During the NASCAR offseason, most of us take to watching other sports.
If you don't like other sports, you stare longingly at your countdown to Daytona clocks (53 days as of now).
But there is a huge plus to the offseason I was reminded of while running errands today: cheap merchandise.
At any given race, haulers are swarmed by fans getting the most recent t-shirts, hats, shot glasses, flags, blankets, bumper stickers, teddy bears—you get the picture. You name it, it has your favorite driver's name, logo, number, face, or car on it.
Everything is so expensive though!
I am currently wearing my one and only Dale Jr. sweatshirt. It cost $65.
Do I love it? Sure. Is it worth $65? That's debatable.
I also love my Dale Jr. pajama bottoms. I saw them at a hauler for $25.
I bought them last offseason for $11.
Today I hit up my local Wal-Mart to buy some groceries and a pair of pajama bottoms.
And I found the best surprise: 2009 season merchandise on clearance and 2010 merchandise already in!
I meticulously went through the 2010 section.
I was super confused when the Crown Royal shirt had Matt Kenseth's name on it.
Who knows, by Daytona it may say David Ragan (just kidding).
But it was only $15!
My mom picked out a 2010 Team Carl Edwards shirt.
AFLAC must be doing well because his shirts are already on sale for $11.
The new Dale Jr. fleece was $30, but I live in Las Vegas so one sweatshirt is enough. Still, a good deal.
Then I hit the clearance section. My goal was flannel pajama bottoms.
They were on sale for $9. My normally-priced $25 pajama bottoms for $9.
I wanted them all, but after careful consideration, I picked out a black and red flannel No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Sr. pair.
The t-shirt section was a whole different story.
Every shirt for $5. I could care less if they said 2009 on them.
I still wear t-shirts from high school so last season doesn't matter to me.
I grabbed a Tony Stewart No. 14 shirt (no season), two Junior shirts and one that just says NASCAR.
You know, just in case I can't decide who to root for next season.
Or I can't figure out which car they're in.