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Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm •  Published: February 28, 2014

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — NASCAR's most popular driver won the sport's biggest race last weekend.

It may not have been the most exciting news of the week, at least when it comes to fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

A reluctant participant on Twitter for years, Earnhardt burst into the Twitterverse this week with a flourish of revealing tweets that have given fans insight into his life they never knew before.

"I don't know what I was thinking, why I didn't get on there earlier," Earnhardt said from Phoenix International Speedway on Friday. "It's a great way to tell people things you appreciate and it's instant."

Earnhardt has had a Twitter account since 2008, when JR Motorsports signed up @DaleJr.

Earnhardt had no interest in that end of social media at first, so the account sat dormant for years.

That changed early Monday morning, hours after Earnhardt won his second Daytona 500 and posted a photo of himself with the trophy: "Tonight seemed like as good a night as any to join Twitter. How is everyone doin?"

Earnhardt's Twitter account soared once he started typing 140 characters at a time, rising to more than 527,000 followers by Friday.

"It's been a very interesting follow, him getting creative," fellow Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson said. "He must have been watching for afar for a while because he has the lingo down, attacking people, holding up pretty well. He didn't enter as a rookie on Twitter, in my opinion. He's off to a pretty good start."

It's certainly been entertaining and fairly revealing.

Earnhardt participated in a Twitter chat with fans on Tuesday night and kept the tweets rolling this week, up over 130 by Friday morning. Among the revelations he's made on Twitter so far:

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