MARTIN TRUEX JR., RYAN BLANEY JOIN SUPER BOWL PRE-GAME SHOW

Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney will join NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage on Feb. 4, the network announced Wednesday.

Truex Jr. and Blaney, along with NBC reporter Rutledge Wood, Olympian Bode Miller, soccer analyst Andres Cantor and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will experience the Super Bowl celebration together from Minneapolis, and take part in outdoor events and activities leading up to kickoff.

The two join Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who will make his NBC debut — to give Minneapolis a little more flavor as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. Coverage of the big game begins on NBC at noon ET on Feb. 4. The three drivers and Wood will focus on the “speed” generated at outdoor events in Minnesota, including a downhill tubing competition.

No word on if Truex Jr., an ardent Eagles fan, will wear a jersey of his hometown team on air.

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