Danica Patrick's Twitter account got the inside track and raced past the pack, reaching the 1 million follower mark this week well ahead of other NASCAR drivers, according to a FOX News report. Of course that didn't prevent an early exit from the Daytona 500. On Friday, Danica tweeted:
Wow....Thank you fans for caring and being curious enough about me to help reach 1 million followers!!!!Patrick was one of many drivers taken out of the action early in a Daytona 500 that was marked with rain delays, a tornado warning and an abundance of wreckage. Patrick got caught int he middle of a 12 car wreck as the pack emerged from Turn 4 of Lap 146. The pile-up started when Brian Scott nudged Aric Almirola into the wall, ultimately sending Patrick into the unprotected portion of the retaining wall.
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 22, 2014
Other drivers involved in the crash include Parker Kligerman, Michael Waltrip, Justin Allgaier, Paul Menard, Marcos Ambrose, David Gilliland and Kasey Kahne. NBC Sports reported Patrick's comments on the crash:
"I thought everything was going pretty well … It's a bummer but that's kind of the excitement of speedway racing that anything can happen and it's unfortunate that I was at the short end of the accident."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have finally captured the checkered flag late Sunday night, but he has a long way to go to catch up to the Danica Patrick Twitter account. Junior kept true to a promise he made that he would start tweeting if he won his second Daytona 500. His first tweet came in the wee hours of the morning:
Tonight seemed like as good a night as any to join Twitter. How is everyone doin? #2XDaytona500Champ pic.twitter.com/4k4JVA7fG9Dale Jr. may be way behind, but the #88 driver is making a late run. At the time of this writing, Junior is at 377K followers, despite having only posted four tweets. Danica is sitting pretty in the lead with 1.01 million followers behind a much more highly tuned social media team: She has 2,588 tweets at the time of this writing, including her response to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Daytona 500 victory:
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 24, 2014
Big congrats to dale jr!!!!! @TeamHendrickYou can follow Dale Earnhardt Jr. at @DaleJr and Danica Patric at @DanicaPatrick.
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 24, 2014
What do you think? Can Junior make a late run and catch the Danica Patrick Twitter account or will Danica run away with the NASCAR social media race?
[Video via Fox Sports]