In Which I Compare Apples to Oranges…

Danica Makeup

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m anti-NASCAR’s Danica Patrick. Is she good for the sport? ABSOLUTELY! Is she a good driver? Absolutely not!

She’s merely a marketing piece for stock car racing. She’s fully aware of this… Danica signed a major, multiyear, deal with GoDaddy as her sponsor. Were it not for the financial commitment of GoDaddy and a slew of other sponsors, she would already be out of NASCAR.

In 22 top level NASCAR races she’s averaged a 27th place finish… out of 43 drivers. That’s horrible!

In 115 Go Kart IndyCar races she did better, averaging an 11th place finish out of 30 or so “cars” and actually won 1 race… on fuel mileage. Ya know what that means? She just laid back and conserved fuel so she didn’t have to make a pit stop like the rest of the drivers at the end of the race. It’s still a win, though, I guess. So in an 8 year racing career she’s won 1 major race.

Yet the media calls her a “superstar.” She DOES have a “superstar” ass, however…

Danica

Don’t get me wrong…. her job isn’t easy by any means. There are only 50 or so people on this planet who are able to make it in NASCAR. I like to think I could wheel a Cup car pretty good, but who knows… I’d prolly crash just like Danica!

Currently, Danica is 30th in points in the Sprint Cup series….

People continue to rip NASCAR as not being a sport; it’s merely cars going in circles… A lot of people, some I know, can’t safely operate a regular street car, let alone an 800+ horsepower race car… so SHUT UP!

I’m gonna “switch gears” here a bit to talk about a real superstar… the NHRA’s Courtney force…

My girls, L to R: Courtney... Alexis

My girls: Courtney… Alexis

Courtney races a funny car Mustang that has a horsepower rating of 8,000 to 10,000!

The other day, my buddy at work implied that the NHRA is less of a sport than NASCAR because they race in a straight line and have no traffic to deal with…

I beg to differ, Frank…

That’s Courtney’s Dad, John, who got wrecked in the video… At around 300 miles an hour and under 4 seconds, John suffered a compound fracture of his left ankle, an abrasion to the bone of his right knee with tendon damage, a dislocated and broken left wrist and abrasions & broken fingers on his right hand…

There is a serious chance that drivers can die in drag racing…

I know… potential for injury is not what makes a sport a sport… but nobody has died from contact on the football field…

I get pissed because the media talks about Danica Patrick as a superstar while they largely ignore Courtney Force. Yes… NASCAR is much bigger than the NHRA so Danica will get more exposure…

But Courtney, who debuted in funny car last year, won her 16th event…

Mother, Laurie, and Dad, John with Courtney!

Mother, Laurie, and Dad, John with Courtney!

… Then she won this years first race. That’s two wins in 23 races!

Yet if you search “Courtney Force” on ESPN.com, you get 42 results. Search “Danica Patrick” and you get 4,919 results.

That’s bullshit, ESPN…

And Courtney is 7th in funny car points so far this year out of 27 drivers who have competed…

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