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Watch as Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes a different kind of return to racing Instagram/@dalejr

We recently learned that Carrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher, was returning to the ice to play with his former NHL team, the Nashville Predators, and it’s pretty exciting for fans of the team, the man and his wife. But, could the same thing be possible for one of the nicest guys in NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Well … sort of.

To prepare for his upcoming gig as a color commentator with “NASCAR on NBC,” Dale was sent to Minneapolis with NBC auto racing analyst Rutledge Wood for the Super Bowl. While he was there, Dale spent some time with fellow drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney. And, as you might expect them to, the drivers’ thoughts turned to racing.

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That’s when Dale announced that he was ready to take on Martin and Ryan again … on the snow … using giant inner tubes.

In a video on the “NASCAR on NBC” Facebook page, a freshly shorn Ryan, reigning NASCAR cup champion Martin and undefeated snow-tubing champ Dale Jr. grab their tubes and a lane, and run like the devil to propel themselves down a snow-covered slope.

At the end of the short track, coming up victorious is New England Patriots fan Ryan Blaney!

We’re pretty sure Martin wasn’t too disappointed, though. His team, the Philadelphia Eagles, did take the win in the Super Bowl, a fact that wasn’t wasted on Dale.

So, while Junior isn’t returning to the race track, he did return to the ice like Mike Fisher. Snow, ice, snow, ice, it’s all cold, people.

Actually, that wasn’t the only cold weather activity that Junior participated in. Dale and Rutledge arrived in Minnesota early enough to try a few more wintry activities. They tried their hands at ice fishing, which wasn’t quite what Junior expected.

They also had a blast snowmobiling, attempted skijoring (yes, it’s a thing), and had their first try at broom ball.

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We are just days away from seeing all three of these gentlemen participate in their sport of choice when the official 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR series returns to Daytona on Feb. 11. Of course, Martin will be back behind the wheel of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota going for back-to-back champion titles, while Ryan will be gassing up the No. 21 Wood Bros. Ford to chase down his first Monster Energy championship.

Junior, as we mentioned earlier, is taking on a new role within the NASCAR world when he gets behind the microphone calling action and jacking up the energy as a commentator on “NASCAR on NBC.”

Yes, we have no doubt that he is living his best life right now!

Skijoring!!! #coldaf #minnesota #livingmybestlife

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