Kyle Busch, David Ragan, and Bobby Labonte Are All Twitter-Pated

C WilsonContributor IMarch 31, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 28: Kyle Busch, driver of the #5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet, looks at his cellphone on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Bobby Labonte is celebrating his 18th anniversary, is a fan of the television show “24,” and just got a new F-150.


No, I didn’t have an exclusive interview with him—I follow him on Twitter.


I was skeptical about joining Twitter. I mean, who cares what I’m doing? I think my life is great, but it’s definitely not going to be made into a movie any time soon. 


I signed up because all the cool kids are doing it, it’s free, and I thought it might be fun to see what other people tweet (twit?).


Then I saw Kara Martin’s article about NASCAR Twitter, with a list of Twitter-ers (Twats?). Now this is fun.


From today (Mar. 31):

Bobby_Labonte:  “Been married to Donna for 18 yrs Sunday. Went out for dinner last night and then watched 24. Feels like we just got married. I got a good 1.”


Bobby_Labonte:  “Got me a new truck today. King Ranch F-150. Big boy truck!”


Those comments about his wife are really sweet, I have to say. He also gave a link to a picture of his truck.


In the back of my mind, more skepticism: Is it really him, or someone pretending to be him? I don’t know, but I believe it is Bobby. I have no scientific evidence to back that up, it’s just a gut feeling from following so far. Try it and judge for yourself.


I really do believe that Max Papis is the real deal, mainly because he occasionally Twitters in Italian.


From today (Mar. 31):

maxpapis:  “Amici twitter in italia dove posso trovare un cd di canzoni per bambini in italiano per download ?looking for an italian kids cd to download”


maxpapis:  “Taking marco to school listening to along came the spider .....”


maxpapis:  “Just finished my massage and adjusment @asf


It almost seems stalker-ish to read these snapshots of his day and enjoy them just because he’s a celebrity, but he’s posting them to be read, after all.


Papis also posted some comments before and after the Martinsville Camping World Series truck race on Monday (in which he ran), and comments during the Martinsville Sprint Cup race on Sunday (in which he did not run). I especially liked his comment about Sunday’s winner, which I would encourage you to go and read.


The other two I’ve seen Twitter quite a bit are Kyle Busch and David Ragan. Now, I know these aren’t actually the drivers (since they were twittering during the Cup race on Sunday), but I have no doubt it’s someone closely connected to them. 


The Twitter account associated with David Ragan (UPSRacing) is linked up with his page on (which contains his video blog, which is also fun).


Both UPSRacing and RidinWithRowdy sent some really interesting twitters during the Martinsville Cup race on Sunday:


RidinWithRowdy:  “Kyle is not happy with his car. Wanted to apologize to the 82 for collecting him with the spin”


RidinWithRowdy:  “Kyle wants Steve to fix that tight late center. Prob also pulling the spring rubber back out of the left rear if he comes”


UPSRacing:  “David radios: ‘I think there is debris in turn one and could be why everybody is cutting these tires.’"


UPSRacing:  “Caution. Headed to pits. Going to loosen up the No. 6 this stop to be free through the middle.”


I thought it was fun to supplement the Fox Sports race commentators with the Twitters. I read them aloud to my husband so he could enjoy them, too. I suppose I could set him up on Twitter so he could follow on his own phone, but then I wouldn’t get to pretend to be DW!


An interesting thing happened on Monday (Mar. 30). UPSRacing asked if they could follow MY twitters! At first, my natural paranoid privacy thought that was a little creepy. But then, I realized that if I allowed it, I might be able to interact with UPSRacing.


Me: “@upsracing Is David having any autograph opportunities in Texas this week?”


UPSRacing: “@Cynthia_Wilson: Yep. He will sign at the merchandise trailer on Sunday. Will send out a confirmation of time later this week”


Cool! Of course, it would be even better if I was actually going to Texas this week…


(Please do not correct the spelling and punctuation in the quotes.  They were copied and pasted directly from