Sunday, November 29, 2009

Confessions of a NASCAR Napper

So it's the first Sunday afternoon sans NASCAR, and I have an awful confession to make.

While I miss the high-speed drama, the smoking tires, and all that goes with race day, what I'm really missing right now is my NASCAR nap.

Don't pretend like you don't know what I'm talking about.

The Sunday afternoon NASCAR nap is a beloved pastime in living rooms and dens across America. And although I don't nap during every race, I particularly enjoy it when the circuit hits tracks like Pocono or Michigan.

Come on, you've been there. You've just partaken of a satisfying Sunday dinner, you've changed out of your church clothes, and you're settled in to watch the race on your lounging furniture of choice. Before you know it, it's 70 laps in, there's a long green-flag run, and you've drifted off to dreamland.

Can I get a witness?

The beauty of the NASCAR nap, is that it can indeed be a group activity. I've watched races with friends, and before you know it three out of four of us are out like a light - leaving the alert one in the group to hit us in the shoulder when say, David Stremme, causes a caution. So here's NASCAR nap rule #1 - if you're group napping, be sure to assign a designated watcher.

NASCAR nap rule #2 - NASCAR napping doesn't work so well when you're actually at the track. It's too noisy for one thing and you just might get stepped on by an irate Kyle Busch fan. I admit I haven't actually tried (or wanted to try) at-the-track-napping - something tells me it would only lead to disaster. However, when you're in the calm and safety of your own abode, well the NASCAR nap is a beautiful thing.

NASCAR nap rule #3 - Get a DVR. The DVR is heaven's gift to us NASCAR nappers. With it, we can doze a little and not miss a beat. If roused by an excited commentator and the sound of crunching metal, just hit rewind to see what all the fuss is about.

NASCAR nap rule #4 - Be selective when napping. I don't suggest napping through Bristol or the Daytona 500 (even though the 500 is tempting, simply because there is such a long period in which to snooze). Save your naptime for the historically less dramatic races - and even then be judicious. You never know when a day at Loudon could end up like Talladega.

NASCAR nap rule #5 - Don't hate me because I nap. I'm no less of a NASCAR fan because I sometimes doze off during a race or two. And I think my fellow nappers would agree - they don't call Sunday the day of rest for nothing!


  1. I heart NASCAR Nappers who stay off the snooze button in the off-season!

  2. Amen sister! I missed my nap this week. Couldn't they at least show reruns on SPEED to help us out?

  3. I used to take naps during whatever race when I was kid, haven't really now that I'm older. Now that's not to say that there aren't races where I wanted to take a nap, because hey, let's face it, I was bored. But to be quite honest with ya. I have noticed that I get alot more done during those boring races like Fontana, Pocono, and Michigan then I normally would. When I was still in school, I would have the race on while doing my homework. Not a nap, but yes there are some races where my full and undivided attention wasn't 100% on the race.

  4. Another way of saying NASCSNORE.....

  5. I admit, I do doze off sometimes while watching the race, but in my defense I'm usually hung over! lol

  6. There are NASCAR Nap Rules?? I thought the only one was the husband has to poke me with ten laps to go.

  7. At last, other people admit to this too! I am a napper, but being a Michael Waltrip fan, I will always wake from my nap when I hear, 'Michael Waltrip is into the wall!'.