Kasey Kahne still rubbing it in to Kyle Busch, brings Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to PIR

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Even though he won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race for the third straight time, Kyle Busch still had to be feeling a little bit down.

That wouldn’t be Kyle Busch the NASCAR driver, but Kyle Busch the Denver Broncos fan.

Not only did Busch lose a Super Bowl bet with fellow driver Kasey Kahne — forced to spend a full day in the regalia of Kahne’s favorite team, the NFL champion Seattle Seahawks — Busch had to endure even more of Kahne’s boasting Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

The reason: Kahne had a special guest with him, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson spent time with Kahne, including walking through the Sprint Cup garage and watching Happy Hour from atop Kahne’s hauler in the PIR infield, according to a story at USAToday.com.

Wilson wore, what else, a Seahawks-green jacket while hanging with Kahne, a Washington state native and obviously a huge Seahawks fan.

“With Kasey being from the Washington area and all that, he’s a big Seahawks fan and we have a connection,” Wilson said.

Wilson was intrigued by everything he saw Saturday at the track.

“Just how much detail it takes for everything … just how much detail it takes to perfect your game,” Wilson said. “It’s similar in the sense of how I’m such a perfectionist in terms of how I play the game and all that. (Kahne’s) the same way. He’s got a great poise to himself. He’s very calm. That’s what I like about him.”

Wilson and Kahne will co-host a charity golf event and concert called “The Drive” to raise money for the Seattle-area Boys and Girls Club. The event will be held June 23-24, right after the Sprint Cup race at Sonoma on June 22. Several NASCAR drivers and NFL players will likely take part.

“We wanted to do (the charity event) together,” Wilson said. “It’s kind of cool. We’re in different sports worlds, but at the same time, we have a great appreciation for each other. It’s really exciting.”

Which makes one wonder, does Kyle Busch know how to play golf?

Maybe the younger Busch brother and Kahne can have a little side bet on the links. After Busch came up short in picking the Broncos to win the Super Bowl, can you say double or nothing?

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Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

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Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018