Attention Holiday Shoppers
December 18, 2000 | 11:39 A.M. EST
Never fear. You can still get your shopping done, and you don’t even have to brave going out to those overcrowded shopping malls. All you need is a computer and a link to the internet.
The worldwide web is the place to shop, whether your NASCAR enthusiast be a supporter of newly-crowned Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, 2000 Rookie of the Year Matt Kenseth, or even Joe Nemechek or Jerry Nadeau. A variety of merchandise is still available - from apparel, computer accessories, wall decorations, folding chairs - and finding it should be no problem.
Most of the items are available with most of the Winston Cup drivers' names and logos emblazoned on them.
For your fan to look his best at the track in the early and late months of the season, you might consider purchasing a sleek-looking twill jacket as a gift. The jacket, which goes for $159.99, is made of heavy, brushed cotton twill and lined in heavy, bridal satin.
How about a luxurious wall decoration for the living room or office? A limited edition JEBCO clock can be purchased for $80 and is sure to enhance a room’s look. Got a special NASCAR room? How about a 1/4-scale Dale Earnhardt Jr. metal hood replica ($89.99) to make you the envy of your racing fan friends.
Plan on going to the track a few times in 2001? There are all types of items available to enhance your fun while there. If you’re camping over the weekend at the track, how about a Dale Earnhardt 100 percent nylon folding chair, which comes with a carrying case, for $49.99, or a Rusty Wallace cooler or 12-piece "Tailgate-in-a-Tote," which includes four plates, four utensils and four logoed tumblers, all with your favorite team or driver’s name emblazoned on them.
Want your computer area to look snazzy? Purchase a Tony Stewart Mouscar Racing Kit ($45.99), which includes a HiRev stock-car mouse (similar to a race car), a mousepad and a screen saver, which is serial and PS/2 compatible.
Too cold in the stands for you in the early season? A Jeff Gordon blanket comes in two sizes - 60 inches X 50 ($34.99) and 60 X 80 ($39.99), or there are fleeces available in most sizes and different styles at $49.99.
Your fan looking for a nice watch to get to the qualifying sessions on time? If that’s the case, why not get one that has the look of a winner, with Dale Jarrett’s name and car number on it for only $49.99.
The choices are almost endless. Time is running out before Christmas, but there’s still plenty of time before the 2001 season gets underway.
You can find all of these items and more at your local NASCAR merchandise shop, but more conveniently at RacingOne’s Fan Shop, located at www.racingone.efanshop.com. For quick customer service, call 1-877-506-3326.
In order for quick delivery prior to Christmas, call before Wednesday, Dec. 20. Overnight and 2nd day air delivery is available.
If you’re a hearty soul and don’t mind venturing out into the shopping malls in the next few days, then you might want to check out another very popular NASCAR item. For those video game enthusiasts, the "Jarrett & Labonte Stock Car Racing" game is available, along with others.
Drivers such as Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth have all been huge proponents of such video games, stating that the hand-eye coordination they gain from playing the games really pays off when they get on the track for real in their race cars.
The "Jarrett and Labonte Stock Car Racing" game, for those Playstation owners, has quickly become one of the favorites. The game is endorsed by drivers such as Jason Jarrett, Justin Labonte, Lyndon Amick and Hank Parker Jr., sells for $39.99.
"I feel like racing games really enhance my driving performance, and I can use information I’ve picked up from the games when I go to the track," Parker Jr. says. "If you play the game long enough, a lot of the braking and turns become second nature and your really start to feel like you’re in the car. I know of several drivers who work on their skills by playing videogames. As the games get more and more realisitic, I think you’ll see a lot more drivers taking advantage of the new technology."
Whatever your NASCAR appetites, enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas, and remember, the Daytona 500 is just around the corner.