not all that sold on her driving ability. Her nearly winning at Indy wasn't exactly a fluke circumstance, but it had more to do with a bunch of other factors including good pit crew work than with her being dominant on the track that day. I will say in her defense that this year, Rahal's cars are pretty much crap, so I don't know if anyone else could be doing any better.

I actually think Montoya has a better chance of not stinking up the joint and being reasonably competitive the second time around to all the tracks than she would.

41 posted on 07/15/2006 7:24:18 AM PDT by GB
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To: Chode

that's ridiculous....she doesn't suck in IRL, she's a decent driver- any halfwit would realize the whole Rahal-Letterman racing teams switched chasis and all their drivers have had major problems adjusting to it...Buddy Rice, another Rahal-Letteman driver, has crashed three times this year because of the chasis switch....


42 posted on 07/15/2006 7:27:17 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Positive

IMHO, somebody is trying to sell Wie as more than just a female golfer ... and don't get me wrong, from what I've seen she has the skill set to be a great one ... and to be doing that to her at her age and at this point in her career is a disservice.


43 posted on 07/15/2006 7:28:03 AM PDT by GB
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To: cyborg

"People mag-i-fied". Good description of NASCAR President Brian France's vision of the future of his granddaddy's business.

Brian France is killing NASCAR. He's busy trying to create a skyscraper, but he seems oblivious to the fact that the foundation is crumbling into a sinkhole.


44 posted on 07/15/2006 7:28:58 AM PDT by colonel mosby
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To: norton

it isn't CART anymore- it is called Champ Series Racing...they will probably merge with the IRL for the '08 season...

CART of the late 90's is the blueprint of how to destroy an affluent sport....


45 posted on 07/15/2006 7:30:22 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: norton
I remember Cecil. Decent race driver, never had anything but junk. I wonder whatever happened to him, last I heard he was working for Childress but that was years ago.

As far as Kyle Petty, he got into the sport because it was expected of him. He actually became a reasonably decent race driver. But IMHO, he has never, ever, ever, ever had the fire in his belly to do this that his daddy had and that the great drivers had, and his career has reflected that.

46 posted on 07/15/2006 7:35:26 AM PDT by GB
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To: God luvs America
Image hosted by Photobucket.com was it Rahal or Lettermans fault that SHE SHUT HER CAR OFF during the first IRL race at the Glen last year???

the ONLY reason she finished so high in her first Indy race many say, is because she caused the incident that let her get up front.

other than that... she's showed me NOTHING that the several million dollars spent on her grooming couldn't be produced by anybody other young driver.

she's no phenom... or is that non-phenom

but that's just me.

47 posted on 07/15/2006 7:39:10 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: par4

That is pretty funny but far from accurate. If you look at the demographics for NASCAR (which advertisers do), their fans are more affluent, educated and tech-savvy then any other sport fan. The times they are a-changin' my friend!


48 posted on 07/15/2006 7:39:22 AM PDT by go-dubya-04
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To: God luvs America

Several IRL drivers have recently expressed a desire to drive stock cars at some point.

Maybe it's time to form a new stock car circuit to compete with NASCAR. There are several new tracks which can't get a Nextel Cup race, and some of the old tracks are losing races to the new, boring, cookie-cutter speedways in Chicago, Las Vegas, Kansas, and California.

Heck, they're even talking about building new generic speedways in New York and the state of Washington.


49 posted on 07/15/2006 7:39:54 AM PDT by colonel mosby
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To: Positive
>but in NASCAR..."bump and grind" has a meaning with which I am sure Danica is unfamiliar

She has commented
on that. She said the rubbing [!]
in NASCAR reminds

her of her kid days
in go-carts. She said she could
get used to it fine . . .

50 posted on 07/15/2006 7:39:58 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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