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Brangelina, TomKat, Bennifer. . . . Okay, so out of those aforementioned super couple nicknames, only one couple is still in existance. And you may be wondering, what do they have to do with racing? This is after all, a motorsports website. As far as I know, they don’t have a thing to do with motorsports, but apparently, there’s a new super couple that does — RickDan. No, I didn’t come up with that nickname that, in all actuality sounds like some gay, all-male super couple, if you ask me.
As much news as this new pairing made last week, I’m sure you’ve heard that Danica Patrick has found herself a new man and it’s none other that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Again, I’m not taking credit for the whole RickDan thing; that’s a new reference to the new couple that I saw in one of the many stories I stumbled upon about these two drivers last week without really even looking.
In case you were living under some kind of rock when the story broke and just wouldn’t go away, the romance was the talk of the Sprint Media Tour last week. Stories started around midweek, referring to the romance as just a rumor with both drivers remaining tight-lipped. Later in the week, Patrick and Stenhouse admitted to the romance and stories broke with confirmations of the pairing. Then, those stories were followed with additional articles contemplating how a relationship would affect racing between these two sweethearts, including the one on the Sporting News webiste in which I picked up on the RickDan nickname.
Okay, there’s got to be a nickname better than RickDan for these two. I swear, when I hear “RickDan,” I can’t help but picture two gay guys named Rick and Dan, but that’s beside the point. How about “Danicky?” Okay, I admit that one sounds too cheesy and the nickname doesn’t even really matter, anyway?
Should we even care that these two are dating? After all, their lives, their business. But still, I can’t help but wonder about this one.
There’s a popular saying among stock car drivers that goes something like, “I’d wreck my mom to win a race.” And in the case of one current NASCAR driver, he really did wreck his mom to win a local-level event earlier in his racing career. But what about, “I’d wreck my girlfriend to win,” Ricky?
Will the two drivers give each other more room on the track than they would other competitors in the same racing situation? What about retaliation directed toward drivers who mess with each respective driver’s “better half.” What about information sharing? Not only do they drive for different teams, but also different manufacturers. Obviously, these two drivers are going to have more eyes focused specifically on them when racing gets underway next month, especially if the racing buts the two in close quarters on the race track. Granted, it’s a given that a lot of eyes are going to be on media darling Patrick, anyway, but now they’re going to be looking for an additional reason.
When you get right down to it, couldn’t those same aforementioned questions come up with close relatives racing against each other? Sure, it’s not romance, but isn’t a brotherly bond or the feelings a father and son have for each other pretty darn big in their own right?
Should we even care? I admit, that I have my moments when I sometimes enjoy some celebrity gossip-type news, but I guess I never really suspected the source of super couple talk to be NASCAR. Well, I guess that’s just one of the things that come with growing from a regional pasttime to a nationally-covered sport.
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