CONCORD, N.C. – This weekend there may not be a race, but Hendrick Motorsports drivers and teammates are all looking forward to a break in the race schedule to get recharged for the next string of races, which begins at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.
Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, believes this weekend will be a well-deserved break for the No. 88 team.
“It is going to be nice having a weekend off and everyone being able to reset,” Bowman said. “These No. 88 guys have been working day in and day out since before Daytona and I know are going to enjoy the weekend with their families for the Easter holiday. We will be working throughout the week on our Talladega car and strategy and be ready for the race the following weekend.”
Chad Knaus, crew chief for the No. 24 team, is looking forward to the Easter break to catch his breath after all the traveling so far this season.
“I need a vacation, so I’m taking some time off,” the crew chief said. “I think everybody in the sport needs a little bit of time off this time of year. As you roll through Daytona, head straight out west, then you’re in Atlanta, Martinsville, Bristol, and Richmond and it’s just a chaotic thing. The only people who don’t really want to take the weekend off are probably the guys who are winning races right now. The rest of us, I think, just want to catch our breath a little bit and give ourselves an opportunity to get our cars up and maybe improve on our cars some before we come back and head to Talladega, Dover, Kansas.”
After running the Boston Marathon, Jimmie Johnson is looking forward to recovering this weekend, which will consist of relaxation and time with family and friends.
“For Easter, we're going to go with a few families and go down to the islands and work on a sunburn and relax and enjoy," the driver said. "It’s been a few years since we’ve taken this particular trip. My wife and I got married down on this island, and we love to go take our kids and have Easter in the church, and do the Easter-egg hunt and all that.”