CONCORD, N.C. — They’ve cleaned their shops multiple times. They’ve talked with their fans on social media. They’ve played every racing video game in history.
And that’s just been in the past week.
It’s strange times, indeed, for World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series racers used to being on the road this time of the year.
But sitting around the house with their feet up isn’t something any of them are able to do.
Most are focused on family and maintaining their fitness levels, trying to stay focused for when racing resumes. With several events being shifted to later in the season, the likelihood of racing when drivers would normally have an off-day will definitely increase.
That could ultimately mean fewer trips to the gym and fewer trips home to be with family.
“I’ve just kind of been enjoying some time with my wife and daughter,” said defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion and current points leader Brad Sweet from his California home. “A lot of at home activities. Cleaning up the yard. Working around the house. Just trying to kill time. Still working out, trying to stay in shape. Watch race videos on DIRTVision. Obviously, hoping we can get back going sooner rather than later.
“I want to be ready whenever that time is.”
While 2013 champion Daryn Pittman is trying to follow orders to stay at home in Indiana, he’s discovering the challenges.
“We’re trying to stay isolated and do what we’re supposed to do, but it’s difficult,” said Pittman, who drives the Roth Motorsports No. 83. “Fortunately, I have a shop here and I can work on my midget. My motorhome is kind of always a full-time job as well, trying to keep it fixed up and cleaned up. Just trying to stay busy around the house. Trying to do a little spring cleaning around the house, get rid of stuff. But between the two kids being home every day, obviously, Taylor is home schooled, so that didn’t really change a whole lot, but Kady being home, she did go to a couple days of school, so her being home is a little bit of a distraction, as well. We try to do school with both of them, make things as fun for them with them being stuck in the house. Every day is a new adventure on what we do.
“We just try to play a lot of board games. The kids always loved that. Now we have more time to do it. Just doing a lot of that and redoing some of their rooms. Trying to spend time together and make this as much fun as possible,” Pittman added. “I don’t get to go to the gym anymore, so my gym sends out our workouts every day, so the kids get a kick out of that. We’ve actually been doing that as a family in the house. They like gym time in the morning and they’ve been doing that with me every day. They actually really enjoy it.”
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