Patrick broke new ground for female racing drivers during a storied career. She received a lot of abuse during her time in NASCAR. Yes, there was blatant sexism but there was also justifiable criticism for her occasional bad sportsmanship. In 2017, she had a three-car crash that put her out of the race (via Tampa Bay Times).
Later, she had an interview and complained for several minutes before it occurred to her to send best wishes to Aric Almirola. The Tampa driver went to the hospital with stress fractures in his back. That was far worse than the inconvenience of losing a race. Many people think that her self-centered approach didn’t help her legacy.