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|Brad Keselowski was a presence at last year's NASCAR awards ceremony, and made his web presence felt on Monday.|
Take one exploding jet dryer truck, add a nationally televised race and a social-media savvy driver and what do you get? In the case of NASCAR's Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) it was about 135,000 new followers from once he began tweeting with fans during the two-hour red-flag delay during Monday night's Daytona 500 until he left the track. Page 2 caught up with Keselowski, who drives the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge and finished 32nd after a lap 187 wreck following the restart, via e-mail and asked him a few questions about his national tweet-up.
How important is social media for you and drivers in general these days?
"Social media is here to stay. We often joke that it's really going to take off one day. NASCAR has done a great job embracing social media. I'm hoping that we can get more of the drivers fully engaged because the few of us that are really active need some help in that area. Plus, we have some characters in the garage and that includes crew chiefs, too."
What prompted you to send that first photo -- the one of the fire -- and did you expect to get such a great response?
"I'm always looking for something to tweet. First, I want to make sure everyone knows that I didn't tweet while the car was turned on. I don't tweet and drive. The reason I had my phone on me was simple. I was involved in a fairly serious wreck at Auto Club Speedway in 2007 and I wasn't able to talk to my parents. Then, at Road Atlanta last year when I broke my ankle, I had my phone and was able to let them know I was okay. Since then I have carried my phone in the car with me. Once we got out of the car and saw that everyone was okay, I decided to send the first tweet. It kind of took off from there."