Twitter crew: favorite NASCAR follows
January 17, 2014, Brad Norman, NASCAR.com
These social media personalities engage, enlighten and entertain us
Brad Keselowski (@keselowski)
Perhaps the NASCAR godfather of social media, Keselowski's Twitter game has evolved since his on-track tweet during a red flag in the 2012 Daytona 500. He offers commentary on a variety of social issues, and isn't afraid to tackle big picture -- and controversial -- racing questions from his followers.
Games that aren't over till the end, where the talented players and strategy callers decide a winner. That's what makes a great sport IMO
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) December 30, 2013
Fire! My view pic.twitter.com/RWn3xMn6— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 28, 2012
Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch)
Just like in real life, we enjoy the two sides of Busch on social media. He often does Q-and-A sessions while on long car trips (wife Samantha tweets the responses for him) and retweets fans who send him pictures in their KB gear. He's equally as fun when he's salty, too.
Mike Hoag (@mikehoag88)
Hoag might not be as well-known as others on this list, but as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s road manager, no one has more access to NASCAR's most popular driver. That access comes through with tons of behind-the-scene images and video, and Hoag is also insightful when he's not tweeting about Junior.
Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve)
Want an inside look into NASCAR? Want to ask questions to one of the sport's leaders? NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell is one to follow. O'Donnell consistently interacts with fans and posts thoughts from the track. His tweets from the World Innovation Convention from France were insightful.
Thank u to every #NASCAR fan out there-some like us-some don't-some want change-some don't-all of you matter! U are the best fans in sports!— Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) November 18, 2013
Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr. (@RyanBlaney22, @BubbaWallace)
A Twitter list simply has to include Blaney and Bubba together. Like a Las Vegas comedy act, these two Camping World Truck Series drivers play off each other perfectly and deliver plenty of zingers to their fellow drivers -- and each other.
Anybody in birkdale that finds an Xbox controller...it belongs to @RyanBlaney22... He Lost in madden & it was only the 1st qtr😂😂😂— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) December 11, 2013
"Giraffes are like horses...with big necks" -@RyanBlaney22— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) December 28, 2013
Haven't tweeted to much lately, mostly because I have nothing interesting to say. Like this tweet..... #loselosesituation— Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22) December 13, 2013
Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson)
Whether he's responding to his haters, handing out free swag or mockingly using the #BlameJJ hashtag for common slip-ups, Johnson is almost as good on Twitter as he is behind the wheel. And in what other sport will a six-time champ follow a new fan every week?
Dear Liver: It's been a long road since Homestead but we can make it. We only have a few days left of vacation, hang in there little buddy!— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) January 2, 2014
Kevin and DeLana Harvick (@Kevin Harvick, @DeLanaHarvick)
It's tough to separate this husband-and-wife tandem, so we won't. Kevin Harvick, while often sarcastic, is generously sending one of his Twitter followers to the Daytona 500 on his dime. DeLana Harvick holds a lengthy race-day chat every week and extensively quoted National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" movie when the Harvick family moved into its motorhome following a house fire. Unfortunately, none of those gems are fit to print here.
Hey @LouiseGroomer why don't you come to the Daytona 500 as my guest? Everything's on me! Flight, room, tickets you name it!— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) December 4, 2013
Honest to God, I just walked into my house and thought a bomb had gone off... Clearly @KevinHarvick & Keelan cannot be trusted!— DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) November 23, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng)
With some of the sport's biggest personalities assembling at SHR, the official team account -- which offers unique off-track images and news on its drivers -- is a must-follow. This account spearheaded a massive social charge when Tony Stewart was injured (#SmokeWillRise, everyone), and we also enjoy when the circuit goes to New Hampshire, leading to tweets with a faux New England accent.
A bannah on tha backstretch was comin' apaht. That's tha reason fah tha caution.— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) September 22, 2013
Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin)
Hamlin ignited his 2013 feud with Joey Logano with a few choice barbs on Twitter. We also enjoy his views on music, and won't hold against the driver his tweets on the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Our only wish is that he'd tweet more often.
. @keselowski sorry I couldn't get close to you cuz your genius teammate was too busy messing up the inside line 1 move at a time— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 24, 2013
Jay-z is my Justin Beiber— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) January 4, 2014
Boris for JGR (@JoeGibbsRacing)
The official Joe Gibbs Racing account is perhaps the best follow on race day. Boris' updates on JGR drivers are frequent, and his knowledge of on-track strategies and trends is nearly unparalleled.
Busch holding his own on only 2 fresh tires. P3. Might be a good sign that taking 2 could work later.— Boris for JGR (@JoeGibbsRacing) November 17, 2013
Why not 2 tires on the 20 stop? 1) Tire issues today 2) Would've come out 5th-ish 3) Full fuel and 2 new tires = weird handling #NASCAR— Boris for JGR (@JoeGibbsRacing) November 3, 2013
Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer)
Twitter is a perfect avenue for Bowyer's frenetic mind. His one-on-one dialogue with fans during the rare "Late Night Q&A with Clint Bowyer" sessions -- perhaps after the driver has tipped back a few beverages -- is an absolute treat. It was so raunchy earlier this year that all evidence has since been deleted.
Cool to see @RustyWallace back in a car. Sure hope they custom made his visor with Bifocals! 😁— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) January 10, 2014
Very difficult to get that comfortable while stretching certain regions without breaking a little wind. #Yoga— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) September 28, 2013
Surely anyone with morals is fast asleep.... Couldn't think of a better time for a little Q&A....Fire away!!!!— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) March 20, 2013