NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 At Kentucky: TV Channel, Where To Watch Live, Preview, Starting Lineup
June 30, 2013 6:13 AM EST
Danica Patrick has faced criticism throughout her racing career, and knew exactly how to handle the harsh words from NASCAR television analyst Kyle Petty before Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Earlier in the week Petty said he had no problem with Patrick being a “marketing machine” and said she flat out “can’t race.” Patrick has not won a race in 26 career Sprint Cup starts, and has led only five laps this season. But she did win the pole at Daytona and finished eighth in NASCAR’s seminal event.
In the middle of her first full season in the Sprint Cup Series, Patrick spoke to reporters and casted Petty’s criticism aside.
“I really don’t care,” Patrick said. “"It's true that there are plenty of people who say really bad things about me. You just get over that kind of stuff."
Patrick will start in the 29th row Saturday, and her story has eclipsed Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first pole victory since last year at Richmond. The Hendrick Motorsports driver posted a 183.636 mph, just edging out Carl Edwards, who ran a 183.306 mph lap.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson will start in the third row, followed by Kyle Busch and Marcos Ambrose.
Edwards is only 25 points behind Johnson, and can follow up his third placing showing at Sonoma last week.
Reigning Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski won last year at Kentucky, and will start from the No. 8 slot in front of Brian Vicks, but one back from Ryan Newman.
The race begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast by TNT.
1.Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10. Juan Pablo Montoya
11. Joey Logano
12. Jeff Gordon
13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
14. Jeff Burton
15. Clint Bowyer
16. Matt Kenseth
17. AJ Allmendinger
18. Aric Almirola
19. Martin Truex Jr.
20. Greg Biffle
21. Kasey Kahne
22. Kevin Harvick
23. Jamie McMurray
24. Paul Menard
25. Tony Stewart
26. Austin Dillon
27. Kurt Busch
28. David Stremme
29. Danica Patrick
30. Landon Cassill
31. Casey Mears
32. Dave Blaney
33. Michael McDowell
34. David Gilliland
35. JJ Yeley
36. David Reutimann
37. Josh Wise
38. David Ragan
39. Mike Bliss
40. Travis Kvapil
41. Joe Nemechek
42. Scott Riggs
43. Ken Schrader
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