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2017 NASCAR Twitter Guide
- Updated: March 2, 2017
By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor
With the completion of the Daytona 500, the 2017 season is officially upon us. And with NASCAR’s return comes a host of news and information.
Keeping up with the daily grind of NASCAR can be a rare challenge. There are drivers, teams, tracks, media and much more that are all capable of dropping the day’s biggest news at a moment’s notice.
Thankfully, Kickin’ the Tires has you covered.
If you hope to follow this season’s festivities, there are a litany of accounts you should monitor on Twitter. However, there are a select few that rise above the rest.
We’ve elected to highlight many of them for you, to provide a good foundation for those looking to follow the sport on the instant news platform.
Without further adieu, and in no particular order save for groups, here are 100 NASCAR accounts to follow through the coming year.
1) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (@DaleJr) – NASCAR’s most popular driver is also one of its best follows.
2) Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) – Worth a follow as he roasts trolls and praises his family on the hunt for championship eight.
3) Landon Cassill (@LandonCassill) – One of NASCAR’s most underrated personalities, with a great presence on social media.
4) Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) – The 2012 champ earned Twitter fame when he shared a picture during that year’s Daytona 500, and he’s been one of the social medium’s best users since.
5) Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) – One of the brightest stars in NASCAR’s youth movement.
6) Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) – The 2015 Cup series champ, Rowdy’s an entertaining follow whether you’re a fan or foe.
7) Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) – He’s won nearly everything the sport has to offer, and he’s been very entertaining along the way.
8) Joey Logano (@joeylogano) – The 2015 Daytona 500 champion is set to contend for many years to come.
9) Denny Hamlin (@DennyHamlin) – Insert Logano’s description, but change 2015 to ’16.
10) Darrell Wallace, Jr. (@BubbaWallace) – One of the Drive for Diversity’s brightest stars, ‘Bubba’ Wallace is a fun follow whether he’s at the track or behind a drum set.
11) Tommy Joe Martins (@TommyJoeMartins) – A Truck Series regular relentlessly pursuing his passions despite funding woes. Martins is a worthwhile follow for his perspective and detailed blog posts.
12) Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) – Whether he’s running against the wall in NASCAR or up on the cushion at a local dirt track, Larson is a star worth following.
13) Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) – After a couple difficult years, Bowyer is set to return to stardom with Stewart-Haas Racing. Whether he does or not, the veteran’s sarcasm and wit should make him a fun follow along the way.
14) Daniel Suarez (@Daniel_SuarezG) – A native of Monterrey, Mexico, and the defending XFINITY Series champion, Suarez is one of many great young storylines worth chasing in the coming years.
15) Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) – The son of ‘Awesome Bill from Dawsonville’, Elliott seems poised for success in the No. 24 Chevrolet.
16) Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) – The last few years haven’t been kind to him, but Kahne still sits among the sport’s biggest stars.
17) Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) – NASCAR’s fastest female, Patrick is an entertaining follow whether she’s racing, working on one of her many launching brands or supporting boyfriend and fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., at a dirt track.
18) Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) – After years spent dwelling in controversy, the elder Busch brothers appears to have calmed down over recent years. His perspective and stature make the Daytona 500 champion a worthwhile follow.
19) Christopher Bell (@CBellRacing) – He just claimed a Golden Driller as a winner of the Chili Bowl Nationals in January. Now Bell eyes a Camping World Truck Series title.
20) Spencer Gallagher (@23SpeedRacer) – No, he hasn’t won a race. And no, he isn’t a championship favorite. But Spencer Gallagher is one of the sport’s most engaging personalities, unabashedly himself and therefore worthy of your time in a NASCAR that’s too often riddled with PR non-speak.
21) Erik Jones (@erik_jones) – Erik Jones caught Kyle Busch’s eye when he beat him in the Snowball Derby less than five years ago, and in the time since the Michigander has gone on to become one of NASCAR’s brightest young stars.
22) Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) – Last season he hunted championships in both the K&N Pro Series East and West last season. Now Gragson has his eyes on a Truck series title.
