Dale Jr., Austin Dillon, Xfinity champ Chase Elliott pick Patriots in Super Bowl

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If you watched Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA, many of NASCAR’s top drivers gave their predictions for the outcome of tonight’s Super Bowl XLIX on NBC:

 

However, three drivers that weren’t part of that clip have revealed their picks today. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Austin Dillon, and Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott are all choosing the New England Patriots over the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

In a Tweet, Earnhardt appeared sympathetic toward Tom Brady and Co. for having to deal with the ongoing “Deflategate” controversy – which Earnhardt called “damn ridiculous” (Note: Here’s Brady’s pre-game conversation on the topic with NBC’s Bob Costas):

 

Dillon posted an Instagram photo of a man (himself?) in the classic Patriots combo of Brady jersey and hooded sweater, the latter item being a signature for Pats head coach Bill Belichick:

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My pick for the Super Bowl #Undisputed

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As for Elliott, he kept it short and sweet:

 

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IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.