ESPN’s Craven: Pa­trick is ‘get­ting long in the tooth’

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For­mer NASCAR driver Ricky Craven said Thurs­day that Dan­ica Pa­trick is “get­ting long in the tooth” and her win­dow to win a Cup race is start­ing to close. The two-time Mon­ster En­ergy Cup se­ries race win­ner and ESPN an­a­lyst said Pa­trick has been good at draw­ing in­ter­est and called him­self a “big fan” and sup­porter. He wants her to win but said, “I feel like she’s stalled in terms of her progress” and noted spon­sor­ship is­sues. “If that (spon­sor­ship) be­comes a chal­lenge, then her story be­comes a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult,” he said. Craven ex­plained that his com­ments were not meant to dis­re­spect one of the sport’s most pop­u­lar drivers, but he was sim­ply stat­ing the ob­vi­ous in a sport in which spon­sor­ship is pred­i­cated on re­sults. And now is the time for the Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing driver to show them af­ter 154 Cup starts. She turns 35 next month.

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