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February 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Danica Patrick is trying to avoid the debris field while Richard Petty is holding his ground following his critical comments last week that many have deemed sexist when he said Patrick could win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race only "if everybody else stayed home. " Patrick responded with the obligatory "everyone's entitled to their opinion" during media day at Daytona International Raceway. In comments to the Orlando Sentinel's George Diaz this weekend, she continued to maintain an even keel.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Murschel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A possible showdown between Danica Patrick and Richard Petty has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, was on "Fox and Friends" on Friday and told the news channel that he would be all in for a possible race between himself and Patrick. "I'm 76 years old, OK?" Petty said, according to USA Today. "It's been 25 years since I've been in a race car. But I'll take that challenge. " The challenge was issued by Patrick's teammate and team owner Tony Stewart , who was upset with the legendary driver for comments he made about Patrick's chances of ever winning on the NASCAR circuit.
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February 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
  Danica Patrick, responding to comments by NASCAR legend Richard Petty that questioned her racing skills, said Thursday that "everyone's entitled to their own opinion. " Petty, who won a record 200 races and now co-owns a NASCAR team, said last weekend that Patrick could win a Sprint Cup Series race "if everybody else stayed home. " But Petty, 76, who's widely known as "the King," also said Patrick and her celebrity were good for stock car racing. "People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine," Patrick, 31, said during media day at Florida's Daytona International Speedway ahead of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. "You can't try any harder," Patrick said in a transcript released by Team Chevy.
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February 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Danica Patrick is trying to avoid the debris field while Richard Petty is holding his ground following his critical comments last week that many have deemed sexist when he said Patrick could win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race only "if everybody else stayed home. " Patrick responded with the obligatory "everyone's entitled to their opinion" during media day at Daytona International Raceway. In comments to the Orlando Sentinel's George Diaz this weekend, she continued to maintain an even keel.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Murschel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A possible showdown between Danica Patrick and Richard Petty has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, was on "Fox and Friends" on Friday and told the news channel that he would be all in for a possible race between himself and Patrick. "I'm 76 years old, OK?" Petty said, according to USA Today. "It's been 25 years since I've been in a race car. But I'll take that challenge. " The challenge was issued by Patrick's teammate and team owner Tony Stewart , who was upset with the legendary driver for comments he made about Patrick's chances of ever winning on the NASCAR circuit.
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February 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Rekindling the debate about Danica Patrick's racing skills, legendary NASCAR champion Richard Petty reportedly said she could win only if she was the sole driver on the track. While appearing at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto on Sunday, Petty was asked if she would ever visit Victory Lane in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. "If everybody else stayed home," Petty replied, according to a story on the website Wheels.ca. But Petty, 76, who won a record 200 NASCAR races and co-owns his own Cup team, said Patrick nonetheless was good for stock car racing.
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July 10, 1988 | BOB KEIM, United Press International
"The King" has not won a stock car race in more than four years and his 1988 season is best-known for a spectacular, spinning wreck in the Daytona 500. But Richard Petty's zest for racing is unaffected by the lack of victories since he captured the 200th win of his career July 4, 1984, in the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Petty, known as "The King" to race fans, still is in the process of setting records on the Winston Cup circuit. The 51-year-old resident of Randelman, N.C.
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July 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
Richard Petty's last race has been such a hot ticket item that Atlanta Motor Speedway says it is adding a 12,000-seat grandstand outside the second turn for the Nov. 15 NASCAR Hooters 500. "We felt compelled to build this grandstand in time for Richard Petty's final race," speedway president Bruton Smith said Wednesday.
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February 11, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time Richard Petty drove a stock car at Daytona International Speedway, he was black flagged. Ordered off the track before he even got in a lap. It was 1959. He was a rookie in NASCAR. So was the track. "I came down here, a 21-year-old kid, and when I came through the tunnel, it looked as big as the state of North Carolina," Petty recalled Monday as though it were only yesterday. "There was really nothing here, no buildings and no fences. It was humungous.
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February 15, 1988 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
On Valentine's Day, it would be difficult to know who got the nicest present, Judy Allison or Lynda Petty. Judy watched her husband, Bobby, and son, Davey, finish nose-to-tail in the most competitive Daytona 500 in history Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, climaxing a week in which 50-year-old Bobby won three races and $249,250. Davey won $113,760.
