The Social Report: Snakes and Football

NCWTS_PIR_110614_RhodesA new feature to, “The Social Report” will highlight the most interesting social media posts by NASCAR personalities. Whether it’s comical, fascinating, or informative, you can expect the best from the social world to be featured in the report throughout the season.


While the drivers enjoyed a Sunday off, two of the sports rising stars ran into a slithering creature. Tyler Reddick and Ben Rhodes both posted photos on twitter holding up snakes that they seemed to have found while enjoying the outdoors on a nice Spring day.

Reddick won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona International Speedway and is currently second in the drivers standings, two points behind the two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton.

The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Rhodes will make his XFINITY Series debut with JR Motorsports at Iowa Speedway on May 17th. In the meantime, he is often spotted at the track learning from teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Following Iowa, he will compete in the No. 88 car during nine more XFINITY Series events.

Did Someone Say Football?

In case you didn’t know, Joe Gibbs Racing team-owner Joe Gibbs was a prominent name in the National Football League before making the transition to NASCAR. Being a three-time Super Bowl winning coach, football runs in “Coach’s” blood. This has ingrained similar principles into JGR that he led the Washington Redskins with during both of his coaching stints.

On Monday, the team posted a photo on twitter of the new football field being installed on campus. It’s a part of the new athletic center currently being constructed. This continues to show the growing importance of fitness in the sport as it’s often what determines who succeeds.

The team is coming off a great weekend at Texas Motor Speedway as development driver Erik Jones picked up his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory, and Carl Edwards scored his first top-10 finish for the team. In addition, Denny Hamlin finished 11th, David Ragan 13th and Matt Kenseth 23rd in the Duck Commander 500.

The team also announced Monday evening that the injured Kyle Busch would address the media on Wednesday, April 15th, for the first time since his wreck at Daytona International Speedway during the XFINITY Series’ season opener.

More information regarding the media session will likely be released in the coming days.

“The Social Report” will cover various topics each week. As you read in this edition, it won’t strictly be about racing as we explore what the different personalities within the sport do when they are away from the track.


Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw


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