More than six years and 157,000 postings on Twitter later, the @nascarcasm account has become a satiric phenomenon. With a large following that includes NASCAR fans and famous drivers, @nascarcasm turned into the unlikeliest of full-time jobs for its creator.
“There’s not much preplanning and thought that goes into starting a Twitter account,” Dave Vrabel, an Indianapolis resident who goes by the byline @nascarcasm, said during the latest episode of the NASCAR on NBC podcast. “It’s just a dumb, little thing you do on some random day in June.
“It’s really hard to describe something that started on a lark. It’s a little surreal.”
Other topics discussed by @nascarcasm on the podcast:
–The story behind his relatively recent NASCAR fandom;
–On being employed by NASCAR Digital Media and having to walk a fine line editorially;
–His best and worst jokes;
–His interactions with drivers and how well he has gotten to know some of them.
–How he used his platform in a poignant way after the death of his mother.
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The playoffs will continue at Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 2) and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Oct. 9).
Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway:
START: The command to start engines will be given by “Top Gun: Maverick” actors Jay Ellis and Lewis Pullman at 3:38 p.m. (ET) … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:49 p.m.
PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries at 3:30 p.m. … The 1st Cavalry Division Band will perform the anthem at 3:31 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 334 laps (501 miles) on the 1.5-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 105. Stage 2 ends at Lap 210.
TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 2:30 p.m. on USA Network. The post-race show will air on USA Network. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and also will stream at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.