Bobby Labonte is going to college. Greg Biffle is headed for the beach. Kasey Kahne will play in the dirt. Matt Kenseth is staying home.

A rare off weekend — one of only two between now and Thanksgiving — silences NASCAR engines for a few days and gives drivers a chance to play, sleep or do whatever they want.

A few took advantage of the time off to attend the NCAA men’s basketball championship game Monday night in New Orleans between Kentucky and Kansas. Kansan Clint Bowyer was there, and so was Kentucky native Michael Waltrip, along with Kurt Busch.