NASCAR won’t penalize Keselowski for using Twitter during Daytona 500

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Good news: In a decision that will make the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball choke, NASCAR has determined that Brad Keselowski not only didn't violate any rules of unauthorized communication for his Daytona 500 Twitterfest, but encouraged him. Perfect move, NASCAR.

"Nothing we've seen from Brad violates any current rules pertaining to the use of social media during races," NASCAR said in a 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."

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That is absolutely the right decision, and high praise to NASCAR for not clinging to some outmoded idea of technology. Keselowski has been winning accolades from all over the sports world for his move, and NASCAR would be foolish to restrict something that, in itself, has nothing but positive effects on the race and the sport's connection to fans.

On Tuesday morning, Keselowski noted on Twitter that he would keep bringing his phone to the track if NASCAR let him. Looks like it's a go.

[Photos: Fire on track halts Daytona 500]

For more about Keselowski, check out the rain-delay chat we did with him and many NASCAR fans on Sunday afternoon, and keep an eye out for his first exclusive journal for Yahoo! Sports later this week.

-For more, follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee and on Facebook here.-

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