Drivers Enjoying Break
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on April 17, 2014 | 10:42 A.M. EST
The Easter break gives drivers and teams a chance to take a short break before the season resumes next week at Richmond. (Photo: Getty Images)
A rare weekend off has drivers headed in different directions and team members relaxing. None of NASCAR’s three national series are competing this Easter weekend.
Clint Bowyer is in the Bahamas this week for his wedding to Lorra Podsiadlo. She tweeted earlier this week, "Out, I’m going to get hitched!!!!" Kurt Busch also is out of the country. He tweeted pictures earlier this week with his girlfriend and her son, saying: "Hello from New Zealand."
Jeff Gordon and his wife tweeted pictures of their daughter Ella driving a quarter-midget this week. Greg Biffle says he’s going to a beach for a little rest and relaxation. And Joey Logano is ready for the break. He held a party earlier in the week for his team to celebrate their win at Texas. From there, he’s headed to Charleston, S.C., with his fiancee.
As for Dale Earnhardt Jr.?
"We’ll just hang around the house on Sunday, get my family over there, get the grills out and barbecue," Earnhardt said. "I’ve got two briskets, two racks of ribs and a rack of ribeye that is not cut. I’m going to smoke it and see how it comes out."
AJ Allmendinger’s Easter Weekend will be simple.
"Sitting on the couch (or) playing golf," he said. "When I don’t have to travel, I’m not going to. A relaxing weekend. I need it."
Others will be more active. Trevor Bayne, Josh Wise and Blake Koch are set to compete in a triathlon sprint in Charleston on Saturday. They’ll do a 500-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run. Koch tweeted that he and Bayne hope to complete the event in less than 1 hour, 8 minutes.
Brendan Gaughan will go to Mexico and continue a family tradition. This time, the trip will be in memory of his grandfather, who recently passed.
The break comes at a perfect time for many teams, especially smaller teams such as Front Row Motorsports.
"We’ve wrecked a lot of cars, torn up a lot of sheet metal," said General Manager Jerry Freeze. "Even in races we ran the full race, we’ve had a lot of damage with two short-track races and Daytona, so it’s helping us get caught up on our cars.
"It’s nice to have a break. The schedule is brutal with all the West Coast, East Coast (races) and Daytona. Everybody recharges their batteries a little bit. I know our team is no different than anybody else on that."
Just think ... after this weekend, there’s only one more off-weekend the rest of the season for Sprint Cup teams. They’ll run 12 consecutive weekends until the final break in the schedule the weekend of July 19-20.