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New England Super Bowl win bad sign for Hendrick Motorsports?

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Take it how you want. Maybe there’s a connection. Then again, maybe it’s just pure coincidence and doesn’t mean a thing.

Since 2000, the New England Patriots have won the most Super Bowls in the NFL at five. Since 2000, Hendrick Motorsports has won the most Cup titles at eight.

But Hendrick Motorsports has never won a Cup title in the same year that New England won the Super Bowl.

So, New England’s come-from-behind 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night in Super Bowl LI might be a good sign for the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Especially Joe Gibbs Racing.

The previous four times New England won a Super Bowl, Joe Gibbs Racing went on to win the Cup title in that year three times: Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005 and Kyle Busch in 2015. The only other year New England won the Super Bowl crown (2004), Roush Fenway Racing won the Cup title with Kurt Busch.

Coincidence or not?

It’s something to think about while counting down the days to the Feb. 26 Daytona 500.

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