Realtime in the fastlane, NASCAR embracing Twitter

This past Saturday the NASCAR 2010 season kicked off with the Bud Shootout and I made a startling discovery.

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I’m watching the post-race show NASCAR Victory Lane and during the interview with winning driver Kevin Harvick I heard Kenny Wallace say something that nearly knocked me out of my chair.

Paraphrase:

Your wife sent out a tweet from the pit box during that last pit stop blah blah blah.

I honestly can’t recall the last part of the question because I was suffering from shock.

Kevin Harvick’s wife DeLana is on twitter?

She’s tweeting from the pit box?

Why wasn’t I aware of this?

Here I am a twitter junky and NASCAR fan and I just got invited to the ultimate behind the scenes pit pass for every race!

I rush to Google to find her twitter account @DeLanaHarvick and then discover, even Kevin Harvick is on twitter. I don’t mean some PR person or fan site – Kevin Harvick. So now one of my favorite drivers and his awesome wife are both on twitter. Realizing that wild man Kenny Wallace must also have an account I soon discovered @Kenny_Wallace.

I was in a fever. I had to find the other drivers and NASCAR insiders using Twitter. After browsing some lists I found that several drivers and reporters are active using Twitter. This opens up a whole new way for me to enjoy NASCAR this year. Even USAToday picked up on the trend, “A tweet at the wheel”.

So for all our inside baseball discussions about twitter policies and the latest apps I felt like a kid discovering a new toy.

If you are into NASCAR then check out my @tsudo/NASCAR twitter list to follow folks like Jamie McMurray, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch and and a few others. I tried to only include the drivers that were using twitter personally, 3 wives, and a handful of A-list reporters. It’s a 5 star list.

Note: Greg Biffle and Montoya are both on Twitter and are intentionally excluded from the list. I’d hate to see them wreck the whole stream. It’s my list. Deal.

Now if we can only my man Tony Stewart to use Twitter I’ll be set.

-This brings up an interesting point.

Does social media help make sporting events DVR proof? I know if I’m delayed watching a game or race I’ve got to go on SM blackout status to avoid spoilers.

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