Brad Keselowski is as famous for his Twitter prowess as he is for winning this season's NASCAR championship. But did you know Keselowski was bitter about social media before he started tweeting?
Back when MySpace was popular, Keselowski logged on because he wanted to look up the page of a girl he thought was hot. He created an account and was active on the site for awhile, but soon "realized how creepy MySpace could be – along with the rest of America."
So Keselowski quit MySpace and created a personal Facebook account instead, and it became one of his new passions. He shared pictures, added lots of friends and even sent thank-you messages to journalists who wrote stories about him.
But one day, Keselowski got kicked off Facebook. Someone reported his account as a fake, and Facebook responded by shutting him down.
"I was phoned in for being an imposter," he said Thursday in Las Vegas. "I went to correct it, and Facebook asked for my social security number and a whole bunch of stuff, and I was like, 'No, no, no. This is fun, but it ain't that much fun.' And I called it quits right there."
Keselowski said he became bitter about social media for nearly a year – he was particularly upset at losing all his photos – until Nationwide gave him an iPad for winning the series championship.
While fiddling around with his iPad, Keselowski couldn't find any apps he liked until he came across Twitter. He downloaded it from the App Store, started tweeting and the rest is NASCAR social media history.
Pressure? Come on, guys
After getting questions about pressure all throughout the Chase, Keselowski couldn't help but laugh when a reporter asked if he felt pressure to give a good speech at Friday night's banquet.
"How many more times am I going to get (this question)?" Keselowski asked with a laugh. "I feel like you guys just take the same question, like, 'You know, Christmas is coming next week. Do you feel the pressure to buy the right gift?' Or, 'New Year's is coming up. Do you feel the pressure to change your life with a proper New Year's Resolution?'
"Like, how many pressure questions can you come up with?"
All joking aside, Keselowski said he didn't think there were any expectations to give a good speech.
"My expectations are to have fun and enjoy being a champion, and I haven't thought any further than that," he said. "Those moments come naturally."