Not really. Dale Jr. received white hot attention from the beginning but then again he started winning right away. The others also did pretty good from the start. Bowyer never received much attention and still doesn't.
Actually has gotten a good amount of attention the last 2 years as he has finally come close to be the driver they thought he was years ago and got a good bit of attention when he started. There have been several stories on Bowyer this year alone.
And there have been a LOT of drivers in NASCAR and many got a lot of attention before they started doing anything. Some were lucky enough to have a few years of experience and get into great teams immediately. -- Brian
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said by CylonRed And there have been a LOT of drivers in NASCAR and many got a lot of attention before they started doing anything. Some were lucky enough to have a few years of experience and get into great teams immediately. [/BQUOTE :
How many people outside of NACAR even know who Bowyer is let alone the general public. Now how about in comparison Patrick?
And have any of them come even remotely close to the publicity and praise that Patrick has during those periods you mentioned?
A person wins the pole position at Daytona, (someone does every year) and it gets more attention as a story than the actual winner of the race got in terms of news coverage.
For this weekend's major NASCAR race at Fontana Danica qualified 40th in the 43 car field, nearly 8 MPH off the pole. This is also a track she is quite familiar with having raced open wheel cars on it too.
Except for a genuinely bright moment at Daytona in winning the pole she seems to have started at bottom and is in many ways working her way down.
Good luck in improving this week and the weeks to come Danica.
Well, she didn't crash and she was only lapped once this week.
OK, I need to give her some slack. I've made my point about what I perceive as her special treatment and mediocre talent and that she is a celebrity as a sporting marketing sex symbol and not because of her accomplishments.
Despite her continuous poor performance she has all ways handled herself with class and given 100 percent and conducted herself in racing as a professional. So I will try to wait until deeper into the season to reassess her results NASCAR and overall racing to see if there is any significant change or relevant events in her career.
With the exception of a road course race, the 5 tracks run so far are roughly representative of the majority of the tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule. Patrick is basically the worst performer so far given her superior equipment and team and that of her teammates. The only full time drivers below her in points with 5 starts are in inferior equipment, with the exception of Montoya. Montoya is off to a terrible start but his driving skills are already proven. A special note should be given to AJ Allmendinger. He has only 3 starts and is 5 points ahead of Patrick in the point standings. That's not really a comparison but it is worth mentioning. I didn't watch every minute of the race Sunday but I don't recall any mention of where she was running or any focus given to her during the race, as she shouldn't be getting any.
On other race notes Sunday, apart from the dust up between Logano and Hamlin again, Tony Stewart showed that he needs to revisit his anger therapist again This is a double funny since he shouldn't have gone to an anger therapist a few years ago in the first place. Tony should just be Tony and not be molded in to something else that his sponsors want. Teams and sponsors should not be making all the drivers in to monotone, cliche spewing, robots. It is counter productive. The sponsor thinks that they can't risk damage to their brand by a loose cannon but in reality their driver won't bring attention to their brand when acting like a sedated mental patient. -- Save water...drink beer! -- #occupytheworkplace -- Obama...it's junior high school all over again! -- Democrats don't mind raising taxes because democrats don't pay taxes.
Stewart as usual was out of line in his attempt to shove and punch Logano.
Someone should put a stop to Stewart's random unprovoked anger and physical attack by stepping up and into him when he attacks and throw and land a full force solid punch to Stewart's face. After Stewart gets up off of the ground, has his teeth repaired and nose fixed he might finally get the big picture.
He would be much more exciting winning a race than getting in sissy fights.
If you are serious about Stewart then that makes absolutely no sense. Somebody should violently attack Stewart to stop him from violently attacking others? LOL. Anybody willing to step up and fight is not a sissy in my book. I don't think he should fight either but I wouldn't call him a sissy.
Somebody should violently attack Stewart to stop him from violently attacking others?
quote: Someone should put a stop to Stewart's random unprovoked anger and physical attack by stepping up and into him when he attacks and throw and land a full force solid punch to Stewart's face.
After Stewart pays the piper for his childish aggression it will cease.
Trouble with fighting in sports is that not counting UFC type sports athletes like basketball players, race drivers, golfers, football players, and baseball players none of them can fight. They fight like sissies.
Now NHL guys those are guys that know how to fight! Three NHL enforcers could beat up a 43 man field of NASCAR drivers. Heck even just five random NHL player probably could do the same thing.
Ice Hockey, NHL style. The ONLY team sport in the world where fighting is necessary for the sport and to keep the peace.
Danica Patrick can't fight well either. Same as her NASCAR peers and her teammate Stewart after his blow up in the race that Patrick did so poorly race wise and that caused the momentary drift to the fighting topic.
which would be the sole reason why she's in NASCAR. The biggest problem is the longer she goes doing basically nothing the more NASCAR, etc lose credibility. If she has the talent to race Sprint (still Winston Cup in my mind) Cup and be competitive she hasn't shown it yet. -- FINAL FOUR, BABY!!!
which would be the sole reason why she's in NASCAR. The biggest problem is the longer she goes doing basically nothing the more NASCAR, etc lose credibility. If she has the talent to race Sprint (still Winston Cup in my mind) Cup and be competitive she hasn't shown it yet.
I still slip and say Winston Cup many times. -- [65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports
She has a top of the line car from JRMotorsports and a TOP crew chief with Tony Eury Jr so it's her.
She is with Stewart-Haas this year with Tony Gibson as her crew chief .. no one in Stewart-Haas is doing anything this year .. all 3 in the 20's in the points (22,23 & 26).. I don't think they have got the new car down yet ..
This week she qualified better, middle of the pack. However, she was lapped twice in the race. After the race claimed a particular driver was out to knock her out of the race on a regular basis. His response was "Shut up and race."
She joined the big time in 2005 on the Indy Circuit open wheel cars. While on the circuit for seven years she won one race in a depleted field. That was five years ago.
So in summary its been five years since she has won a race of any kind and that win was her only one.
I guess from this point on it's best to let her career forward speak for itself at least to the end of the season.
The sad part is she's taking a seat away from a more promising driver. She's unfortunately a novelty act and has become a parody of the hard-charging, bad-ass she tried to put forth. Maybe she should go back to posing spread eagle on car hoods while demanding to be taken seriously. -- Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles - Boyd Crowder