“It’ll Be a Lover’s Quarrel Tonight” – Clint Bowyer & Others Mercilessly Insulted Danica Patrick During a Race for Wrecking Then-Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Published 10/01/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
FONTANA, CA – FEBRUARY 20: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 of the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, looks on from pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway on February 20, 2010 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)

You wouldn’t find a lot of objections to your opinion of Danica Patrick being one of the most polarizing, and in some ways, hated drivers in the sport. Now, it’s true, she had her reckless moments that led to some wrecks on track.

But did she deserve some of the things that came her way from the other NASCAR professionals?

For instance, when she wrecked her then-boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, it led to a flood of jokes from some drivers and spotters.

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“Danica wrecked her boyfriend man, I mean, like took him out,” the spotter of #15 said. “Oh boy,” Clint Bowyer added.

“It’ll be a lover’s quarrel tonight. It’ll be separate corners for those two,” the #32 spotter said.

“I guess they got their headlines for this week huh,” Casey Mears said. “I want to say, by the end of it, the romance is over,” the #13 spotter said.

“Hell that might be on TMZ,”  the #15 spotter added.

However, in one instance, one driver really unhinged and rained his fury on her after she led to his wreck.

“That dumb [expletive]. [Expletive] [Expletive], I’m going to [expletive] kill her,” Travis Kvapil said. “Ran out of [expletive] talent again. Un-[expletive]-real.”

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How does Danica Patrick deal with criticism and haters?

In an interview from earlier this year, Danica Patrick candidly opened up on how she deals with the criticism and unfair hate that comes her way even to this day as she tried her hand at broadcasting.

“I try and take it all with a grain of salt, but it is still information,” she said. Patrick insisted that social media “is a little bit of your finger on the pulse” of any story, along with being the pulse of the perspective.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 22: Danica Patrick, climbs from an F1 Hotlaps car after practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mario Renzi – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

As for whether she is weighing up a return to racing, Danica Patrick emphasized that as of now, she is “plenty busy enough.”

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“I don’t feel like I’m sitting around at home so bored, thinking maybe I shouldn’t have retired. … I really don’t have that desire [to race],” she described.

The former NASCAR driver added that she is cultivating other aspects of her personality and that she still has access to the energy she had while she was an active racecar driver.

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“But it’s also fun to kind of be in other spaces and do other things,” she argued.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. While Kyle Busch is always his first pick, he also considers Kyle Larson a legend in the making.

Edited By: Nizamul Haque Bhuyan

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