Ricky Stenhouse Jr. channels Marshawn Lynch: ‘I’m just here so I won’t get fined’

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Other than the fact that they both love football, it’s hard to draw any comparison between NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

But for a few seconds Wednesday morning during Roush Fenway Racing’s presentation on Day 3 of the NASCAR Media Tour, Stenhouse did his best to channel Lynch.

“I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” Stenhouse quipped when asked how his third full-time season in Sprint Cup will go in 2015, drawing a big laugh from the 200-plus assembled journalists in attendance.

Lynch showed up at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day in Phoenix reportedly under the threat of a $500,000 fine from the league if he skipped the session. He was posed 29 questions and answered each one in some variation on the same theme: “I’m here so I won’t get fined.”

NBC will televise the big game, with kickoff slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Stenhouse has a new crew chief, with Nick Sandler replacing Mike Kelley. Sandler was previously the team engineer for Carl Edwards, who left for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes pole at Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.

Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.

Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.