NASCAR fans: want all the latest about NASCAR and all your favorite drivers? Twitter has become the place to go. That’s right, even the old strokers like Mark Martin are getting into social media, sharing just about anything you would want to know, and quite honestly, a few things you’d rather not know.
For example, predictably, Michigan native and 2012 champ Brad Keselowski is a Detroit Tigers fan. One of NASCAR’s most avid users of twitter is also a bachelor, and though he is licking his wounds over their playoff loss to the Boston Red Sox, he is managing to find a silver lining…
Brad Keselowski @keselowski
“Trying to be gracious in my Detroit tigers defeat only because Boston’s female sports fans tend to be really hot.”
We also learn that like just about everyone else in the American sporting universe, championship contender Kevin Harvick also scrambles to fill out his fantasy football roster and faces some of the same difficults choices you and I do……
Kevin Harvick @KevinHarvick
“@jasonbcannon: @KevinHarvick you started Peyton Hillis? #desperate” all my RB’s are hurt…
Meanwhile, the boys from Joe Gibbs Racing are getting geeked up for the start of the NBA season, according driver and basketball wannabe Denny Hamlin….
Denny Hamlin @dennyhamlin
“Glad the Jgr 11-18-20 guys get to come down and enjoy the Heat vs Bulls tonight in MIami!!”
Say what you will about Michael Waltrip, the owner/broadcaster/parttime driver is always good for laugh. Check out this exchange concerning Mikey’s golf game (WARNING: male fans may find this painful)….
Michael Waltrip @mw55
“Ouch!……..” @ShaneGolobic: @mw55 “I’ve golfed a few times. The best two balls I ever hit were when I stepped on the bunker rake..”
As they say in Minnesota “Uff da.”
It’s not all fun and games though. Apparently Greg Biffle has been getting an earful after he grabbed Jimmie Johnson during post-race interviews on Sunday….
Greg Biffle ✔ @gbiffle
“I Apologize for the way I acted towards @JimmieJohnson after the race,hard racing and I know the bumper had damage already but not dragging.”
Biffle says Johnson fans were blowing up his twitter feed with hate mail, and says the tweet was for their benefit. The veteran driver used o”old fashioned” technology (a phone) to call Johnson and apologize.
Speaking of media, Twitter is also where you can get the word out quickly. On Tuesday, we learned that Twisted Tea will be a sponsor in 2014 for the ’9′ car driven by Marcos Ambrose and owned by Richard Petty Motorsports. This prompted a question to Bob Pockrass about a perceived “no alcohol” policy when is came to RPM sponsors…
Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass
“Team said the 43 is sacred as far as no-alcohol but 9 is not RT @toemayo: Thought this was not allowed on Petty car … I’m sure you on it”
…and then there are those tweets that are just, uh, disturbing. From the “TMI” Department, Kurt Busch was feeling rather manly recently…
Kurt Busch @KurtBusch
“Golf✅ afternooner✅chainsaw✅…I’m writing this date down. I’ve got my man card back.”
Ugh. That will be a mental image that will haunt for some time.
That’s just a sampling. You won’t find the likes of Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Carl Edwards on Twitter, but Harvick, Keselowski, Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth (who’s actually quite funny and interactive) are just a few of the “must follows” from the world of NASCAR.
Now, More than ever, there’s a world of information at your fingertips, and it’s actually pretty amazing how much these drivers will share with their fans.