How 15 NASCAR drivers are spending the offseason, from the beach to the mountains

The NASCAR Cup Series it famously long, stretching from February to November. So when drivers have a less rigorous schedule throughout the short offseason — compared with bouncing around the country to a different track nearly each weekend during the 36-race season — they take advantage.
From family adventures to relaxing on the beach and even racing a little, the sport’s top drivers have been a different kind of busy since the 2018 season ended with Joey Logano being crowned the champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. So what exactly have they been up to?
Just past the halfway point in the sport’s offseason, here’s a brief recap of how the biggest names in NASCAR have spent their break so far. And perhaps because of the brutal race schedule and when the offseason is, several drivers celebrated their anniversaries with their wives.
Dale Jr. and his family went to the Bahamas
So, yes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t technically a driver anymore, but after retiring from racing full-time at the end of the 2017 season, he transitioned into the broadcast booth with NBC Sports, meaning he’s probably enjoying the offseason as much as anyone. And judging by the photos of him, his wife, Amy, and their baby, Isla, they’re having a lovely time away from the track.

Kyle and Samantha Busch also went to the Bahamas, a frequent getaway spot for them

The Busch family, like other NASCAR drivers, recently went to the Justin Timberlake concert this week in Charlotte

Speaking of Jimmie Johnson…
The seven-time Cup Series champ has had a particularly busy offseason. He went to Bahrain and swapped rides with Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso, he just unveiled his 2019 paint scheme with his new sponsor, Ally Financial, and went skiing for Christmas with his family.

NASCAR’s reigning champ Joey Logano and his wife, Brittany, spent New Year’s Eve in Times Square and celebrating their son Hudson’s first birthday

Kevin Harvick taught his 6-year-old son, Keelan, to shoot a rifle

Brad Keselowski took advantage of the snow in North Carolina last month and went sledding with his daughter, Scarlett

Clint and Lorra Bowyer spent New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas and hung out with Gwen Stefani

He’s also definitely watched as much Kansas City Chiefs football as possible.

Kurt and Ashley Busch went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom to celebrate their anniversary together

Busch is among the drivers this season with a new team. Leaving Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch will pilot the No. 1 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing this year.
Ryan Blaney and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. went to Hawaii
These two are BFFs, so we’re not particularly surprised they spent part of their offseason on vacation together.

It also appears that Blaney got a puppy!

Welcome Sturgill. pic.twitter.com/kvlhheEqa6
— Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) January 4, 2019

Kyle and Katelyn Larson took their family to New Zealand, where the No. 42 Chevrolet driver, of course, still got some racing in

Daniel Suárez did a little racing in Brazil, went home to Mexico and announced his new ride for 2019

Getting ready for 12hrs of racing here in Brazil , here is the link for streaming all race. Let’s get us a trophy !!! || Listos para 12hrs de carrera en Brazil aquí les dejo el link para toda la carrera! https://t.co/NPOMZwKJlo pic.twitter.com/xglpXOeHbi
— Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) December 2, 2018

New wheelman for the No. 41 @Haas_Automation team in 2019. Let's give @Daniel_SuarezG a warm welcome, #SHRFans! #SHRacing pic.twitter.com/yeI1I0dnM3
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) January 8, 2019

Austin and Whitney Dillon also celebrated their anniversary and went to Costa Rica

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for New Year’s

Alex Bowman returned to his racing roots and hung out with his dogs, which is a great way to spend the offseason

Today is Finns first day as an air doggo. He made friends at the FBO in Iowa. We’re Jackson Hole bound. “Excuse me sir, this seats taken. #YouCantSitWithUs pic.twitter.com/b4s1MOHQaP
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) December 27, 2018

Bring Your Dad to Work Day @nationwide88 pic.twitter.com/41mUoOyIy6
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) January 7, 2019

The NASCAR Cup Series season starts with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway.

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