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Castles, rodeos and more: How NASCAR drivers spent their off-weekend

See how some of NASCAR's biggest names spent their final off-weeend of the season before starting a stretch of 17 races to the end of the season.

There was no NASCAR Sprint Cup action this weekend, so what did some of NASCAR's biggest names do with their time?

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With no Sprint Cup Series action this weekend, some of the sport's biggest names took time to vacation with their families, others hit the links for the American Century Championship, and some spent their time behind the wheel either in the Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway or at some local dirt track. 

Kurt Busch and his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll spent some time touring some of the more historic parts of Germany and Austria. 

Jimmie Johnson also took his family overseas, heading to beautiful Italy. 

Jeff Gordon used the off-weekend to head to the tiny, exclusive Ibiza island in the Mediterranean Sea, where he was able to spend some quality time with German World Cup hero Mario Götze.

Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman spent their time out in the "county" of North Carolina, as they took Newman's kids to the local rodeo to celebrate Newman's daughter's second birthday. 

Fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. apparently just took it easy and spent some quality time with girlfriend Amy Reimann.