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February 22, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Richard Petty says Patrick could win Daytona 500, ready to race her

On the eve of the Daytona 500, Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, Tony Stewart sounded optimistic that Richard Petty might race Stewart-Haas Racing driver Danica Patrick.

A guest on "Daytona 500: Bash at the Beach" on FOX, which aired on Saturday night, Stewart reiterated his challenge to the seven-time NASCAR premier series champion to take on last year's Coors Light Pole Award winner and eighth-place finisher in the 2013 Daytona 500.

"I said they need to have a match race," Stewart said as he had on Wednesday's edition of "Fast Talk" on the Performance Racing Network. "I said I would supply the cars, and I think he might be accepting."

"I think it's pretty cool. I think it'd be pretty exciting to see Richard Petty back in a stock car again. I think that would settle the debate once and for all."

In response to a question about his remark at a Toronto auto show that Patrick could win a race "if everybody else stayed home," Petty told "FOX & Friends" on Friday morning that he is up for the race.

"I'm 76 years old, and it's been 25 years since I've been in a race car," the NASCAR Hall of Famer said. "But I'll take that challenge. When's this going to happen?"

The seven-time Daytona 500 winner also said on Friday that Patrick could win the Great American Race.

"She could even win the race here if somebody gets behind her and pushes her through the crowd so again it's a wide-open deal," Petty said. "There's been a bunch of people that's won one race and that's a restrictor plate race, either Daytona or Talladega."

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