Do NASCAR Drivers Poop & Pee in Their Suits?

Published 08/12/2021, 1:47 PM EDT
Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) spins out at turn two of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


NASCAR races are tough for drivers. The drivers have to drive for anywhere between 250 miles to 600 miles for 3 hours straight. One of the biggest problems faced by the drivers is the soaring temperature inside the cockpit. The track conditions and the outside temperature determines the temperature inside the car. The temperature can reach up to 50 degrees celsius.

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The problem of dehydration in motorsports is more prevalent than overhydration. It is a known fact that a driver can lose up to 5 pounds during a NASCAR race.

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Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) leads NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick (8) into turn three during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

What happens when a NASCAR driver has to poop during a race?

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One of the intriguing questions that come to the mind of any NASCAR fan is what happens when a driver has to poop during a race?

Some of the drivers have reported having worn diapers during the races. It’s a matter of choice for the drivers as it is an extra layer that the driver has to wear.

In an interview with Fox Sports, Dale Earnhardt jr. said “if you can hold it, you hold it. If you can’t hold it, you go.”

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“It’s not too often that this happens because the car is real hot and you sweat a lot and you basically lose all your water weight through sweating, So your bladder never fills up.”

Before the start of the race, drivers keep a strict tab of what they are consuming and drinking. The drivers empty themselves right before the start of the race so that there are no problems in between the race. The drivers are quite anxious all through the race and when it’s a matter of seconds they don’t take chances of having breaks in between races for nature’s call.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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