Hall of Famer Richard Petty stands by Patrick criticism; denies he's sexist: 'I love women'

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Driver Danica Patrick, left, watches as crew members make adjustments to her car during practice for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty stood by his comments that Danica Patrick can't win a Cup race and the Hall of Famer says it's unfair he has been labeled a sexist.

The Hall of Famer said last week the only way Patrick could win a Sprint Cup race was "if everybody else stayed home."

Speaking Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, Petty says no one would make a fuss about his remarks if he was talking about a male driver.

"I am not a sexist by any ways. I love women," Petty says.

NASCAR's career victory leader, Petty says he doesn't believe in being politically correct for the sake of the sport.

Petty says no one was talking about the Daytona 500 until his comments.

He says, "What I said is what I said and that's what I believe, OK?"

Patrick brushed off the criticism this week at Daytona 500 media day. She says he's entitled to his opinion.

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