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NASCAR Will Not Penalize Brad Keselowski for Twitter Use During Red Flag: Fan Reaction
As a fan of NASACR and a big fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr., I have followed the career of Brad Keselowksi with great interest since he used to drive for Dale Jr. in the Nationwide Series. Since coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Keselowksi has been a true joy to watch. So during an extended red flag thrown by NASCAR in the Daytona 500 after Juan Pablo Montoya's car crashed into a jet dryer and created a huge jet fuel fire, it wasn't strange to see Keselowksi make the most of a bad situation the way he did.
But, what he did has apparently caused some concern. In fact, it was enough of a concern to have NASCAR come out with a statement saying Keselowksi wouldn't be penalized for his actions. So, what were his possibly unacceptable actions? He used Twitter and tweeted during the red flag.
Everyone Getting Into the Action
Sure enough within minutes of the red flag the Fox Broadcasting Company race announcers were displaying a picture that Brad Keselowksi had tweeted from the inside of his stopped race car showing what was going on. Keselowksi was able to do this as he conveniently had his iPhone with him inside the car.
Before long the drivers were all out of their cars and everyone was using Keselowksi's iPhone and getting into the action. This resulted in the Fox Broadcasting Company race announcers saying that Keselowksi had gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during the extended red flag.
Fun for the Fans
Honestly, I don't see what the big deal was. As a race fan, I was very entertained watching all the drivers have a little fun while a messy situation was being attended to. I even went to Twitter and followed Keselowksi so I could see what was being tweeted. So, for the fans I think it was a lot of fun to have the drivers unwind and I was wondering how many drivers were wishing they had their phones in their cars.
It almost seems like a joke that NASCAR would even review this. According to NASCAR , there was nothing that Keselowksi did during the red flag that violated their rules so there was no need to penalize him. Was there really any reason to even review it? It's not like he was tweeting while he was driving under green flag conditions at nearly 200 miles per hour. Actually, if he did do that, I bet he would have really gained some Twitter followers.
Most fans, including me, are all for the safety of the drivers. But when NASCAR looks into a situation of a driver who is not driving his car and is simply having fun on his iPhone, it just somehow seems a bit ridiculous. Keep on tweeting Brad, your fans are waiting and fortunately, NASCAR has given you the all clear.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of NASCAR since he was a child attending races watching Dale Earnhardt run the famous number 3. He still attends numerous races each season and enjoys writing about NASCAR, particularly in regards to Dale Earnhardt as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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