Did you know there's a baby boom going on right now amongst NASCAR drivers' wives?

"Don't drink the water" is one of the most common phrases being heard in the garage area these days.

Two babies have already been born this year and guess what, folks? There are four more on the way.

Personally, I think Amanda Mathis, who married Scott Speed last July, should drink the water.


Just think about how cool it would be if they had a son and named him Jett. What a great name for a future race car driver: Jett Speed.

Now on to the drivers and their wives who have had babies or are expecting.

On Feb. 15, Elliott Sadler's wife, Amanda, gave birth to their son, Wyatt.

Carl Edwards and his wife, Kate, welcomed their daughter, Anne, into the world on Feb. 24.

Are you wondering who else is expecting? Let me fill you in.

The reigning four-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra, are expecting their first child in July.

Jeff Gordon's wife, Ingrid, is due for their second child in August. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Ella Sofia.

Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife, Connie, are waiting on their third child to arrive some time in July. They have a 5-year-old son, Sebastian, and a 3-year-old daughter, Paulina.

And Nationwide driver Brendan Gaughan and his wife, Tatum, have a little one on the way too, but I don't know yet when she is due.

We all know NASCAR is a family sport, but there was a time when women and children were not allowed in the garage area or on pit road.

It wasn't until 1972 when Darrell Waltrip joined the NASCAR ranks and insisted his wife, Stevie, be let in the garage area and on pit road.

Darrell also rallied to allow children in those same areas when their daughter, Jessica, was born.

He obviously got his way because, when you look down pit road today to watch pre-race ceremonies, a lot of the drivers have their wives and children by their side, as it should be.

The rules have changed so much over time NASCAR now has a traveling day-care center for the drivers and pit-crew members children, so they have some place to go during the race.

NASCAR sure has come a long way trying to keep it a family-friendly sport.

So for now, I'll be on baby watch and will let everyone know when the four new bundles of joy arrive.

The Sprint Cup guys are in Talladega on Sunday.