NASCAR issues Keselowski fine for tweeting in car

11/14/2012 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Denver – NASCAR has fined driver Brad Keselowski $25,000 for tweeting during the red flag at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, as reported by the Associated Press (AP). The fine issued this week has led some fans to take to Twitter to question why the driver was punished for something he was purportedly praised for earlier this year.

NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp is quoted by the AP as stating of the decision, “Brad’s tweeting at the Daytona 500 was really our first introduction to the magnitude of the social media phenomenon at the race track, especially how we saw it unfold that evening… We encourage our drivers to participate in social media. We feel we have the most liberal social media policy in all of sports, and the access we provide is the best in all of sports.

Tharp is further quoted as stating, “But we also have rules that pertain to competition that need to be enforced and abided by. Once the 500 took place, and in the days and weeks following the 500, NASCAR communicated to the drivers and teams that while social media was encouraged and we promoted it, the language in the rule book was clear and that drivers couldn’t carry onboard their cars electronic devices, like a phone.”

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