23) Ryan Reed (@DriverRyanReed) – Fresh off of his second Daytona win, Reed is a worthwhile follow for his unique, personal tweets and his status as a potential upset pick over the coming year.
24) Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) – A perennial contender in the XFINITY Series, Sadler can make you cheer in the stands and laugh on the internet.
25) William Byron (@WilliamByron) – With a Hendrick Motorsports deal, seven victories in his lone Truck series season and a K&N Pro Series title, Byron is quickly building an impressive resume.
26) Matt Tifft (@matt_tifft) – One of the best stories in the garage, Tifft is hunting the NASCAR dream less than a year after being sidelined by a brain tumor.
27) Justin Marks (@JustinMarksDG) – He made a name for himself last year with a rainy Mid-Ohio win, but Marks has long been deserving of a follow for his genuine, thought out tweets on his perspective of the business of racing.
28) Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) – ‘The Showman’ may not have a full-time ride right now, but his recent displays of talent give hope for Bowman to shine, and his fun Twitter persona gives cause for a follow.
29) Tony Gibson (@tonyoldman41) – Very entertaining, and among the sport’s best crew chiefs, Kurt Busch’s signal caller is fun to observe whether he’s discussing calls or going fishing. Plus, did you see that Daytona celebration?
30) Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) – It’s hard to believe anyone on the No. 4 team could be as fiery as driver Kevin Harvick, but Childers may well be. The 2014 champ is unafraid to speak his mind, and often entertaining.
31) Cole Pearn (@colepearn) – Martin Truex, Jr., isn’t quite as feisty as Harvick, but his crew chief matches Childers in wit and fearlessness.
32) Chris Rice (@C_Rice1) – The mastermind behind Kaulig Racing’s surprise 2016 season, Rice is one of NASCAR’s under appreciated gems.
Listed below are some of the biggest teams in the paddock, with playoff berths and victories on their resumes.
33) Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick)
34) Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing)
35) Team Penske (@Team_Penske)
36) Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng)
37) Furniture Row Racing (@FRRacingTeam)
38) Roush Fenway Racing (@RoushFenway)
39) Richard Childress Racing (@RCRRacing)
40) Brad Keselowski Racing (@TeamBKR)
41) Kyle Busch Motorsports (@KBMTeam)
42) JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports)
43) Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM)
44) ThorSport Racing (@ThorSportRacing)
45) Red Horse Racing (@RedHorseRacing)
There aren’t enough spaces to list every track, but those listed below hold the year’s grandest races.
46) Daytona International Speedway (@DISUpdates) – If you’re reading this, you likely still haven’t gotten over the hype from the Daytona 500.
47) Talladega Superspeedway (@TalladegaSuperS) – Home of some of the wildest racing on the circuit, with an infield to match.
48) Charlotte Motor Speedway (@CLTMotorSpdwy) – The home track for most NASCAR teams, and the host of the sport’s longest race – the Coca-Cola 600.
49) Homestead-Miami Speedway (@HomesteadMiami) – The proud host of the season’s final weekend.
50) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) – Love it or hate it, IMS is a crown jewel of motorsports.
51) Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) – The proud hosts of one of the year’s best weekends and races – the Southern 500.
52) Bristol Motor Speedway (@BMSUpdates) – When they aren’t hosting record-breaking college football games, BMS holds two of the year’s best races, including the famous Bristol Night Race.
53) Adam Stern (@A_S12) – The sport’s best business guru, Stern covers racing for SportsBusiness Journal.
54) Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) – If you ever want to know anything (literally, anything) about NASCAR, ESPN’s Pockrass probably has your answer.
55) Chris Knight (@Knighter01) – Catchfence’s Knight is one of the best follows for updates from the track, and the veteran of the media center also often breaks news about some of the smaller teams on the circuit.
56) Lee Spencer (@CandiceSpencer) – If you’ve read any major, groundbreaking news leaks in the last decade, there’s a good chance Spencer’s the one who broke it – likely on Motorsport.
57) Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) –When he isn’t covering college football or softball, ESPN’s McGee lends his witty style and smart perspective to auto racing.
58) Jim Utter (@jim_utter) – Another of Motorsport’s scribes, Utter travels to the majority of the year’s races and provides solid updates, along with breaking news.
59) Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) – A graduate of short-track racing, Weaver approaches NASCAR with a different mindset and approach than most. Some love it, others hate it, but regardless the unique twist makes him a writer worth following.
60) Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) – A consistent presence in the media center for years, Gluck became a unique story over the offseason when he branched out into his own self-funded site. A good follow for fans looking at a unique take and the location of the latest tweetup.
61) Jerry Jordan (@JerryJordan_KTT) – The owner of Kickin’ the Tires and a member of PRN, Jordan has carved his own niche in the NASCAR stratosphere with researched, in-depth reporting on unique, exclusive stories.
62) Tom Jenson (@tomjenson100) – He’s most recently known for breaking the news of Carl Edwards’ retirement, but Jenson has long been a stalwart within the industry, and his latest foray with FOX Sports deserves attention as much as any others.
63) Nate Ryan (@nateryan) – When he isn’t hosting the new NASCAR on NBC podcast or making TV appearances, Ryan can be found searching for stories in the paddock and articulating his view of racing with a vocabulary unlike any other.
64) Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) – After years of working her way through the ranks, Crandall hit it big in 2016, winning the National Motorsports Press Association’s writer of the year award and earning a new opportunity with RACER Magazine. Crandall will be on the beat throughout the coming season, giving fans insight into the pulse of the sport.
65) Kenny Bruce (@kennybruce) – NASCAR.com’s own, Kenny Bruce does yeoman’s work to give fans a peak into the inner workings of the series.
66) Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna) – Great Twitter handle aside, Cavanna has become one of the go-to sources for television coverage with his reports both from the track and team shops.
67) Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) – One of the Yahoo Sports gang, Busbee handles much more than just NASCAR, but each story he posts on the sport comes with some of the best writing chops in the paddock. Plus, who doesn’t want to read a story about Talladega Speedway’s Tallamento Dogwich?
68) Dustin Long (@dustinlong) – One of NBC’s lead writers, Long has a lengthy history within the sport, and provides brilliant perspective to go along with his great updates from the track.
69) Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) – The Associated Press is typically a must-follow within any circles, and their NASCAR branch is no different. Fryer covers the sport for the AP, mixing in breaking news with accurately reported recaps and news.
70) Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) – After earning his chops in motorsports, Smith’s gone on to work in a plethora of different circles over recent years for ESPN. However, when Smith does lend his talents to the paddock, his work demands attention.
71) Dave Moody (@DGodfatherMoody) – The host of SiriusXM Speedway, Moody entertains fans daily over satellite radio and handles announcing duties whenever the Motor Racing Network covers an event. However, it’s Moody’s unabashed perspective that makes him a necessity to follow online for fans of the sport.
72) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series/Overall (@NASCAR) – The most obvious choice in the group. NASCAR’s official account.
73) XFINITY Series (@NASCAR_XFINITY) – The official account of the series where names are made.
74) Camping World Truck Series (@NASCAR_Trucks) – Home of the smallest of the three NASCAR National Series.
75) NASCAR Home Tracks (@NASCARHomeTrack) – A must-follow for fans of NASCAR’s smaller tours.
76) SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (@SiriusXMNASCAR) – Home to radio coverage from both the Motor Racing Network and Performance Racing Network.
77) FOX (@NASCARONFOX) – FOX airs the first half of the Cup Series season…
78) NBC (@NASCARonNBC) – …And NBC airs the second.
79) Motorsport (@Motorsport) – There are many great racing websites, but Motorsport’s arguably the top dog as things stand, with weekly breaking news stories from a host of well-sourced members of the media.
80) Delana Harvick (@DelanaHarvick) – A constant fixture in the paddock since Kevin Harvick made his move to Cup in 2001, Delana Harvick provides unique insight into Kevin’s life, as well as detailed (often funny) updates of Kevin’s races and son Keelan’s adventures.
81) Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) – When she isn’t working on her new clothing brand, Shop Murph, Samantha Busch is supporting and providing updates on the life of husband Kyle and son Brexton.
82) Amy Earnhardt (@AmyEarnhardt) – After years of dating, Amy finally tied the knot with NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver last Dec., but Dale’s lovely better half has been worth a follow since long before that.
83) Jordan Fish (@missjfish) – Soon to be a mother of two, Fish is the go-to follow for insight into the life of Denny Hamlin, the 2016 Daytona 500 champion.
84) Ashley Busch (@MrsAshleyBusch) – One of NASCAR’s newest spouses, Ashley married Kurt Busch over the offseason. She keeps a lower profile than some of the others within the paddock, but she’s been a large part of Busch’s growth over recent years.
85) Katelyn Sweet (@katelyn_sweet) – Between NASCAR races and dirt-track showdowns, Larson is among the most difficult drivers to track. The Chip Ganassi Racing star’s long-time lover Sweet helps fans keep up with his busy schedule, while also proving worthy of a follow in her own right.
86) Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) – One of racing’s most notable drivers and supporters, Wallace has talked (fairly nonstop) about racing without filter or worry for decades.
87) Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) – When he isn’t announcing races for FOX Sports, Waltrip provides his unique spin on the sport on Twitter.
88) Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) – Sure, he came back for a few starts to replace Earnhardt last year, but it seems now that Gordon’s finally retired from the Cup series. Now the four-time champion handles announcing duties for FOX Sports, while also providing his take on the sport via Twitter and other outlets.
89) Mark Martin (@MarkMartin) – A recent NASCAR hall of famer, Martin shares his takes on racing when he isn’t busy working out or giving shoutouts to Gucci Mane.
90) Rick Mast (@rickmast22) – He didn’t get the most wins or claim a championship throughout his career, but Rick Mast is one of the rare examples on Twitter of an old-school racer commenting on the current state of the sport. A must follow.
91) Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) – The recently retired ‘Smoke’ doesn’t tweet often. But when he does, the resulting tweets are classic.
92) @NASCARcasm – You know you’re good at being funny when NASCAR puts you on the payroll.
93) @TheOrangeCone – Everyone’s favorite commitment cone. Just don’t ask him about politics.
94) @AnnoyingRaceFan – FOR THE NASCAR FAN THAT LIKE TALKING IN ALL CAPS.
95) @NASFACTS – Utter hilarity ensues as this account tweets out random NASCAR “facts”.
96) @Talon64 – For the statisticians of the world, this accounts solely tweets out interesting stats surrounding each race.
97) @SteveLuvender – Former known by the handle @bite, Luvender has made a name for himself in social media circles with his unique sense of humor and hilarious bots. Luvender’s style caught the eye of NASCAR, enticing them to hire the funnyman to make pieces for the coming season.
98) @Basso488 – For the historians out there, Basso tweets nothing but pictures and memories. From remembering classic races to honoring fallen drivers, Basso is the go-to account for motorsport memories.
99) @_Carlton – A fan turned social media celebrity, Carlton provides a unique look at the sport from a fan’s eyes as he travels to multiple races and tours race team shops throughout the year.
100) @MonsterEnergy – No one’s quite sure what they have planned just yet, but Monster Energy will be the latest company to serve as Cup’s official sponsor this season. Uncertainty abounds, but Monster’s still a must-follow for fans hoping to support the latest series sponsor.
Bonus: Follow Us!
Save for our boss, we at Kickin’ the Tires steered clear of including ourselves in our recommendations. However, for those interested we’ll be providing great content throughout the coming year. We can be followed at the following accounts:
Kickin’ the Tires: @kicknthetires
Aaron Bearden: @AaronBearden93
Kristen Schneider: @KristenS_Writes
Summer Bedgood: @SummerBedgood
Yvonne Jones: @YJones_NASCAR