For better or for worse, Danica-mania is heading to Dover International Speedway next month. The track is taking full advantage of Danica Patrick's upcoming Nationwide Series race at Dover on Sept. 25, prominently featuring her on billboards and hosting a free question-and-answer session with her prior to her first race at the speedway.
The biggest question is, "Why?"
Female drivers have competed at Dover before. Anyone remember Shawna Robinson or Erin Crocker? They weren't featured on billboards.
However, the hype that surrounds Patrick is not because of her out-of-this-world driving skills. Rather, it is because of her cover-girl looks, which should offend all drivers, male or female.
That's because Patrick's accomplishments, or lack thereof, don't stack up to many drivers, male or female.
Patrick has made six starts in the Nationwide Series. Her average starting position has been 29th and her average finish has been 30.5.
Sure, there should be a learning curve, but she drives one of the fastest race cars out there for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team, which is supported by Hendrick Motorsports.
Her results so far are embarrassing. Does anyone remember her whining after veteran driver Morgan Shepherd slightly bumped into her at New Hampshire, causing her to spin out?
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