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:

 

Super Bowl XLIX pregame coverage continues RIGHT NOW on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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