Jimmie has awesome Monday, more NASCAR tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday during the season, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" presents eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. Follow @NASCAR 1. Mondays can be pretty awesome. pic.twitter.com/d8KCjwcR2X — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) April 25, 2017 2. Traveling all this week So glad @PaigeKeselowski sent this video of her trying to explain a victory burnout is ok to our 23month old girl pic.twitter.com/q64am8Ei8n — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) April 26, 2017 3. Been up since 4. Woke up like — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) April 25, 2017 4. Congrats to @DaleJr on one helluva run. I didn't think they would announce Carl's return till end of year though? Hmm! — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) April 25, 2017 5. Like father, like son. #Family @chaseelliott @NASCARONFOX pic.twitter.com/30dQWwwxGX — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) April 24, 2017 6. PROTEIN WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/CZLW3XkpF1 — Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) April 23, 2017 7. Trying to mind my own business and watch @IndyCar and @NHL but the beer fridge wants to have a staring competition. #maybejust1 pic.twitter.com/PYJlFAxvgO — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) April 23, 2017 8. Selfie denied. #NASCAR @FOXTV @DaleJr pic.twitter.com/Vz2JD8z9E8 — FOX SPORTS: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) April 24, 2017
Excuses index: How to bail on work to watch the race
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove Today's race at Bristol (1 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) happens to fall during a workday. No worries. We've got you covered with a full index of ways to get out of your shift today, courtesy of @nascarcasm and Steve Luvender. Here's how @nascarcasm suggests getting out of work: 1. Tell your supervisor you'll be taking all five of your lunch breaks for the week back-to-back at 1 p.m. ET. 2. Ask Landon Cassill how many retweets it will take for Landon to personally call your boss and inform him or her that you'll be leaving around noon. 3. Claim you have jury duty. If your boss asks "What case?" do not yell "Ol' Junebug vs. the World's Fastest Half Mile! Wooooo!" While tempting, that's a dead giveaway. 4. Just find an empty bathroom stall and hang out in there and follow the race on social media. This common practice is known as "shwittering." 5. Tell your boss you have someone who will fill in for you while you're watching the race. When your replacement shows up, explain to your boss that Alex Bowman is very skilled at Microsoft Excel. 6. Use the Jeff Gordon method. Say you've decided it's time to retire, then just show up back to work the next day like it never happened. And if you're looking for excuses that technically aren't untrue, Steve Luvender has your back. • "I'm sick." Sick of not being able to watch the race while I'm working, that is. • "There's been a family hardship." Your family had to deal with you instead of watching the race yesterday afternoon. That might have been hard for them if they're used to a few hours of peace and quiet. • "I have an appointment." An appointment with the TV at approximately 1 p.m. ET, that is. (But don't tell your boss that part.) • "I'm having car problems." The problem is that you couldn't watch race cars zoom around Bristol's high banks. • "I'm expecting a delivery to my house." While your boss might expect a major appliance being delivered to your house within a five-hour window, maybe you're actually having a pizza or two delivered to your house around the end of Stage 1 or so. Technically not lying. • "I've been arrested." Sometimes you have to get really creative. It's not a good idea to pull out the "I've been arrested" card frequently, lest you arouse suspicion of your co-workers, but it's not lying if you've been arrested by the allure of NASCAR.
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Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. get together late at Richmond
RELATED: Results " Stage results RICHMOND, Va. -- A little contact is customary in short-track racing. But the heavy contact that led to the derailment of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first race since setting his retirement plans in motion came from an unexpected source -- a teammate. Neither Earnhardt nor Jimmie Johnson -- his Hendrick Motorsports stablemate -- saw each other before Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet swept up the track to broadside Earnhardt's No. 88, compounding an already frustrating Sunday at Richmond International Raceway. Both continued on, with Johnson leading the four-car Hendrick charge in 11th place, but Earnhardt faded to a 30th-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400, two laps down. "I was running the top ( groove ) right against the fence and really wasn't watching the mirrors," Earnhardt said. "I didn't even know he was there or anybody was coming. T.J. (Majors, his spotter) was giving me pretty good warning about guys getting on my inside , but otherwise when you're running the top, you don't have to worry about it. Everybody kind of takes care of you, but Jimmie didn't know we were there. "It was an explosion, but the car held up pretty well. It knocked the sway bar arm off it, so we ran the last bit of the race without a sway bar hooked up, but wasn't a great day." Johnson, a