Four Out of Five NASCAR Drivers Depend on DEPEND®
CHARLOTTE (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) — Auto racing is a classic nature vs. machine contest in more ways than one. Indeed, one of the central mysteries of auto racing — one of its most guarded secrets — is how drivers answer the call of nature. Specifically, as they remain strapped in for miles and miles with intermittent pit stops for tire and oil changes, how do they manage to relieve themselves, as even the shortest trips to the head can cost the driver and his team precious seconds — time that can prove decisive when microseconds separate first from second place.
It turns out that adult diapers – or “adult absorption products” — are a staple of NASCAR. According to Bobby Ray Ellison, a senior member of Jeff Gordon’s pit crew, “You’re driving for several hours, lap after lap after lap, in a hot car, keeping yourself hydrated. You can hold it in for only so long. And what are you gonna do, take 30 seconds to hit the head when races are decided by milliseconds? Hell no. You’re gonna pee in your pants, which are specially equipped to absorb up to two quarts of urine.”
The “specially equipped pants” to which Ellison referred are actually standard issue fire retardant racing pants fitted with an extra-absorbent diaper – though no one affiliated with NASCAR would admit that four out of five drivers actually depend on DEPEND®.
“Hell, it’s a great idea, I wear em all the time,” said die-hard NASCAR fan and long-haul trucker Hal Buckley. “I’m on the road, slamming back cups of Joe trying to get from point A to point B fastest way possible. I don’t always have time to stop the rig, hop out and take a long, leisurely leak. If I gotta go, hell, I’m gonna go. If I need a change, I’ll just slide out of the thing, toss it out the window, slide into my backup and I’m good to go.”
While absorption products are available in a wide variety of styles and absorbency levels to meet every NASCAR driver’s personal preference and need, most prefer to use moderate to heavy male absorption pants, though some find it restrictive and prefer the Easyfit Belted Shields.