Top 5 Ways For NASCAR Fans To Survive Offseason
Five Things NASCAR Fans Do To Get Through The Offseason
The NASCAR season spans over a period of nine months and is the longest in sports, but for many NASCAR fans, the rather short offseason can't end soon enough. The time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day is one dreaded by all race fans and ironically, one that is welcomed by the exhausted drivers and teams. Many fans don't know what to do with themselves during the off time and can be seen expressing their frustration all over social media.
It’s kind of ironic considering that auto racing fans get to enjoy a season longer than any other sports fan out there, yet I usually see them complaining the most when it’s over. For the fans that live and breathe racing, they are bored out of their minds when it's gone and go into what the racing community likes to call racing withdrawal. Okay, we’re not a very creative bunch when it comes to naming things, and I’ll admit that I'm part of that contingent.
Earlier this week, I took to Twitter and asked fans what they do to occupy themselves between the checkered flag at Homestead and the green flag at Daytona, and got some responses I expected as well as some that I certainly did not. Farmers Racing (primary sponsor for Hendrick Motorsport’s Kasey Kahne) even jumped in on the conversation and tweeted, “Photoshoots, interviews... ya know, stuff like that. ;)” Thank you to all those who responded to me and added to this not-so-serious and somewhat comical slideshow. Your input was greatly appreciated. After sorting through what I wanted to use and what I decided to leave out, here’s what I came up with…
Nick DeGroot is a Staff Writer For Rant Sports NASCAR. Connect With Him on Twitter @ndegroot89
5. Watch Other Forms of Racing
Watching other motorsports is a perfect way to get your racing fix during NASCAR's offseason. Despite it being the dead of winter, there's still a lot going on. Formula 1's season finale is always one week after the final NASCAR event of the year. The V8 Supercars over in Australia race until early December and AMA Supercross starts their new season in early January. There's also the Snowball Derby and the Chilli Bowl to look forward to.
The most popular race for fans suffering from racing withdrawal is the annual running of the 24 Hours of Daytona at the end of January. Besides being a historic race that always puts on a fascinating show, some NASCAR drivers always take part in it. It's a race that features some of the best sports car racers in the world and as the name suggests, it lasts 24 hours and is run partly on the oval and the infield road course. If you don't like any other form of racing besides NASCAR, then you could always turn to other sports such as the NFL.
4. Work More
A few fans told me that they just take on more hours at work or do maintenance at their homes. You won't have much time to think about NASCAR if you're too busy getting stuff done. It doesn't sound like much fun, but I guess that makes sense and it's much more productive than what most people are telling me. Let's just say what some fans do fall somewhere between that video where Dale Jr. is tearing around his dirt track in a Little Tikes Jeep and Clint Bowyer running through the garage area at Phoenix with thoughts of Jeff Gordon's head on a stake.
3. Prepare For Local Races
There are thousands of race fans out there that have their own race teams at the regional level. There's Late Models, Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Midgets, Bandoleros and the list goes on. Local racing is what NASCAR was built on and it's where the future stars earn their stripes. Race fans everywhere are building cars for the new season, negotiating with sponsors and getting ready for another shot at glory. Some do it as a hobby while for others, it's how they put food on the table.
2. Surround Themselves With NASCAR
Here's one for the slightly more obsessed race fans out there like me, and this works best if you live in or around the Charlotte, North Carolina area. You surround yourself with everything you can that's NASCAR-related. Some hang out at race shops or the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Others watch preseason testing or race against other fans with the newest NASCAR video game. One person even told me that he enjoys watching reruns of old races from the 80s and 90s.
1. Then There's The Really Obsessed Fans ...
There is a contingent of race fans out there that we like to call the die-hards. They are the fans that may seem a little crazy at times, never miss a race and are very passionate when they speak about NASCAR. Their life basically revolves around racing. I just described myself and thousands of other race fans out there. So, what do fans like us do to make the offseason go by faster? Some tell me that they reorganize their vast collection of NASCAR merchandise. Others actually spend hours sitting in the grandstands at an empty NASCAR track just hanging out.
A few sit and stare attentively at the countdown clock on Jayski.com until they slip slowly into madness and everything becomes a blur. I wouldn't advise that one. Then there's the real nutcases who write stories about NASCAR on an almost daily basis to fill the void and when the season commences, they write even more. Wait, that last one is me. However you get through the NASCAR offseason is up to you, but in the end, just remember to enjoy yourself. Spend time with family, race online, work on your own cars, do whatever it is that makes you happy and before you know it, 43 cars will come roaring to life at Daytona International Speedway.