Rain delays start of Duck Commander 500
April 06, 2014, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com
Drivers find creative ways to spend time waiting for race to start
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers say knowing well in advance that you're going to be in an extended rain delay on race day doesn't make the news any better.
But since Texas Motor Speedway's weather postponement is the fourth of the season's first seven races and the first to extend a race weekend by an extra day, drivers say they are getting used to devising creative ways to pass time. Or not-so-creative ways.
While Kyle and Samantha Busch tried to figure out a way to work in a workout, food and television were more likely outlets in the garage.
Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr. snacked on tacos and watched a movie. Kyle Larson went to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s motorcoach to watch supercross and Formula One races with Stenhouse and Danica Patrick.
"I'm eating a big tray of leftover nachos," said JTG Daugherty Racing's AJ Allmendinger, who said he was trying to stay patient, but especially eager to get on track this weekend.
"It is what it is, and we just have wait it out," said Allmendinger, who's coming off a pair of top-11 finishes.
"The hardest thing for us was we struggled yesterday (in qualifying), just didn't have the speed and now the track conditions are completely different so we want to see what we have."
Driver Kevin Harvick's wife DeLana put their young son Keelan down for a nap and then went on Twitter to answer fans' questions. She disclosed Keelan's favorite music (hip hop) and revealed Kevin's go-to pre-race meal (fish, veggies and sweet potato).
Jamie McMurray says his wife and two young children didn't make the trip to Texas because they saw the weather forecast of rain.
"With me how I spend the time depends on whether my family is with me," said McMurray, who said spent time Sunday eating lunch and watching the morning's Formula One race he recorded.
"Today, I'm watching the radar and trying to figure out when the race is going to start. Really important to eat because the race is so long.
"It's different for everybody, but I really like the structure of waking up and knowing when your first appearance is and the driver meeting and then coming back and having lunch. I like the structure and during the rain delay you don't really know.
"I'm just looking at the radar trying to figure out how long it will take to dry the track and when we can get out there."
"Part of the most frustrating part of the weather is looking at it and knowing a week ahead of time there's 100 percent or 70 percent chance that the weather is coming. It's hard on the teams because those guys get up so early for the track, they don't have anywhere to relax and it's tough on the teams.
"You have two hours or more to sit around and then still four hours of racing after that, It's a long day."