Danica, This is Why You… A Reflection on a moment at Kansas Speedway
Fans held their breath for a long while during last nights race at Kansas Speedway. A horrific three-car collision starting with Joey Logano getting into the side of Danica Patrick and ending with Aric Almirola being literally cut out off his car and air lifted to a local hospital. A welcomed sight was the slightest arm movement from Almirola before being placed into the ambulance and knowing the driver was alert and talking with emergency crew members.
Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra after this multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/bY6lkWjFVR
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 14, 2017
Visibly shaken was Joey Logano as he was interviewed upon exiting the infield care center stating, “I just hope everyone is OK.” The cause of the incident was allegedly due to a parts failure in the brake system resulting in Logano’s number 22 car to take a sharp left into Danica Patrick’s number 10 car. Almirola was unable to check up in time and collided head first into Logano’s car creating a horrifying inferno. “I hope Aric is alright,” Logano continued. “That’s the last thing you want to see, a big hit like that for anyone. It’s unfortunate for everyone.”
Now, before I break into the next part, I want to make something clear. First, and by very far, foremost, I am in No Way, Shape, or Form a fan of Miss Patrick, so if this next part seems slightly biased and one sided your damn right. I tried to put on my, “Be fair to all parties” BS hat, but I set that a blaze the second she opened her mouth. One more quick thought, I was genuinely concerned for the safety of all parties… everyone saw the “WAS”, right? Okay, now that is out of the way, let’s continue.
Upon interviewing Danica Patrick the spirited, whiny teenager was more than delighted to hear herself speak. Every word was dripping with a hint of egocentric narcissism, and a twist of sarcasm. It’s okay folks, she’s doing just fine. “… I was having a really great night, and that’s what makes me the most mad,” Patrick states in her interview. And by all means, she does have a great point to be mad, any driver would be. “Every time I’m doing better, something stupid happens,” she continued on. Again, very valid point as in the early 2017 season alone she has already wrack up five DNF’s in only eleven races. Had the interview stopped there the NASCAR fan world may have be slightly forgiving, instead follow-up questions were asked and the classic ostentatious Danica really shined.
Replaying what happened once getting out of her car as she attempted to confront Logano and again being “vocal” with him once inside the ambulance, and being very proud of herself for being right as to who was the cause of the crash. Congratulations should be added for her to make it to the very end of her interview and recognizing there was a third driver who was not able to currently walk out on his own free will, but able to swing it right back around to make it about her and her “bad luck.”
Buckel in my darlings, this might be hard to hear:
Danica: “It’s Not All About You.” Again, you have every right to be frustrated at last nights results. You may have had a good car, if you were able to hang on to it the rest of the night. However, let me point this out: the other two drivers were also having a good night. The difference between this incident and the others; it was not driver error. It was a malfunction in the vehicle. And please, for the love of all things, don’t even make it out to be aimed at you Miss Patrick. Cars have issues, from engine failure, to tire blow outs, to break issues. I know you are not new to this, everyone knows you are not new to this.
How dare you feel the need to bring your step stool over to climb up on your soap box about your luck on the race track when you were even lucky to get out of your car on your own. Looking at the replay of the crash over and over and over again, it is you my dear that should be grateful you can even address the media as quickly as you did. And to make it seem like, what, adjustments need to be made so no one bumps into you? Yes, you get into a lot of wrecks. Yes, you have been the cause of several wrecks. And yes, you have been the target of a few spin outs. But let me ask this: Did you ever get the feeling you put that target there?
I appreciate anyone with a little bit of spirit and fire in the things they are most passionate about, but only if they are logical. To feel you were right on being the aggressor in a time where the only one at fault might be the parts maker for the failed piece of machinery, I hope that helps your winning record… Oh, wait… Too soon? I beg you, take your fight to the manufacturer.
I would have felt slightly different, but not entirely, had your woe is me rant came a day or two later. Instead, you refused to acknowledge that sometimes these things happen and you have to rebuild from it. Let’s not take into consideration NASCAR’s most popular driver has seemed to have a rough start to the season as well with only ten laps led, one top ten and one top five finish. And in case you were confused, we are talking about Dale Earnhardt Jr., not you. Allow me to also throw into the mix the “luck” of reigning champion Jimmy Johnson who, up until the incident that put him way out of the running had a night that looked more like the rise and fall of the stock market. Way to go on passing nearly a hundred drivers throughout the course of the night and still be able to hold on to a top 25 finish.
Take a lesson from a young man many years your junior (if only in days on this earth), and be concerned for your fellow drivers as they will return the concern for you. Until then, good luck on landing that Midol sponsorship and lets see if Valium will come back around (that should help a little) to give you a little support. Oh, and here’s your soap box back.