Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s whirlwind week includes his first Twitter chat

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Is there a thing as too much Dale Jr.? NASCAR hopes not.

In the last 48-plus hours since his win Sunday night in the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his close personal team have criss-crossed the country for various media appearances.

From the champion’s breakfast in Daytona, trips to New York, Texas and Los Angeles, a full media conference call on Tuesday, and appearances on NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA, the Late Show with David Letterman, a day through ESPN’s shows and countless others, Dale Jr. has been talking at 190-plus mph for two straight days.

He seems to be reveling in the moment, and he made sure to give back to the fans as a part of this experience.

Enter the first @DaleJr live Twitter chat on Tuesday night. Which he crushed.

There’s no sense copying and pasting the entire sequence of tweets, but on his flight from Texas to L.A., Earnhardt answered more than 50 questions on the flight.

Examples include a response to a race he wishes he could have driven in:

His favorite type of track:

And what he plans to use Twitter for:

His first follow? Not sports or music, but actor Tom Hanks. But now, as of Wednesday, Earnhardt is following 125 accounts, and is already on the verge of becoming a Twitter junkie.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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