Nascar driver Danica Patrick made history last weekend when she “took the pole” at the Daytona 500 trials. That’s a racing term meaning she had the fastest time in qualifying rounds, and will start the race this weekend in the lead position. To a lot of douchebags, it’s also an occasion to make gross jokes on Twitter. Let’s shame them!
Patrick has proven herself to be pretty unflappable about nonsense like this in the past. When a fellow driver once joked that she’s an aggressive driver “if you catch her at the right time of the month,” she laughed it off. When a reporter asked her Tuesday if she would kiss “Miss Sprint Cup,” a tradition for Daytona 500 winners, she gamely replied that “there is only one mister I will be kissing, and I don’t think they’re going to be wearing a Sprint Cup suit.” That’d be her boyfriend, fellow competitive driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is apparently a real person, and not a character in Talladega Nights.
So I guess it’s up to me to be super-annoyed in public on her behalf at the 7 tweeters below, five of whom are men and the other two who are indeterminate (but that didn’t fit in a headline). To the tweet-ers below, including prominent ESPN sports journalist Rick Reilly: Ugh, blech, you’re all the worst.
Danica Patrick’s the first woman on NASCAR’s Pole.Sounds about right.
— Jared Anderson (@jaredcomedy) February 17, 2013
Danica Patrick first woman to secure a Daytona pole, though many employees of Lollipops Gentleman’s Club contest this fact. — The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) February 17, 2013
Why does nobody understand why I laugh when they say, “Danica Patrick took the pole.”?
— Gloria Hole (@Tha_Batt) February 20, 2013
“So proud to have my daughter on the pole.” — Danica Patrick’s dad
— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) February 18, 2013
Danica Patrick’s parents are failures in Chris Rock’s eyes. “Keep your daughter off the pole!”
— Peyton’s Head (@PeytonsHead) February 17, 2013
I’m sorry I can’t resist anymore. It’s kinda hilarious that Danica Patrick is the “pole sitter” for the Daytona 500
— Thomas Adkins (@TAdkins11) February 20, 2013