In the following few days Sprint Cup Series drivers will make their way to the Daytona International Speedway for Preseason Thunder Fan-Fest. They'll talk to the media, sign autographs and talk about their offseason as well as the upcoming season for them and their team.
Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson showed up today and his arrival made the headlines on Scenedaily.com but it didn't have anything to do with what he said while addressing the media.
Johnson made the news for growing a beard.
“I don't know, I typically grow it out in the winter and just decided to kind of stick with it a little longer,” Johnson said. “Technically I haven't been in a Cup car so the season hasn't started for me yet. I did tape a commercial the last two days with it, so it might stick around a little longer.”
The article is five short paragraphs in which it describes what Johnson was wearing and then leaves fans with the question of whether the beard will be permanent.
This is how you know the offseason is starting to get to the media when they feel the need to start reaching for articles. The bad news is, we can expect this for years to come since NASCAR decided to ban Daytona testing that would have taken place this week. The media and fans would be paying attention to that and not a drivers attire.
It already has been a rough and long offseason, this is just making it worse.