Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints isn’t the only sports draw in the state of Florida this weekend, as NASCAR’s finest are at Daytona Beach prepping for Saturday’s Daytona 500 front row qualifying and the Budweiser Shootout.
Many NASCAR drivers have their favorites in Sunday’s game, and some even have predictions on the points spread and the final score.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are split. Hamlin expects the Colts to come out on top by a margin of nine points. Busch, on the other hand, thinks the Saints will be victorious, and he’s predicting the final tally to be a little closer.
“I think the Saints are going to beat the Colts,” Busch said. They both have really good offenses, and Peyton Manning is playing out of his mind right now, but I just think this is the Saints’ year. Their offence has really come together, and the defense is playing better than some expected. As for a score, I say Saints 31, Colts 28.”
While Hamlin and Busch looked at stats to make their predictions, other drivers have their Super Bowl favorites based on other factors. David Reutimann’s pick is based on geography.
“I think I am going to have to take the New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl this year,” Reutimann said. “Of course the main reason that I have to go with them is because they are the closest of the two teams to Florida, my home state.”
Brian Vickers’ pick is a result of his sponsorship from Red Bull and his impression of Saints star Reggie Busch.
“I’m pulling for Reggie Busch and the Saints,” Vickers said. “Reggie is a Red Bull athlete, and I’ve met him a couple of times, and I’ve got to say the guy is extremely nice.”
The Roush Fenway Racing camp Sprint Cup drivers are split down the middle when it comes to Super Bowl picks. David Regan and Matt Kenseth both think the Colts will pull out the win, while Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will be rooting the Saints on.
“I’m going to be cheering for the Saints in this year’s Super Bowl because they beat one of the best teams in the league to get there, and I think they deserve a world championship after that type of effort,” Biffle said.
While many NASCAR drivers have favorites in this year’s Super Bowl, there are some who don’t really care enough about the outcome to make a prediction, since their favorite team isn’t involved. Martin Truex is one of those drivers.
“I’m just bummed that my Philadelphia Eagles got knocked out in the first round,” Truex said. “I was pulling for them and thought they had a pretty good shot after that. They have been close so many times over the years and can never seem to win the big game. After that, I thought it would’ve been cool to see Brett Favre win another Super Bowl at his age, or maybe the Jets, because they play in New Jersey (Truex’s home state).”
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