winner in the previous two races, also remarked about the severity of the impact. After the checkered flag, Johnson sought out Earnhardt on pit road for a team debrief and to apologize for his part in the collision. "Trying to figure out if I didn't hear it being told to me or if it wasn't told to me," Johnson said. "Just feel terrible, obviously. Man, I'm surprised our cars even kept rolling after that because I just bodyslammed him in the wall, and I could've easily not heard the clear or something else happened, I don't know. But it's the last thing you want to have happen with a teammate." RELATED: Johnson takes on Twitter haters Earnhardt started 12th and dropped back in the order with an off-cycle stop for tires. He rallied, but a speeding penalty in the 67th of 400 laps knocked him to 27th when the field reorganized. Earnhardt was busted in Section 15, the next-to-last segment on the .75-mile track's pit road. "I was pretty conservative, but they said we sped," Earnhardt said, further explaining that the team adjusts its tachometer to allow for pit road's curvature near the exit. "We're real aggressive with our (tachometer) lights. We maybe need to be a little more conservative so that we can get through a couple of these races without issues like that. But all I can do is run the lights like the dash is programmed. I really don't have a speedometer in there to help you." With his car struggling to advance on set-up savvy alone, Earnhardt and crew chief Greg Ives opted to gamble with a late green-flag run. Ives kept his driver on the track as other front-runners came in for pit service under green; that strategy moved Earnhardt as high as second in the running order, but on old tires with his team keeping its fingers crossed for a timely caution period. That yellow flag flew, but for his incident with Johnson. "Just luck this year is just awful," said Earnhardt, who also spun out 13 laps later after his car developed a tire rub. "I don't know what else we need to do. I mean, we're out there just taking care of ourselves and running along, and something seems to always bite us." RELATED: Junior frustrated in Richmond Earnhardt remained stuck back in 24th place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points, recording his fifth finish of 30th or worse in the nine events so far this year. With 27 races remaining in his final full season, Earnhardt said his goals for the immediate future might be more modest. "Greg (Ives) told me last week we weren't looking at (points) anymore, we were just going to try to win a race," Earnhardt said. We're so far back. If you're sitting 15th, 16th, 17th, you probably can't help but look at points then. We're sitting so far back, we've just got to get this thing to where we can finish. I'm just going to concentrate on trying to get about five or six races put together in a row -- top 15s -- and see what the points look like after that." The same could be said for Hendrick Motorsports, which rode the high of back-to-back victories for Johnson in the previous two races -- Texas and Bristol -- into Richmond. Sunday, none of the four Hendrick drivers finished among the top 10 -- Kasey Kahne took 22nd with Chase Elliott 24th -- nor did they collect any stage points for running in the top 10 at the two intermissions. "It's a competitive sport," Earnhardt said. "You get written off one week and then you're back in the conversation the next. None of our cars were really that fast, so we'll probably come back here with a different idea, a different direction on all our set-ups and see if we can't figure something out. We've got the equipment and the resources to run in the top five, but it's shocks and springs and set-ups that just didn't pay off today." </p>
McDowell, LFR helping Twitter user in quest for free Wendy's chicken nuggets
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove If you've spent literally any time on Twitter over the past two weeks, chances are you've seen the below tweet -- because it's been retweeted more than three million times. HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3 — Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017 Yes, Carter Wilkerson is well on his way to receiving free chicken nuggets for a year from fast food chain Wendy's. All he has to do is get a measly 18 million retweets. Considering he's roughly 18 percent of the way there at press time (still an accomplishment!), he could use a little help to pick up the slack and finish off the remaining 15 million retweets. Insert Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing. LFR will feature a large decal on the TV panel of the No. 95 WRL Chevrolet SS with the Twitter hashtag #NuggsForCarter in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, FOX.) Alright race fans, let's help get @carterjwm to 18 million so he can get his @Wendys nuggets! #NASCAR #NuggsForCarter pic.twitter.com/kNy3LknRPv — LeavineFamilyRacing (@LFR95) April 19, 2017 We got your back @carterjwm #NuggsForCarter . pic.twitter.com/XjINJJBR71 — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) April 19, 2017 "I am blown away by all of the support!" Wilkerson said in a team release. "It all started out just for fun. I just really wanted some chicken nuggets. Now, we've raised more than $100,000 for charity and it just keeps growing. I've just about beat Ellen (DeGeneres, for this tweet , the most RT'ed ever), and I'm Twitter verified. I'm excited to see what's next." Kind of makes you wonder how many retweets it would take for an unlimited supply of Frostys, no?
