Six racing teams took part in a two-day Goodyear tire test at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet yesterday. Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick were available to media. In addition to Biffle and Harvick, the NASCAR teams included Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs, Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress, Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick, Jamie McMurray of Earnhardt Ganassi and Ryan Newman of Stewart Haas.
During the media session Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle had a lot to say about Twitter and social media.
Q: After the Talladega race (Brad) Keselowski made some comments on Twitter regarding the eventual winner and changing lanes. As a driver who also sometimes tweets, how much do you have to watch yourself with what you say?
Especially with something like what happened this week. Does it make you more aware?
Harvick: You definitely have to have an on/off switch for your Twitter. Once you write it, you can’t take it back. Usually when I’m frustrated I just leave my phone in my pocket. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written a tweet and I’ve learned to go back and read it and think about it before you send it out. You definitely have to responsible about that because that stuff can, especially in this situation, it kind of came back and bit Brad a little bit just for the fact it was pretty clear as to where you were supposed to line up from NASCAR radio and how it all went down. Whether he didn’t get all the information or not doesn’t matter, it’s just sometimes you’ve got to have all the facts.
Sun-Times media group reporter Tina Akouris had a lot of good tweets from the tire test yesterday and tipped me to the NASCAR social media As you can see from the avatar, she really knows her racing:
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Q: Your feelings about social media, sometimes emotions run wild during the race, after the race. How do you gauge it, what are your feelings on it?
Biffle: There is good and bad to all of it. Probably the one thing that it’s done is it’s exposed us to all facets of media. It’s exposed us to everything that we didn’t know about before. I don’t think anything has really changed, whatever it is, sports, crime, politics or anything else. I don’t think anything has really, really changed, it’s just that everybody knows everything about everything that is going on instantly. That’s the difference. That has its positives negatives and of course has its negatives. I tend to try and stay pretty neutral on the social media and stay a little bit quiet. Quite frankly I don’t want to argue with people and people have their opinions and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, it’s best for me a lot of the time to take the high road and not tweet anything rather than start shoveling stuff.
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