DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, talk prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

This is the latest obsession for several NASCAR drivers


When Jimmie Johnson isn't chasing his eighth Cup championship in his race car, he's speeding down trails and roads on his bicycle.

Johnson and several other NASCAR drivers have started cycling as a hobby when they aren't racing on the weekends, and Johnson told NBC Sports that cycling has helped him with nutrition and hydration, which he has carried over to his car while racing.

"It's a very stressful job and to get on the bike and be with my friends and socialize and stay fit has been good on a lot of levels," Johnson said. "Not just the obvious physical ones."

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Other drivers who took part in the cycling craze regularly are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne.

Earnhardt said he never enjoyed exercising by working out or running, but cycling helps him stay in shape.

"We go out and ride at all the stops on the NASCAR circuit, and we see part of the country that we ... never take the time to see," Earnhardt said. "It's really beautiful. And it doesn't feel like working out. It doesn't feel like an exercise. We're just cruising along on our bikes."

Not every driver is on board with cycling. Ryan Newman said he wouldn't spend the kind of money on bicycles that Earnhardt and Johnson have and he said he'd rather go fishing or do more physical activities.


Clint Bowyer said the cycling is, "Just a fad."

"It's going to go away, and that's when you'll be able to pick up a good deal on a really nice bike and go through the fad yourself," Bowyer said. "But there's no way in hell I would ever let anyone see me in that spandex."

Cycling might be a fad for these drivers, but it's certainly a good way for them to exercise and help relieve some stress.

(h/t NBC Sports)