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This is what he said.

Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:04 pm

Tony to Danica pre race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Moments before Danica Patrick climbed into her car for the start of the Daytona 500, Tony Stewart leaned in closely to give his driver some last-minute advice.

He almost got punched for it, too.

Patrick was unsure who in the thick crowd of people surrounding her car had put their hands on her: "He grabbed me first and I was about ready to unleash on someone," she said.

Once she realized it was Stewart, her Stewart-Haas Racing teammate and car co-owner, she let him get close enough for what appeared to be a whisper in her ear. The moment was caught on live television, leading fans to wonder what Stewart had to say.

"He just said, 'Block all this out. You go do it. It's your time now. Focus. You'll do a great job,'" Patrick recalled.

Patrick went on to become the first woman in NASCAR history to lead laps in the Daytona 500, and became the 13th driver to lead laps in both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's biggest race. She finished eighth in the race after starting from the pole, running in the top 10 most of the race and positioning herself at the front in the closing laps. She was third until the final frantic last-lap sprint to the finish.

She said after she appreciated Stewart's words of wisdom.

"What he said was simple, but calming, and it probably was what also drove me to just, as soon as the anthem was over with, to get in the car," Patrick said.

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Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:36 pm

Thought we needed a photo with the post........
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:16 pm

Annalee wrote:Thought we needed a photo with the post........
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Well at least he just whispered in her ear rather than grabbing her butt :lol:

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:53 pm

HTower wrote:
Annalee wrote:Thought we needed a photo with the post........
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Well at least he just whispered in her ear rather than grabbing her butt :lol:


...or trying to give some awkward kiss. Poor fiddy....rejection! :lol:

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:49 pm

Jellikit wrote:
HTower wrote:
Annalee wrote:Thought we needed a photo with the post........
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Well at least he just whispered in her ear rather than grabbing her butt :lol:


...or trying to give some awkward kiss. Poor fiddy....rejection! :lol:

did he learn it from 50 cent? Image

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:03 pm

I thought it was pretty cool he did the mentor type thing at that point. Right before a race like that can be a critical time for a driver (or anyone right before something big). So much of it is a mental game that it's a great time for him to give her good advice. And it looks like it worked! She did pretty darn good IMO. I would have liked her to be a little more agressive in those last couple laps but she held her own and stayed out of the wall and other drivers. Kudos to Danica.

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Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:27 pm

Thought it was super cool !!! I think he is going to be a good mentor for her !! :D

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Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:51 pm

I wonder what he would have done had she opened up a can of whoop butt on him before he told her what he did.

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Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:04 pm

I can't think of a better mentor for her than Tony ....her last owner driver teammate.....junyor was ready to punt her at Daytona .......nice guy...think not!!

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Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:40 am

jr is a good guy just as tony is, racin is racin, i can think of times when tony dumped people, he even had a issue with schrader this weekend, and schrader is a well liked driver,

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Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:48 pm

Annalee wrote:I can't think of a better mentor for her than Tony ....her last owner driver teammate.....junyor was ready to punt her at Daytona .......nice guy...think not!!



You are so right Annalee. I think perhaps Junyor really believes all the hype given because of Junior Nation. He may grow up one of these days.

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Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:24 pm

Tony calls her "little sister". I think that's so cute!!
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