The 2010 NASCAR season is over, and while most drivers are out there basking in the glow of victory (Jimmie Johnson), becoming new daddies (Jamie McMurray), sharpening their blades for next season (Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch) or crying themselves to sleep at night (Denny Hamlin ... possibly), at least two drivers are taking a different approach. Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch are using their time off from racing to ... go racing.
Not together, of course. Don't let Urt's smile there fool you; these two have a history. No, they headed to virtually opposite sides of the continent, and naturally had some success.
Stewart traveled to Vegas and came away with a victory at the Las Vegas Sprint Car Nationals Presented By K&N Filters. Running on dirt at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Smoke started sixth, but worked his way to the front within the first 10 laps of the 25-lap race. He beat drivers Brian Brown, Jack Dover (motto: "Don't call me Ben") and Joey Saldana.
Meanwhile, Busch rocked the Rock. Running at the Street Stock Polar Bear 150 at Rockingham Speedway, Busch finished second behind Will Kimmel.
Running in races against guys who are their fans is nothing new for either Stewart or Busch, but it's again proof that these guys love racing more than they love being loved. There'll be weekend racing events throughout the offseason, so if there's one near you and one of NASCAR's finest is in attendance, make sure to let us know.