When Dale Earnhardt Jr Revealed How “A Little Challenging to Keep Up With” Danica Patrick Got Drunk at His Residence

Published 08/31/2022, 12:55 PM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 17: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

For one of her podcasts, Danica Patrick asked several drivers how they recalled the time when they raced alongside her. One of the standout comments came from the Hall of Famer and former driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr, who recalled some of their best memories together from that era.

During the podcast, Junior can be heard saying, “you’re fun to keep up with, a little challenging to keep up with but we’re always thinking about you.”

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Danica then stated that she remembered a certain party hosted at Junior’s backyard and how they got a little too drunk. Although she does not recall the event all so well, she stated that there was a “fun boomerang picture with all of us in the backyard.”

Earnhardt Jr was seen being generally appreciative of Patrick and it seemed that the two often had fun times with each other’s families.

In general, Patrick has been highly regarded in the American open-wheel racing community, arguably even more so than in the Cup Series, since she holds the honors of being the only woman to ever win an IndyCar race.

Danica Patrick is the only woman to have started a NASCAR Sprint Series race from the pole

The IndyCar win was not the only time she made history during her illustrious career. There was a time during her Cup Series days when she started the race from the pole position, thereby becoming the only woman to ever do so.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, walks from the infield care center after being involved in an on-track incident at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Patrick had shunned her critiques after she put on a stellar performance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series which is currently known as the Xfinity Series.

This was back in 2013 during the Daytona 500, where she turned out to be the fastest driver out on track during qualifying.

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Sadly, in the end, she could only muster a P8 at the iconic race. Her highest-ever finish in the NASCAR Cup Series came the following year at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the form of a P6.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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