He'd be just another average driver, not really that relevant. He obviously rode the coat tails of his famous father and judging from his stats he was only able to hang on to sponsorship due to the Petty brand, if he was anyone else those last 13 years of being winless he'd be washing windshields in the pit not sitting behind the wheel of a race car. Since he chose to call out Danica Patrick I decided to look up his stats since I'm only a novice race fan, but I know enough that he was never any standout driver like Earnhardt or Bill Elliott. Let's take a look at some of the statistics that standout most from this driver who made no bones about calling out Danica Patrick. First, she's done something he never did, ran Indy Series, she is not a prodigy but he is.
Here's what I got from his stats that made me wonder why he felt the need to point out how she qualifies, he must have a very short memory, or inhaled way too much carbon monoxide.
Petty raced for 30 seasons, but didn't get his first win until his 8th year. His last 13 years of racing he had no wins at all. He had only 8 wins overall during his spectacular 30 year career.
In 30 years he raced 829 times yet he won only 8 poles.
His average start? 23rd
His average finish? 21st
In a total of 232,922 laps he led only 3,909.
He had 28 DNQ's.
And had 52 top 5 finishes in 30 years.
Now to the diehard fan these stats might mean something, but for me they say Kyle Petty is the last person in the world who should be questioning Danica Patrick's ability. Maybe Danica doesn't qualify that well, but Mr Petty, it was hardly anything you mastered in 30 years of racing…from the stats I'm seeing, you sir, sucked at qualifying too, and maybe you did breathe in too many fumes…judging from your average finish you were pulling up the rear weekly!
Stats were taken from http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=pettyky01
I had to run when I posted this, and then thought it would be fair to offer some comparison from Danica's career and I'll use Indy stats first since that's where her career took off and Petty never even ventured into the high speed, open wheel racing that as far as I'm concerned takes a lot of balls to run in.
In 7 years Patrick ran in 115 races, had 0 DNQ's, won 1 race, had 3 poles, her average start was 12th and average finish was 10th.
In NASCAR she has started 60 races, never had a DNQ (better than Petty to date in both INDY and NASCAR), average start was 18th (better than Petty), average finish 21st (same as Petty), she's had 1 top 5 and 7 top 10 finishes in just 4 years. If anything, in Petty's first four years, and cars were nowhere near as fast as they are now, he fared the same if only a little better in top 10 finishes, he had to wait 8 years to win his first race. Again, Kyle Petty needs to shut the fuck up! And by the way, Danica looks a helluva a lot better with a ponytail than Petty does, and I'll go out on a limb and bet she looks a lot better naked too.