BY: John Mamola

Richard Petty hasn't driven for NASCAR since 1992, and his most recent comments about current driver Danica Patrick are dated from days before "The King" was even born.  Petty speaking to reporters in Toronto at the Canadian Sports Expo said that he believes Patrick would win races "only if everyone else stayed home."

Petty went on to say:

"If she'd have been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a race track," Petty said. "This is a female deal that's driving her. There's nothing wrong with that, because that's good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport."

Petty added later in the conversation that the sport of NASCAR has become more about the personalities of the drivers, and less about the driving itself. 

"When NASCAR Cup racing first started, it was racing," he said. "Over a period of years, with our sponsorships, what we had to do for TV, to get the fans to come, the first thing you know is that the race is secondary, because all the rest of it is buildup, buildup, buildup."