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February 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
  Danica Patrick, responding to comments by NASCAR legend Richard Petty that questioned her racing skills, said Thursday that "everyone's entitled to their own opinion. " Petty, who won a record 200 races and now co-owns a NASCAR team, said last weekend that Patrick could win a Sprint Cup Series race "if everybody else stayed home. " But Petty, 76, who's widely known as "the King," also said Patrick and her celebrity were good for stock car racing. "People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine," Patrick, 31, said during media day at Florida's Daytona International Speedway ahead of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. "You can't try any harder," Patrick said in a transcript released by Team Chevy.
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February 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Rekindling the debate about Danica Patrick's racing skills, legendary NASCAR champion Richard Petty reportedly said she could win only if she was the sole driver on the track. While appearing at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto on Sunday, Petty was asked if she would ever visit Victory Lane in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. "If everybody else stayed home," Petty replied, according to a story on the website Wheels.ca. But Petty, 76, who won a record 200 NASCAR races and co-owns his own Cup team, said Patrick nonetheless was good for stock car racing.
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January 18, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Like many storied rivalries from the past, the careers of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will be forever linked. Although Brady is 10-4 in games against Manning's teams - Indianapolis and Denver - since the 2004 playoffs they have split four decisions. Brady is ahead, 2-1, in the playoffs, but they've split two AFC championship games. Sunday's conference title game will be the so-called “rubber match.” Some of the other great one-on-one sports rivalries: Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert: Two of the greatest women's tennis players ever played each other 80 times from 1973-88.
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June 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Here we go again. The debate about whether the hype surrounding Danica Patrick outweighs her skill as a race-car driver has lingered in the background ever since she reached racing's big leagues several years ago. Yet as Patrick, 32, muddles through her first full season in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, the argument has jumped to the fore yet again. Kyle Petty -- son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, himself a driver for 30 years and now a NASCAR television analyst -- rekindled matters Thursday by saying Patrick was "not a race-car driver.
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May 22, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Dale Jarrett and the late Glenn "Fireball" Roberts were among those in the newest five-member class elected Wednesday to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The others elected in the class of 2014 were drivers Tim Flock and Jack Ingram, along with engine builder Maurice Petty, brother of legendary driver Richard Petty. Jarrett was the 1999 champion of what is now called NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, and he was a three-time winner of the Daytona 500. His father Ned, a two-time series champion in the 1960s, already is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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February 15, 2010 | By Andrea Adelson and Tania Ganguli
Jimmie Johnson's bid for a fifth straight Cup title didn't get off to a great start Sunday as he was knocked out of the Daytona 500 before the race ended. A rear axle broke on Johnson's car late, and he was forced into the garage with 15 laps to go. Johnson had problems all day. Earlier in the race, he had a punctured tire, perhaps caused by the pothole on the track. "It's a long season and we came out of here last year with a crashed race car and still came back," Johnson said.
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February 11, 1998 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If racing heritage means anything, pairing an Andretti with a Petty--the King himself--should just about guarantee winning results on the race track. John Andretti thinks so. So does the King. No one, not even his son, Kyle, calls Richard Petty anything but "King." "The King wants to make this work," Andretti said of the STP Pontiac team of which he is the driver and Richard is the owner. "I have a feeling that it will.
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June 22, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Wearing his trademark cowboy hat and wraparound sunglasses, Richard Petty walked into Victory Lane at Infineon Raceway, sipped a bit of Northern California wine and then declared: "It was one of those picture-perfect days." He could have been describing the weather here Sunday, but he was referring to what had just happened on the twisty Infineon racetrack.
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February 16, 2009 | Andrea Adelson
AJ Allmendinger and Elliott Sadler gave Richard Petty Motorsports an impressive debut Sunday at the Daytona 500. Allmendinger finished third, Sadler was fifth and teammate Reed Sorenson took ninth for the newly created team. In the off-season, Petty Enterprises and Gillett Evernham Motorsports merged to save their teams. "I'm very proud of everyone that contributed to a great day," said Mark McArdle, vice president of competition for Richard Petty Motorsports.
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