Someone upset the Nascar guys this past Sunday! Danica Patrick is the FIRST woman ever to take the pole for the Daytona 500! She will be starting FIRST in the Daytona 500 this coming Sunday.
I think it is AWESOME! It's about time that a woman is first in the Daytona 500. This race is the "Super Bowl" of racing. It's a BIG DEAL!!
If you follow twitter, there are a lot of people out there that don't like Danica. Why? Who knows. Probably because she gets mad when somebody hits her in a race, damages her car and sometimes puts her out of the race. It happens to the guys and don't think they don't get mad! We were at the Nascar Bristol race last August, and witnessed Tony Stewart throwing his helmet at Matt Kenseth as Matt came out of the pits. Tony was mad because he felt Matt wrecked him. Tony's helmet hit Matt's car. It bounced off Matt's car and Matt continued to race. Guys get mad when they get hit, so why can't Danica get mad? It is no different!
I have seen Danica have "attitude" at times. But I have also seen many guys have "attitude". The late Davey Allison and the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. got mad and had attitude at times. Tony Stewart was known for his temper for a long time. But since he has become an owner/driver, he has calmed down a lot. That incident of throwing his helmet at Matt was the first time I saw him that mad in a few years. The "Bad Boy" this last year was Kurt Busch. Hopefully this year Kurt has calmed down.
Every sport has their guys with attitude, tempers, etc. I think a lot of people like that. It makes the sport interesting!
What I love about Nascar is that the drivers are very accessible. In my opinion, this sport is Number One when it comes to the drivers interacting with their fans. There are a lot of drivers who are on Twitter that talk to you. Brad Keslowski is number one in interacting with his fans on Twitter. He is famous for talking on Twitter during the red flag stop of the Daytona 500 last year.
So back to Danica. I am happy that she took the pole for Sunday's race. I hope that Danica does well this year as she will be racing full time. Her boss? Why it is none other than Tony Stewart! He sees something in her racing skills and he is a good judge. I have to say that Tony is probably one of the best drivers in all kinds of racing. He is always racing. Whether it is Nascar racing, dirt track racing or Indy racing.
So Danica, I wish you nothing but the best. Go out and WIN the Daytona 500 and shut those naysayers up! Make us women PROUD!!!