No, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse didn't get engaged Saturday

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/1633/" data-ylk="slk:Ricky Stenhouse Jr">Ricky Stenhouse Jr</a>. and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/nationwide/drivers/1311" data-ylk="slk:Danica Patrick">Danica Patrick</a> have been dating since 2012. (Getty)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick have been dating since 2012. (Getty)

Danica Patrick had some people forgetting what Saturday’s date was.

Patrick posted a picture to Instagram of herself kissing boyfriend (and fellow Cup Series driver) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. A ring was on Patrick’s left hand and the caption simply said “Well …”


A post shared by Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) on Apr 1, 2017 at 5:13pm PDT

As you can imagine, the couple started getting congratulations on a purported engagement by many NASCAR fans and those associated with the sport. But given that Saturday was April 1, it was a good idea to be skeptical about Patrick and Stenhouse’s “engagement.” And, date aside, who gets engaged in what looks to be a parking lot on a Martinsville race weekend?

What they should have been getting was congratulations on an April fool well done. Patrick posted Sunday morning that the “engagement” was just a ruse.

Just swinging and thinking about how good I got you all on April fools…. ????????

A post shared by Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) on Apr 2, 2017 at 5:22am PDT

While the date was a pretty good giveaway that Patrick and Stenhouse weren’t actually engaged, we are a bit curious as to why they chose it, among many other possible pranks, to be their April fool.

The couple has been dating since 2012 and Patrick said in a slightly-awkward Fox interview in April of 2015 that she would say yes if Stenhouse ever proposed.

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of Dr. Saturday and From the Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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