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NASCAR not cool with tweeting from racecar

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:51 PM by
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NASCAR not cool with tweeting from racecar

Brad Keselowski was fined USD 25,000 by the NASCAR authorities for tweeting from his car at the Phoenix International Raceway, in a somewhat confusing turn of events. In February, Keselowski became a social media darling when he tweeted from his car during a delay in the Daytona 500 early this year. 

Juan Pablo Montoya had crashed into a jet dryer at the Daytona 500, causing a two-hour delay thanks to a fuel explosion. During that time Keselowski tweeted images, answered questions and gave updates on what was going on on the track. This Sunday, the race was rained out, so he took to tweeting again - but got fined. Apparently the powers that be at NASCAR have since banned electronic items - including phones - from being allowed into the car since his last on-track tweets. 

While we agree that banning phone usage for everyday drivers on the street makes sense, banning a race car driver from tweeting doesn't really sound right to us; it isn't like he's going to whip his phone out and take a photo of the person he's overtaking ("I'm taking the lead! #WIN") and upload it to twitter while exchanging paint at 200mph. However, the rules are the rules, so there's no arguing the fine for Keselowski. 

 

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