After traveling for nine months, NASCAR drivers and their families get to take a little time to relax before getting ready for the 2017 season.Check out some of the wives and girlfriends of NASCAR Cup drivers. Earnhardt climbed out of his car under a sign for Gasoline Alley, drawing the loudest applause of the day, and disappeared from view. T-shirts followed him out, walking to the infield parking lots, triggering a bizarre exodus of cars out of IMS even as the Brickyard 400 was still running. Hundreds of fans poured out of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grandstands Sunday, barely halfway through the Brickyard 400, when Earnhardt’s No.88 Chevrolet wheezed into pit road, its radiator smoking, its day done.Earnhardt hasn’t won since 2015 and has barely contended in 20 starts this year. Earnhardt announced in April that this season, his 18th, would be his final as a full-time driver.
When I think of Martinsville, it brings to mind several years back when I saw Jimmie Johnson drive to Victory Lane as if he was simply gliding on a sheet of ice.The latter year was better for Mc Murray, as he won two races and finished sixth in the overall points standings. Mc Murray's entry into Cup racing did not go as planned.Before the fall race at Richmond in 2002, Chip Ganassi announced Mc Murray would become the driver of a Texaco-Havoline Dodge in 2003. Mc Murray was scheduled to drive a limited schedule in a No. One week later, at Charlotte, in just his second career NASCAR Winston Cup and first non-restrictor plate start, Mc Murray outraced the Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiacs of Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart to win the UAW-GM Quality 500.Larryssa Mercer of Brownsburg, Ind., was wearing a faded blue Dale Earnhardt Jr.T-shirt and a devastated look as she walked out of the grandstands. “Well, I don’t know about everyone else, but I came here to watch Dale race.