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Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:36 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 2:06 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

Brad Keselowski
has embraced social media in a huge way. And his celebrated tweeting during Monday night's rain-delayed Daytona 500 won't land him in any hot water with NASCAR.

Keselowski took the unprecedented step of live tweeting from his car during the race providing his legion of followers, which reportedly grew by 65,000 during the race, with updates as things unfolded.

He tweeted up a storm during the nearly two hour red flag for Juan Pablo Montoya's fiery crash with a jet dryer on track before finally signing off when NASCAR had things ready to roll.

"Time to get back racing, thank you for following!," Keselowski wrote when the green was near.

There was speculation Keselowski may have unwittingly violated a NASCAR rule by bringing a recording device inside the cockpit of his car, something that is forbidden by the sanctioning body.

Some competitors pointed out that although Keselowski's interaction with fans brought a unique aspect to the night's proceedings, it wasn't exactly by the books.

"Yeah, I heard he was in trouble for having a recording device in his car," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "But I think that's how Brad is, man. That's what he makes and what he enjoys.  I thought it was pretty funny."

However on Monday the sanctioning body issued a statement saying Keselowski did nothing to warrant any discipline.

"Nothing we've seen from Brad violates any current rules pertaining to the use of social media during races," read the NASCAR statement. "As such, he won't be penalized. We encourage our drivers to use social media to express themselves as long as they do so without risking their safety or that of others."

So the good news is perhaps this won't be the last time Keselowski or any driver brings along their cellphone for the ride.

Here's a snapshot of Keselowski's timeline during Monday night's red-flag delay:



 
Daytona Speedweeks


Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:57 am
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

I challenge anyone who claims all these guys do is turn left to go out and get in a racecar and turn left at 195mph for 4 hours and then come tell me how easy it was. You don't know anything until you've done it. People crack me up with their armchair philosiphies about sports......not just racing but any sport. It's the same thought process as sitting on your couch yelling at a baseball player when he whiffs on a fastball at 97mph down the middle......go try it.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:26 am
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

The nabobs of NASCAR actually got this one right.  As long as he isn't tweeting while actually racing, what's the difference?  Anything that helps a sport that is on the verge of major financial "troubles" provide entertainment and appreciation to its fans is a major plus.  BK can be a DB sometimes, but this time he should be applauded for his creativity, ability to "think out of the box," and for making his fans almost feel like part of the race.  

As for banning recording devices: why?  TV people are allowed to use in-car cameras and record radio transmissions.  Why shouldn't racers and their teams be allowed the same courtesy? 



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:55 pm
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski



Your beloved Formula 1 is boring, from someone who has seen several races at Hockenheim Ring, I can vouch for its lameness.  Cars that are controled more by computers than the drivers who man the wheel....yeah that is real racing right there!



Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:14 am
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

It's not like he was texting and driving out there on the track. He was just having fun during the red flag. I remember back in the day when David Pearson & Dick Trickle use to keep a pack of cigarettes and a lighter in their cars so they could smoke under a caution.....Now that's old school there......



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

I'm not saying it's not a great "event" and chance to party, eat, drink, whatever... I'm also not disputing it's popularity, I realize NASCAR and the NFL are king right now... what I am criticizing is the caliber of racing, which is like single-A ball compared to Formula 1 cars, courses... I'm not even mocking the drivers, who I don't think are necessarilly better/worse than Formula 1 or Indy, just that the style of racing is so simplistic... maybe that's the attraction, it just doesn't work for me. mrwasatch

Thanks for offering your opinion, genius. And you have no basis to mock the drivers so why even mention it? Look at your F1 "Champion" Juan Pablo Montoya and how he has performed against the best drivers in the world - HE HASN'T. The better analogy between the two racing divisions is better stated that F1 is more like a video game than an actual sport these days. You could put a monkey in those cars and the monkey would have as great a chance to win as the human drivers. It used to be the best racing in the world and drivers like Michael Schumacher (in the Benetton Ford and early days of Ferrari)) and Senna ruled it with superior driving talent. The cars are amazing feats of technology these days but the drivers in F1 now are the true single-A ball talent. Lack of intelligence and insight doesn't work for me pal. Everyone has a chance to voice their opinion. It doesn't mean they should.




Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:47 pm
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

<span style="color: #000000;">I'm not saying it's not a great "event" and chance to party, eat, drink, whatever... I'm also not disputing it's popularity, I realize NASCAR and the NFL are king right now... what I am criticizing is the caliber of racing, which is like single-A ball compared to Formula 1 cars, courses... I'm not even mocking the drivers, who I don't think are necessarilly better/worse than Formula 1 or Indy, just that the style of racing is so simplistic... maybe that's the attraction, it just doesn't work for me.



Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:39 pm
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

Why would anyone go to a formula 1 race  and set in a spot and hope to see your driver on a road course come around and pray that you dont blink and miss him for another lap. Where else can you go to on sunday after church kick up your heels eat some fried chicken wash it down with sweet tea ( or your other cold bevarge of choice) and live like and look like the other 150 thousand in attendace NASCAR not formula 1 and last time i checked everybody spoke "Redneck" the language of Nascar not French, Spanish, Sweedish or German. Dont be a hatter of Nascar until you have had the pleasure of good "Southern Hospitality" our way.Cool



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

Yeah, Formula 1, the one that turns BOTH DIRECTIONS!  NASCAR is a joke... can't believe I wasted 30 minutes of my life trying to watch that crap last night.



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

He probably could tweet and drive since all you have to do is step on gas and turn left for 500 miles.



Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Tweeting in race won't cost Brad Keselowski

Formula 1 come on buddy open your fricken eyes. I think you must of been born in the dark to think formula1 is better than NASCAR. Those road tracks that formula 1 races on you would be lucky to see a car hit 200 miles a hour. AND IF FORMULA 1 IS SO GOOD WHY ARE THERE DRIVERS COMING TO NASCAR WAKE UP!!!!!!!!


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