NASCAR’ s only woman driver fit right in with the boys after an on-the-track incident at Kentucky Speedway with the sport’s most popular driver.
She wasn’t talking much like a lady.
Danica Patrick was mired neared the back of the field late in Saturday’s race when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran into the back of her race car, causing her to spin out.
Patrick could be heard flipping out over her in-car radio, referencing Earnhardt’s car number.
“F—–g 88, did he f—-g hit me?” she asked.
“Oh, yeah, he said he didn’t have any brakes,” a crew member replied.
“Go f–k yourself, I mean really?” Patrick said. “If you didn’t have any brakes, why would you drive in underneath me? What’s your — weren’t you thinking about that, maybe the corner before that?”
Patrick lost her cool earlier in the season after an on-track incident involving Denny Hamlin at Daytona International Speedway, shoving Hamlin hard in the chest in a post-race altercation.
It was clear that Earnhardt was struggling with the brake problem, with his pit crew seen bleeding the breaks during one stop, but Patrick was not to be deterred.
After the race, Earnhardt took responsibility for the incident, saying the brakes “got worse and worse and I probably shouldn’t have been racing as hard as I was when we ran into the back of Danica.”
As popular a driver as he is, Earnhardt acknowledged the attention Patrick receives as the only female driver in the Sprint Cup series.
“There wasn’t anything I could do. It sucks,” he said. “I don’t like running into Danica because it gets a little too much attention, but I’m sorry for that.”
At the same time, he said Patrick will get over it.
“She will chill out,” he said. “It happens to all of us. I’m not too worried about it. I got a pretty good friend so I think we will be able to talk it out.”
The language will probably be cleaner when they do.
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