Social Roundup: NASCAR driver’s first tweets

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Do you remember your first tweet?

Has it been too long or would you rather forget your first awkward steps into the large, yet somehow too small, world of social media?

Thanks to Twitter, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, you can now step back to a simpler time, back before crew chiefs used it to vent at rival drivers.

Twitter has a site where you can see your first entry into the Twitterverse.

When it comes to NASCAR drivers, not every first tweet was as confident as later posts would be, with tweets promoting fan contests or pictures of yoga sessions. Many still were wrapping their heads around what to do with 140 characters.

But not every driver is Dale Earnhardt Jr.

After a long wait for the 13-time most popular driver, Earnhardt finally planted his flag on Twitter in memorable fashion after winning the Daytona 500 for a second time in 2014. NASCAR Twitter has’t been the same since.

The earliest tweet you probably remember by Brad Keselowski came from the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 27, 2012. It was during the red flag for Juan Pablo Montoya hitting a jet dryer during the Daytona 500.

But Keselowski’s first tweet, three years earlier on May 21, was significantly less interesting.

Six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson is currently the most popular NASCAR driver on Twitter with 1.9 million followers. His first tweet (and possibly second time at a first tweet) came on March 15, 2011.

Second among Twitter followers is Danica Patrick, who began sending out 140-character messages on May 17, 2009.

Kurt Busch made his Twitter debuted in 2011 as he was getting ready to make another debut a month later in the NHRA:

Here’s how other NASCAR drivers announced their presence on Twitter.

Kyle Busch

Matt Kenseth

Tony Stewart

Clint Bowyer

Kasey Kahne

Joey Logano

Denny Hamlin

Austin Dillon

John Hunter Nemechek

Ryan Blaney

Matt Crafton

And as a bonus, here are the first tweets of all of the NASCAR on NBC writers.