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Kyle Busch ready to pay up at Speedweeks after Broncos' loss

7:04 PM, Feb 13, 2014   |    comments
Feb 13, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch during media day for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch, NASCAR driver and Denver Broncos fan, was sitting in MetLife Stadium when Seattle's Percy Harvin returned the Super Bowl's second-half kickoff for a touchdown.

Realizing his beloved Broncos were going to lose, Busch immediately began the process of settling a bet with Seahawks fan and fellow driver Kasey Kahne. Busch and Kahne had decided the losing fan would have to wear the winning team's hat and jersey around Daytona International Speedway at some point during Speedweeks.

Harvin's kickoff return, Busch figured, was the nail in the coffin.

"I instantly picked up my phone, went to NFLShop.com and ordered it on my phone," Busch said Thursday. "I got the hat and the jersey and had it shipped to the house while I was sitting there finishing up watching the game."

Kahne, meanwhile, wasn't even at the game. He preferred to stay home and host a Super Bowl party, where his family of Seahawks fans celebrated as their Bronco-supporting friends sulked.

"I didn't want to have to listen to them the whole game, and it worked out from basically the first 10 seconds they were quiet the rest of the game," Kahne said with a chuckle. "We got to be loud."

Busch, who was attending his sixth Super Bowl (but the first seeing his Broncos), said he had a bad feeling from the first three plays. Even though it was early in the game, Busch thought the Broncos were in for a drubbing.

"I was like, 'Man, this is going to be a bad day,'" he said.

Busch wore his new Russell Wilson jersey and Seahawks hat on the plane ride from Charlotte to Daytona Beach, and he plans on paying up by wearing it publicly sometime over the next 10 days. His only regret was not buying a Marshawn Lynch jersey, he said; sponsor Skittles would have been a perfect tie-in.

The Seahawks had offered to outfit Busch in his new Seattle gear, tweeting a photo of a specialized No. 18 Busch Seahawks jersey to both drivers with the tagline "Speedweek has never looked so good," the day after the Super Bowl victory.

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