Thursday, December 14, 2017
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NASCAR doesn't have a problem with Brad Keselowski's Daytona 500 Twitter activity

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski can keep his cellphone in his car during events, and all drivers are encouraged to use social media, NASCAR said Tuesday.

Keselowski drew worldwide attention for posting on Twitter during a two-hour delay in Monday night's Daytona 500. He tweeted pictures, answered questions and kept fans informed of what was happening after Juan Pablo Montoya's crash with a safety vehicle.

The Twitter activity gained Keselowski roughly 140,000 followers during the race. But there was concern having a phone violated NASCAR rules. Teams are prohibited from having recording devices in the car that are not for competition purposes, and two-way communication devices are supposed to be analog only.

Keselowski did not violate any rules and can keep his phone, NASCAR said.

safety worker grateful: The driver of the safety truck that ended up in flames is thanking fans for their concern.

Duane Barnes was driving the jet dryer that was hit under caution when something broke on Montoya's car and sent it careening into the truck. The collision caused a raging inferno that scorched the track.

Barnes was evaluated at a Daytona hospital and released.

"I appreciate everyone for taking the time to write, call and ask how I am," Barnes said in a statement. "I am OK, and I am amazed at how many people have wished me well. I am also glad Juan Pablo Montoya is OK, and thank him for his concern."

Barnes is a 24-year employee of Michigan International Speedway and frequently assists at tracks owned by International Speedway Corp.

night thoughts: NASCAR president Mike Helton was unsure if the sport will consider weeknight racing going forward. "The primary interest is weekends, because that's what we do. But (the 500) unfortunately gave us a sample to look at, I guess, for down the road."

Roush gets No. 300: Matt Kenseth's win made Roush Fenway Racing the first team to get 300 wins in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and trucks combined. "This is a special night," Jack Roush said. "It feels great.

milestone: Kenseth is the ninth driver to win multiple Daytona 500s and the fourth active driver to do so. The other three active drivers are Jeff Gordon (3), Michael Waltrip (2) and Bill Elliott (2).

Times staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.

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