@nascarcasm: 2017 Peeps 400
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove @nascarcasm held his annual Peeps 400 this week in honor of the marshmallow, Easter-time treat. The premise: 16 Peeps with numbers corresponding to the drivers in last year's playoff field were placed in a microwave, heat set to high for five minutes. The one Peep to outlast the other 15 will be crowned the winner of the 2017 Peeps 400. Watch the video below to see who won. &amp;lt;/center&amp;gt;
Landon Cassill offers favors to fans -- with a catch
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove In the spirit of the much-publicized fast food fan seeking free chicken nuggets in exchange for retweets , dozens of Landon Cassill’s fans took a similar approach to get something back from their favorite driver Monday afternoon. Fans reached out to Cassill on Twitter asking the driver for favors -- tasks as simple as a Twitter follow to requests as heavy as printing a name on his No. 34 race car -- in exchange for a number of retweets that Cassill himself determined. WE CAN DO IT! @landoncassill pic.twitter.com/dbDLKZ9VFW — Barney's Maker (@EdLovesNASCAR) April 10, 2017 Let's do this!! @landoncassill @DaleJr pic.twitter.com/gTOFM6wuaI — Bradon Buchanan (@BradonB2017) April 10, 2017 Please make it happen! @landoncassill @NASCAR #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/fz3W4spIqV — mrnascar (@mrnascar242424) April 10, 2017 hey everyone i need help @landoncassill @TheOrangeCone pic.twitter.com/KCy4aEuNHU — Mike McCoy ⚡ (@NYstacker11) April 10, 2017 300 https://t.co/8n0BGURbcs — landon cassill (@landoncassill) April 10, 2017 3,400 https://t.co/9UYKiYsWWO — landon cassill (@landoncassill) April 10, 2017 Everybody RT this!! It'll take one second and it'd be great if it could happen @landoncassill pic.twitter.com/8c0tP6NhQy — Brooke (@IAmBrookeCurran) April 10, 2017 Can you guys help me out please? @landoncassill @cpk_diecast @NASCAR_2017 @Nascar_Brackets @kaitlancassill @Team_FRM pic.twitter.com/KlG6EZO2vX — Austin (@al15al15) April 10, 2017 Help @landoncassill @Team_FRM pic.twitter.com/ZY4ofqBQzn — Trevor Steven (@TrevorStev) April 10, 2017 @landoncassill how many retweets for you to get off this plane. please landon we overbooked this flight and we at united would appreciate it — Steve Luvender (@steveluvender) April 10, 2017 @landoncassill how many RTs to present this Jim Roper (1st NASCAR Cup race winner) paint scheme to FRR marketing to run at Darlington? pic.twitter.com/RT92LurtEt — DarlingtonThrowbacks (@DarlingtonRetro) April 10, 2017 oh no @landoncassill is doing things again — Steven Taranto (@STaranto92) April 10, 2017
Kansas Speedway pits drivers against each other in unique '#Virtual400' race
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove BUY TICKETS: See the races at Kansas Speedway Drivers, start your ... virtual engines? Kansas Speedway announced one of the more unique social strategy campaigns of the season this week with its #Virtual400, set to kick off Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET. Sixteen of NASCAR's top drivers will be powered by tweets and posts in a 'race' on Twitter and Facebook. Fans advance their drivers forward by posting on their social media accounts with unique hashtags, #KSS(driver number). For example, #KSS88 for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Each original post counts toward distance on the virtual Kansas Speedway -- click here to check it out . Participating drivers are: Earnhardt, Kyle Larson, Kansas native Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne. The first driver to complete 400 miles is the winner. The best part? Fans who tweet with one of the driver hashtags and register on the website have a chance to win two tickets and two pre-race passes to the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 13. The winner will be announced on Thursday. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove Well, it looks like everything's back to normal. -- Jimmie Johnson's winning races again Kyle Larson is finishing second again and -- Ryan Blaney is running up front Dale Jr. is scoring top 5-finishes Jimmie Johnson's beard is looking great on TV . After going six whole weeks without a win, I thought Jimmie Johnson -- and his team were in trouble was done winning for a little while couldn't win because he was very thirsty was content with seven championships and 80 wins had a very luscious beard . Boy, was I -- wrong right a naysayer a true fan printing out a picture of bearded Jimmie just now or what?! As much as Jimmie Johnson rose to the occasion, -- Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Corey Lajoie dehydration gave him a run for his money Sunday. What a -- powerful dominant disappointing typical beard-less performance! For a second, I thought this would finally be the week that -- The Wood Brothers pulled it off Kyle Larson didn't finish second again BK Racing would have a clean race Joe Gibbs Racing would turn things around putting Kasey Kahne on my fantasy team was a good idea . The track reconfiguration at Texas Motor Speedway made the track very -- wide slick reconfigured fun to watch fresh and new for 2017, like Jimmie Johnson's beard . I guess what they say is true: everything's -- bigger repaved warm found a cowboy fast thirsty a cactus located either in or not in Texas! What I really don't understand is why -- so many people millennials reporters other drivers I barbers -- question doubt laud cheer for idolize would ever shave the beard of Jimmie Johnson and his team's -- incredible legendary so-called stupid, sexy ability. I think the true secret to the No. 48 team's success is -- Chad Knaus Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet stage racing a thirst for victory Jimmie Johnson's athleticism the support of No. 48 fans bribing race officials with Lowe's gift cards Jimmie's beard with that perfect touch of gray . Now it's time for an off-week -- no racing next Sunday. As -- a NASCAR fan a NASCAR driver someone who's really into Easter I admire the details of Jimmie Johnson's full beard , this is -- great news terrible news something I didn't even notice just another weekend disappointing but understandable a bummer not a bummer .
Take a sneak peek at All-Star softer tires
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove READ UP ON All-STAR NEWS: RELEASE " FAQs " Upping the ante NASCAR revealed Tuesday a revamped format for the 2017 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Part of this update includes tire strategy, with different colored lettering to identify the varied rubber. Each team will be granted one set of softer "option" tires to use, which provide more grip and thus, speed. The catch, however, is teams who choose the soft tires for the fourth and final stage must start behind drivers who choose regular tires, which do not wear out as quickly. Decisions, decisions. Check out the speedy, soft tires set to make its debut May 20 (8:15 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), compared to the regular "prime" tires. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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