Over the course of the first 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season, JR Motorsports driver, Danica Patrick, has been the attention queen of the sport.
Even though Patrick is outside of the top ten in points, behind the self funding Joe Nemecheck and Mike Bliss who is also in an underfunded car, hasn’t stopped media outlets from having non-stop coverage about the waste of someone else’s money type of driver.
Patrick’s moment in the sun occurred when she was leading a road course race at Road America before she ran over a shoe which caused mechanical issues in her car to ruin her day. But lets face it, Patrick wouldn’t have won the race either way. She only had the lead because of a strategical move by her Crew Chief, Tony Eury Jr.
Though she has had some strong runs at times, Patrick, 30, continues to gain slight momentum when she races in the Sprint Cup Series with Stewart-Haas Racing in a partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing even though it’s clear, the only partnership is the car number because of the points. Yes, that’s just how little confidence the three-time champion, Tony Stewart, has in her.
Either way, just because she’s had a string of one or two good races, it does not make her a better driver than her teammate Cole Whitt, who has been running much better than Patrick this season.
Whitt’s in his first full-time Nationwide Series season along with Patrick. But, unlike the former IZOD INDY CAR series driver, Whitt has three top five’s and ten top ten’s compared to Patrick’s lone two top ten’s.
Everyone which follows the sport realizes that Patrick receives more media coverage than any other driver to ever run 15th week in and week out.
The main victims of “Patrick fever,” as I like to call it, is ESPN and FOX.
These two media outlets are the main companies that started the Patrick frenzy and have since been obsessed with having coverage every few laps about her continued struggles.
This insanity won’t end either. There is only a few marketable driver’s that our sport has and Patrick is one of them. Eventually, the media will come to realize, Danica Patrick is just wasting everyone’s time and money.