Drivers Gear Up for Super Bowl
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on February 1, 2014 | 5:30 P.M. EST
Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch have a bet on the game’s outcome. (Photo: Getty Images)
One of the final weekends of the off-season provides many with an opportunity to relax at home on Sunday and watch the 2014 NFL championship decided at MetLife Stadium
A couple of drivers have a little more on the line than an afternoon on the sofa. Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne have a bet on the game’s outcome.
Washington state native Kahne is a huge Seahawks fan while Busch supports Denver. The loser of the wager must wear a jersey and hat of the other’s team during Speedweeks in Daytona.
“Of course I’m a Broncos fan, so Broncos all the way," Busch told Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio. "I’ve been a Broncos fan since the early to mid-90s. We didn’t have an NFL team in Vegas, but growing up the Broncos were kind of our home team since all the games were on TV there back then. I’ve been a fan ever since and it’s great to see them be successful. I’ve watched a lot of different quarterbacks there over the years, John Elway, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, Tim Tebow, and now Peyton Manning and all that he’s accomplished in his career.”
Kahne, who has partnered with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson for a charity golf event this summer, has been a lifelong Seahawks fan. Although he’s attended games this year, he won’t be making the trek to New York.
“No I’m gonna watch it at home,” said Kahne.
Danica Patrick will again be in the Super Bowl although not on the field. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will once again be featured in one of sponsor GoDaddy’s commercials, which has been a staple of her career.
“It’s fun the new stuff we’re doing, the new material for GoDaddy for small businesses so I can’t wait for people to see the commercials for the Super Bowl this year,” said Patrick. “My agent represents (Broncos quarterback) Peyton (Manning) and Peyton’s really a nice guy and I’d love to see him come back like he has and be better than ever, so I’m cheering for the Broncos.”
Joe Gibbs knows a thing or two about Super Bowls having led the Washington Redskins to the NFL championship when he was patrolling the sidelines. He thinks Sunday’s game will be a tough one to predict.
“I said that I would pick Denver unless it’s a big wind day,” said Gibbs. “If it’s real windy, I think I’d go and try to switch my bet.”
Brendan Gaughan has a bit of a different view on Super Bowl Sunday means.
“I’ve worked the window at the sports book since I was 21-years-old,” said Gaughan of his family’s Las Vegas-based hotel and casino. “Sports betting is what brought my family to Las Vegas, they’re old bookmakers from Omaha, Nebraska in the 1920s and sports betting is what got us to town.
“The fun thing is when you get the people who have never bet before and they don’t know how to do it. Especially when you get the little old ladies…they don’t know, they’re just betting for the first time and they’re like ‘I like these people,’ and you’re like okay madam how much do you want to bet? Do you want points or no points? You explain it all to them and you got the people behind them going ‘come on, let’s go!’ But you got to take care of each customer and it’s a lot of fun.”