No Guts, No Glory: Danica Patrick “wimps out” down the stretch.
There is no doubt that NASCAR’s hottest woman drove a great race on Sunday at the Daytona 500. Danica Patrick showed that over 500 miles at nearly 200 mph she can hang tuff with the big boys, but something about the last three laps left me wondering if she has what it takes to win NASCAR’s biggest race. After taking the pole position and making history as the first woman to ever do so Danica Patrick spent most of the race in or near the top ten leaving no question that her race car was running strong and fast. With just three laps to go Danica Patrick in a solid third place drafting behind Greg Biffles #16 3M car and poised to challenge for the lead did something that stunned this race fan; she did nothing! When asked after the race why she didn’t make a move to win the race she replied, “I felt like if I moved to the inside I would be run over by a freight train”. Translation: “I was scared”. Call me crazy but I’m sure that any other driver in that last lap would have loved to be in Danica Patrick’s position down the final stretch (like Dale Earnhardt Jr, who while behind Danica Patrick on the final lap did drop down to the inside in an attempt to win and ended up in second place behind teammate Jimmie Johnson). Well Danica, that freight train did come, loaded with drivers willing to risk it all for the win and it passed you by leaving you in a disappointing 8th place instead of 1st. Champions will risk everything to win with the finish line in sight and in this humble race fan’s opinion Danica Patrick just doesn’t have the guts to take the checkered flag when everything is on the line.