Short Trackers Make Their Super Bowl Picks by Mike Twist, Matthew Dillner, Matt Kentfield and Jason Buckley
Who Will Win the Big Game?  There's Not Much Agreement Here
With headgear like that in this 2003 photo, is there any doubt who Jimmy Blewett thinks will win the Super Bowl this year?
It’s time for the Speedbowl again and just like every year, asked some of the short trackers out there just who they predicted would win the big game.  This year, most everybody was pretty knowledgeable on the match-up between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.  Some of the voting did fall along geographical lines though.  After all, you wouldn’t expect a New Englander like Bobby Grigas or Cassius Clark to go against their home team would you?  Or have New Yorker Tom McCann do the same thing?

Here’s what the short trackers predict for Sunday’s big game.
Jimmy Blewett (Mods)

"I’ve gotta go with Big Blue being a Jersey guy.  The Patriots are bound to lose.  Not everybody’s perfect.  They’re a good team and they’ve had a hell of a season so far, but everybody’s gotta lose once in their lives. 

Everybody’s always waiting for something to happen close to home.  Everybody’s pumped up.  Everybody thinks the Giants can do it around here.  The Giants really have nothing to lose.  The pressure’s all on the Patriots. 

We’re going to have a big Super Bowl party here at Club Showtime at the house. 

Bobby Grigas (Mods)

“Obviously, I’m going with the Patriots (Grigas lives on the South Shore of the Boston area – not far from the Pats home in Foxboro).  There is so much talent on that team
from the players to the coach that I don’t see how they could lose.  But then again, there is so much hype. people are already printing books about the Patriots’ perfect season and planning parades, that maybe the Giants could upset them….but I really don’t think so.”

Cassius Clark (PASS North)

“The Patriots man! of course. It’s the year of New England sports teams. Sox, Pats, and hell even the Celtics. I will agree with Plaxico’s score prediction, however in the Pats favor. Go Pats!!”

Craig Goess (NASCAR Camping World East Series)

“If I can’t drive it or if it doesn’t have a motor in it, it doesn’t matter to me who wins or loses.  I don’t even know who is playing this weekend.  I wouldn’t even pick a winner. I would flip a coin and hope for the best.  During the Super Bowl, I will probably be racing on the computer or sleeping, one of the two.”
Chris Kennison
Pierre Bourque (ARCA)

"I spend a lot of time down on Martha's Vineyard and so by osmosis I'm a Patriots fan. Besides, you have to admire their recent track record. Beyond that, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to make a big pot of my famous homemade Caribou Tundra Chili. Yum !"

Chris Kennison (PASS North)

"My prediction on the Super Bowl?  I received this in an email,  I think this sums it up....

God asks Peyton Manning first: 'What do you believe?'

Peyton thinks long and hard, looks God in the eye, and says, 'I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends. I believe in giving. I was lucky, but I always tried to do right by my fans.'

God can't help but see the essential goodness of Manning, and offers him a seat to his left.

Then God turns to Tony Romo and says, 'What do you believe?'
Tony says, 'I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life. I, too, have been lucky, but win or lose, I've always tried to be a true sportsman, both on and off the playing fields.'

God is greatly moved by Tony's sincere eloquence, and he offers him a seat to his right. 

Finally, God turns to Tom Brady: 'And you, Tom, what do you believe?'

Tom replies, 'I believe you're in my seat.'

Ryan Lawler (PASS South)

“Since no team from my part of the country (Texas) is in it, I’ll definitely have to go with the Patriots, just going by that stats there’s no doubt about it.”
Cassius Clark's #8 Super Late Model.  (51 Photo)
Jeff Fultz (SLM – Pro Cup)

“I predict the Giants will win. At least I hope they win. Everyone says they won’t win so that is why I want them to win. You always have to pull for the guys they say won’t win and that’s who I’m pullin’ for. If they (Patriots) win eight games in a row we want to see them get beat at least once.  All the guys in the shop (DEI) keep tabs on what’s going on in football from Dallas to Cincinnati. They all get in arguments and fights about who is going to win every game. We’ll be watching the game over someone’s house but we will be real busy up until game time getting the car together for the Birmingham (SLM) race. If we aren’t racing we are always getting our cars ready for the next one.

Tom McCann (PASS South)

“I would have to say I am pulling for the Giants being that I am a native New Yorker. I was a Giants fan back when I was ten years old. I’d really like to see the Patriots go 18 and 1, ha ha. I think for the Giants Plaxico Burress (wide receiver) needs to have a good
game. He made some comments early in the week not guaranteeing victory but saying they were going to win. I think the Patriots will put double coverage on him so maybe some of the other guys will need to step up. As long as Eli Manning (Giants quarterback) keeps doing what he’s been doing the last few weeks I think they can beat them. They were close and beating them up until the fourth-quarter a couple of weeks ago. We will test in Hickory on Saturday and watch the game at the house on Sunday.

Mike Herman (Former Pro-Cup – Now Modified Driver)

“I’ll take the Patriots. I think they’ll cover the spread too. They are a well-oiled machine, man. Plus the Giants knocked my Cowboys out so I am not particularly fond of them right now.  I don’t like any other teams in the NFC East even though I work for Joe Gibbs Racing.  I have a big Trifecta birthday party the night before the game, so I’ll probably just be relaxing and watching the game at a friends house.”

Jeff Choquette (Super Late Model)

“I would like for the underdog NY Giants to win but I think the Patriots are going to take it. I am not a big football guru. I don’t watch much football. I don’t have any money on it so it doesn’t make any difference to me. I might be watching it. I might go play golf on Sunday and maybe not watch the game. It’s a good reason for a party and to have everyone come over and hang out though.

Travis Dassow (ASA LM)

“As much as I would have liked to see the Packers in it I think I am going to have to
take the Giants. As much as I didn’t want the Giants to be there I at least want
someone to have a chance of beating the Patriots to upset their perfect season. I just
don’t want to see it happen. I watched all the Patriot games that they had nationally
televised this year trying to see them lose pretty much.

It’s like 1-degree up here right now in the frigid Northwest….real football weather.”

Kory Rabenold (ARCA)

"For the Superbowl, I would have to say the Patriots. I am from Pennsylvania and am a
Philadelphia Eagles fan. Since I am an Eagles fan I am pulling for the Patriots because
I don’t want to see the Giants win. I don’t want to see the Patriots win either but it’s
better than the Giants. The Patriots beat the Eagles so that is why I don’t like them.

We are leaving for Daytona for the ARCA race on Sunday so I won’t have a chance to watch it. We will listen to it on the radio. It won’t be as exciting as watching it on TV. We won’t be able to see the commercials and that’s what you watch the Superbowl for.”

Travis Dassow
Jeff Fultz