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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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.