Danica Patrick wins the internet on April Fools Day

There are usually things that will stop NASCAR fans, and reporters, in their tracks (pun intended). Things such as who won the race, anything Dale Earnhardt Jr. does on or off the racing surface, and just about anything involving Danica Patrick.

Patrick may not be running at the front of the field each week, but gets a great deal of attention when she does something outside of racing.  From pitching a product, walking the red carpet somewhere or showing off he yoga moves, Danica grabs the attention of everyone.

She did just such a thing Saturday evening.  Patrick posted a photo on Instagram showing her kissing longtime boyfriend, and fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. On her right hand, there was a large diamond ring. Her caption? “Well…”

Patrick and Stenhouse have been dating since 2013, shortly after her divorce from her first husband of seven years.  After four years it would surprise few if Patrick and Stenhouse were to marry.


Saturday was April Fools Day, that day when fake news, really is fake. For a short time though, the Internet was a buzz and many NASCAR reporters, who had only just left Martinsville Speedway, perked up.  Once the date was realized however, the furor died off.

Of course, if the news turns out to be true, it will make fools out of a lot of people.

Prior to her post, the biggest April Fools “prank” of the day came from Joe Gibbs Racing. The team turned their site into “Joeski’s Silly Season Site” paying homage to Jayski.com the famous NASCAR news site. The JGR page was set up like the Jayski.com page was until recently when it underwent a redesign.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.