Tony Stewart: Danica Patrick should race Richard Petty

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.

Photo via Facebook/Danica Patrick