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.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.