Earnhardt Jr. Dials Down Twitter

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Twitter is a bitt of playground, and I don’t want to horse around if we’re not doing good. I don’t want to be on there goofing off and making light of the situation because it was a frustrating mistake, it was something I don’t take very lightly.’’ (Photo: Getty Images)

DARLINGTON, S.C. - A busy week and bad race has kept Dale Earnhardt Jr. off Twitter for most of the last few days.

Earnhardt, who has been entertaining since joining Twitter after his Daytona 500 win, didn’t have much to celebrate Monday at Texas when his mistake caused him to crash after 12 laps. Debris from the incident struck teammate Jimmie Johnson’s car, just one of many issues the six-time champion and his team had in the race.

“I guess Twitter can be a help in a situation like that,’’ said Earnhardt, who has more than 637,000 followers. “My fans certainly have my back and ... tell you to brush it off and don’t worry about it. I’m sure there are some people saying the opposite ... I didn’t see any of those.’’

Earnhardt also kept busy this week, taking part in a Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday at Michigan International Speedway before making a sponsor appearance Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.

“I didn’t really spend a lot of time on Twitter this week because we were working at Michigan,’’ Earnhardt said. “Twitter is a bitt of playground, and I don’t want to horse around if we’re not doing good. I don’t want to be on there goofing off and making light of the situation because it was a frustrating mistake, it was something I don’t take very lightly.’’

Earnhardt admitted getting back in the car so quickly helped, heading into Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

“Michigan was a big help for me to get past it and to get focused on the next race,’’ Earnhardt said. “This is s a tough event. We’ve got some decent runs here but we haven’t really come here an had a race we thought we lost. This is going to be a tough place to come rebound, but we’re going to give it our best.’’

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