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Fiery Daytona 500 Crash Photos Light Up Twitter at Lightning Speed

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on February 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

brad keselowski twitterNASCAR fans were able to get a really up-close and personal look at yesterday's crash at the Daytona 500 after Brad Keselowski took matters to Twitter. Race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a safety vehicle mid-race, causing a huge fire. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured, and luckily (I guess) for fans, Keselowski had his phone with him.

He began snapping photos of the fire from his POV, and posted them to Twitter, along with messages like, "First tweet from a car on the track in Daytona 500 history?" Pretty cool -- and it boosted his count from 65,000 followers to 100,000 in a little over an hour. But, does anyone else think it's a little strange that Keselowski had his phone on him during the race?

It had to have been a conscious decision to bring it, right? I mean, he obviously changed before the race. Clearly, he wanted his phone on him while he was driving. I don't know, to me, that's a little odd. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he brought his phone -- it's pretty unbelievable what he did. But still, a tad weird. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though.

People tweet from all sorts of odd places lately. Some do it to break records, some do it to gain followers, some just do it to do it. In fact, just a few days ago, the world's first live-tweeted open heart surgery was completed. Bonkers, but, again ... pretty cool.

On one hand, it's kind of a strange thing, watching everybody's lives narrated step-by-step; but on the other, we really get to see some interesting stuff. Like open heart surgery and NASCAR explosions.

Do you think it was strange that Keselowski had his phone with him during the race? What's the weirdest thing you've ever tweeted?

Image via Brad Keselowski/Twitter

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  • PonyC...


    February 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Strange??? I think it was idiotic and arrogant; I hope NASCAR comes down on him like a ton of radiators. From coast to coast, legislation sits in various stages of debate on making texting illegal while driving, and this moron is texting from the track? I get that they were stopped/Red Flagged, but it's still ridiculous. Let your Pit Crew take care of that for you.

  • Pamal...


    February 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Okay first off, this is not uncommon during testing and the guys are actually having fire suits built with pockets to hold their smart phones because these phones do have apps that can collect data for them. So it's not odd.

    Second the guy wasn't freaking texting while driving. He was parked on the back stretch waiting and took pictures.

    People need to calm the hell down.

    Good Job to Dale Jr. for not wrecking the car and finishing a respectable 2nd! It's about damn time!

  • slw123


    March 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    All the drivers carry things with them.  After the crash, the drivers were all milling around talking and the announcer says "Hey, where'd the ball caps come from?"  They all have their ball caps in their car too.

    Besides he wasn't texting and driving, his car was stopped. 

  • aneela


    March 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    interesting...i's normal now...we live in an age where things like this...the tweeting or whatever are it in a car on fire or having a baby etc

  • daerc...


    March 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    anythings believable these days.  Glad noone was hurt!

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