The 2017 season for NASCAR’s premier series (sponsored by Monster Energy) doesn’t begin for 82 days with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.
That’s a lot of time and the stars of the sport have to keep themselves busy. Here’s a look at what some NASCAR drivers are doing with 82 days until the first points race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is busy going through production days for sponsors that will be on his No. 88 Chevrolet when he returns after missing the last 18 races of 2016 with a concussion. When he arrives at Daytona, he’ll also be a married man after he ties the knot with his fiance Amy Reimann on Dec. 31.
So any commercial that debuts next season needs to reflect reality.
While the Daytona 500 will likely mark Dale Jr.’s return to racing, it will also be the debut of Stewart-Haas Racing with Ford. It will also be the first race for Clint Bowyer with SHR after his lone season with HScott Motorsports (which has announced it wouldn’t compete in NASCAR in 2017)
And Bowyer expressed his excitement and possible shock at how quickly things are changing for him with a picture of a new Ford truck.
Keeping it in the Stewart-Haas Racing family, Danica Patrick has officially announced a book she is writing that will be released in January 2018 titled “Pretty Intense.” As part of the project, Patrick has also made available a 90-day health and nutrition plan she has tested herself.
As the offseason really gets going, a few drivers are taking part in a small basketball league called “The Hoop Group,” which you can follow along with on Twitter. Drivers in the league include Denny Hamlin, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ryan Blaney.