Patrick, who recently starred in her celebrity-leading 13th Super Bowl commercial for sponsor GoDaddy, dismissed Kyle Petty's comments at the time.
"It's true that there are plenty of people who say bad things about me; I read them," she said at the time. "At the end of the day, you get over that stuff and trust that you are doing a good job."
Patrick was defended by team co-owner Tony Stewart, the three-time champion, who called Kyle Petty's comments "way out of line and very inappropriate." Stewart also said Patrick's finishes weren't indicative of her talent.
"When somebody like Kyle beats you up like that, you take it to heart," he said. "She's somebody who wants to do things the right way. She works at it. It's a scenario where somebody has to tell you, 'You are doing the right thing and disregard what one person says.'"