Richard Petty: Danica will win "if everybody else stays home" Published: February 10, 2014

When it comes to Danica Patrick, the Petty family just can't seem to pass on the subject without causing a caution flag.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty didn't mince words when talking about Patrick on Sunday and whether or not she would ever win a Sprint Cup race.

"If everybody else stayed home," Petty told reporters at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. "If she'd have been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a racetrack."

Petty went on to say Patrick has "helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport."

His son -- former driver and TV analyst Kyle Petty -- has been more outspoken through the years about Patrick's involvement, calling her a "marketing machine" and "not a race car driver" as recently as this past June.

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