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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