Sarah Palin + Daytona 500 = Redneck Nirvana?
I have never claimed to be an expert on Whitetrashians, the prevalent social group amongst fans of NASCAR, but I have to imagine that this is a match made in heaven: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be attending the Daytona 500 after race officials granted her request for credentials. Speedway president Robin Braig addressed the decision:
“We went to NASCAR for their recommendation and they said, ‘Some people are going to like them and some people won’t. NASCAR does not take sides either way. Let’s showcase her as we would our mayor or governor.’ So she comes with NASCAR’s blessing.”
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Palin won’t have an official position, such as grand marshal, for the event.
“I expect she will be visible and I expect the media will have questions for her and things like that,” Poston said.
I find it incredibly hard to believe that anyone in attendance will put up much of a fuss about Palin attending. All that is missing to create the redneckian trifecta is get Toby Keith to show up and pistol whip a bunch of foreigners in the infield and it will be day that all NASCAR fans in attendance will likely never forget. Which is a good thing: the Good Lord knows it’s been a hard couple of years for them, with Jeff Foxworthy eschewing more frequent stand-up routines while fixing to demonstrate how he’s more intelligent than all of them on that Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader show. Darn tootin’ they’re smarter – most of them made it all the way to 6th grade, so the joke is on Foxworthy – which is surprising, considering a joke and Foxworthy are normally mutually-exclusive.
Sarah Palin to attend Daytona 500 [Daytona Beach News-Journal]