Fans getting autographs virtually is a new thing in NASCAR apparently
During the course of a normal NASCAR weekend fans at a track have plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with their favorite drivers.
This past weekend, however, wasn’t a normal NASCAR weekend. For the first time since 2001, NASCAR was forced to postpone a race, two in fact. Both the races at Atlanta and the next weekend at Homestead-Miami were postponed due to the coronavirus, leaving fans with not only no on-track action, but for those who had planned on attending, no chance to meet their favorite driver.
Thanks to modern technology however, NASCAR drivers were able to step in to help ease the loss.
Not only did several NASCAR drivers take part a virtual race online Sunday, but a few worked to interact with fans on social media in a new and unique way giving many the autograph they couldn’t get.
Upcoming driver Hailie Deegan started the trend late Friday when she tweeted,” Since there’s no racing for awhile. Some guy just tweeted a pic of him and I and wanted me to sign it. So I screenshot it and signed it on my phone then sent it back😂. Not gonna lie, laying in bed signing autographs ain’t too bad.”
Her feed was soon filled with fan photos, many featuring those same fans posing with Deegan. Deegan was soon retweeting the autographed screenshots back to the fans.
It wasn’t long before several other drivers were copying Deegan including Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton. Even Dale Earnhardt Jr. got in on the fun for a short time surprising a fan who had asked for an autograph from Landon Cassill. Cassill obliged, and shortly after signed and retweeted the photo.
With at least one more weekend with no NASCAR racing and more down time for drivers, expect to see many more interactions, all from the safety of the virtual world.