Stewart-Hass Racing owner Tony Stewart stuck up for his teammate and employee Danica Patrick in the war of words with NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty.
Stewart wants a challenge race: Patrick vs. Petty.
If Danica won, Stewart suggested an unusual location for the checkered flag.
“If I were her, I’d take (the checkered flag) over there and cram it up his (butt),” Stewart said via USA Today at a taping of Performance Racing Network’s “Fast Talk” show.
Stewart, who won three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, is angry over Petty’s recent comments about Patrick, who hasn’t won a race on the NASCAR circuit. In fact, she finished last season in 27th place.
Petty recently said that the only way Patrick could win a NASCAR race is, “If everybody else stayed home.”
Those are fighting words.
Petty, 76, won a record 200 races during his NASCAR career between 1960 and 1979 — including seven championships.
He’s called “The King.” But Stewart said times have changed since Petty raced stock cars.
“I think he forgets that NASCAR has changed a lot since he was a driver and how hard it really is now,” Stewart said.
Patrick is taking Petty’s comments in stride.
But there’s an easy way to make Petty and other critics shut up — she’s got to win.