Earnhardt Relishing Twitter

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. admits he's wondered why he wasn't active on Twitter sooner after all the fun he's had this week. (Photo: Getty Images)

AVONDALE, Ariz. - After the fun he’s had on Twitter this week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. admits he’s wondered “why didn’t I get on there earlier?’’

Earnhardt didn’t become active on Twitter until a few hours after winning his second Daytona 500 last weekend. He’s since shared his thoughts, pictures and behind-the-scene images of his week-long media tour.

His number of followers more than doubled this week. He’s up to more than 525,000 followers, closing in on teammate Jimmie Johnson, who has a little more than 550,000 followers. Johnson, who encouraged Earnhardt to join Twitter, is not surprised how well Earnhardt has fared.

“As sharp as he is, as much time as he spend in the digital world, I knew when he got involved he would love it,’’ Johnson said. “He must have been watching from afar for a while. He has the lingo down. He didn’t enter as a rookie in my opinion.’’

Earnhardt admits that he’s “still learning’’ about Twitter.

“I guess the hard part is that there is so much coming at you that you miss a lot of stuff,’’ Earnhardt said. “There’s a lot of great information and a lot of great comments.’’

He’ll note that he’ll be told that someone famous is following him or sent him a note and he’s missed it.

Earnhardt said he enjoyed chatting with fans on Twitter while flying from New York during his media tour.

“It’s been fun to interact with the fans,’’ he said. “That was just kind of a spur-of-the moment idea and it was enjoyable to be able to plug in like that whenever you feel. Hopefully the fans appreciate that.’’

One thing Earnhardt has learned about is “Throwback Thursday” where people post old photos on social media. Earnhardt has many pictures of his father, grandfather and others racing from years ago.

“I’ve got ‘Throwback Thursday’ for years,’’ Earnhardt said. “This will be fun.’’

Kevin Harvick can’t wait.

“One thing I like about what Dale Jr. has is he’s got all those cool pictures of his dad,’’ Harvick said. “I’ll look forward to Thursdays now just for the fact that I know he’s going to post some really cool pictures from back in the day.”        

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