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Super Bowl Sunday: NASCAR’s Super Bowl Three Weeks Away

February 3rd, 2013 at 3:59 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Only one thing is on most sports fans minds on Super Bowl Sunday. Who will win the big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens? What the Super Bowl means to die-hard NASCAR fans is that the new NASCAR season is just around the corner.

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In exactly three weeks the Daytona 500, which has been long referred to as the "Super Bowl" of NASCAR will take center stage. Unlike the NFL's Super Bowl, NASCAR's comes at the beginning of the season. It is the one race that every driver with NASCAR aspirations dreams of winning.

This evening a champion will be crowned amidst a lot of great storylines. Either Joe Flacco will put the naysayers to rest for good or Colin Kaepernick will become a Super Bowl champion quarterback without even starting a full season's worth of games yet in his NFL career. Either Ray Lewis will leave the NFL on top of the sport as he retires or Patrick Willis will etch his name in as the next great linebacker with a ring to back it up. Which top-tier running back will shine on the big stage, Ray Rice or Frank Gore? One Harbaugh will become a Super Bowl winner that is for sure. But will it be John or Jim who comes out on top of this Har-Bowl?

As intriguing as Super Bowl XLVII is NASCAR's version provides just as many storylines. It will be the first points race for the new Generation 6 car in the Sprint Cup Series. What type of restrictor plate racing will the Gen-6 car provide? Will it be thrilling or will drivers not know what they can do with the cars yet and make for a boring race? Will one of NASCAR's big name drivers capture the victory or will it go to an underdog story like it did in 2011 when Trevor Bayne and Wood Brother's Racing won? Will it rain at any point and if so will NASCAR's new track drying system actually live up to the expectations?

Those questions and stories will have answers provided for them in three weeks on February 24th and predictions can wait for now. First thing is first and to make way for NASCAR's Super Bowl first the NFL has to enthrall the fans with theirs.

While the San Francisco 49ers are the favorites in many people's minds I have a gut feeling that tells me the Baltimore Ravens will win Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens looked like they could be the AFC's No. 1 seed for the playoffs after week 12 when they were 9-2. But then they lost four of their final five games as they limped into the postseason. But a rejuvenated Raven's team beat Indianapolis at home then went on the road and took down both Denver and New England to win the AFC. Now they will become Super Bowl champs. 

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Colin Kaepernick, daytona 500, Frank Gore, Joe Flacco, Motorsports, NASCAR, NFL, Patrick Willis, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, San Francisco 49ers, Sprint Cup Series, Super Bowl, Trevor Bayne

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