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Sarah Palin Draws “Full-Throated Cheers” at Bristol NASCAR Race

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Food City 500 pre-race ceremonies.

By Gary P Jackson

For the second NASCAR race in a row, Sarah and Todd Palin were among the attendees.

Last week they were at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and watched Tony Stewart take the win. On Sunday, It was Bristol Motor Speedway, the fastest half mile track in the country. Brad Keselowski took his Miller Dodge to the Winner’s Circle.

As we were watching Raceday on SPEED the Fox Sports crew pointed out that Sarah was there, and showed a brief clip of her talking with Bruton Smith, the owner of Bristol, as well as a good number of other tracks that both NASCAR and the NHRA race on. Smith is one of the most powerful men in all of motorsports.

Not a bad guy to know!

The Bristol Herald Courier reports:

BRISTOL, Tenn. —

A well-known political powerhouse and a singer well known for her powerful voice were both in the house at Bristol Motor Speedway before Sunday afternoon’s Food City 500 race. 

But only one of the women was seen by much of the six-figure race crowd – and briefly so. 

Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin – the self-described “Mama Grizzly” – made brief comments to the Food City 500 crowd during a pre-race appearance in the BMS infield section. 

But country music star Kellie Pickler – who had been scheduled to perform a morning concert set from the Speedway infield – had to cancel the gig after steady rain forced race personnel to spend most of Sunday’s pre-race hours vacuuming the BMS track with high-pressure (and high volume) drying trucks. 

The stubborn rain – along with a desire to start the Food City 500 on schedule – left race officials with little choice but to scrap the Pickler concert, according to BMS. 

Despite the cancellation, Pickler stuck around the BMS infield for an extended period, signing autographs and chatting with spectators. 

While Pickler’s appearance had been long been scheduled and promoted as part of Sunday’s Food City 500 pre-race activities, Palin’s pop-in at the speedway had not been. 

Clad in one of the stylish, power-suits that became a trademark fixture during her 2008 campaign as John McCain’s VP nominee, Palin – now a popular political media pundit and much-sought speaker – drew full-throated cheers from BMS fans during her quick remarks. 

It’s so good to be in Bristol and so good to be among friends,” said Palin, who was introduced by Jerry Caldwell, BMS’ executive vice president and general manager. 

Here’s some more photos from the event:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reaches for items to sign after she spoke during the Food City 500 pre-race ceremonies.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks wtih Tenn. Senator Ron Ramsey after she spoke during the Food City 500 pre-race ceremonies.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reaches for items to sign along with Bristol Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith after she spoke during the Food City 500 pre-race ceremonies.

Sarah, Willow, and Todd aboard team owner and Fox Sports annalist Micheal Waltrip’s bus. [Via Twitter]

Sarah with 3 time NASCAR champ and Fox Sports personality Darrell Waltrip [Via Twitter]

Sarah Palin stopping in at @BMSUpdates. #ItsBristolBaby [Via NASCARONFOX on Twitter]


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NHRA Funny Car Driver Alexis DeJoria and Tequila Patron Team Headed To NASCAR Event in Bristol

By Gary P Jackson

Alexis DeJoria and her Tequila Patron NHRA Funny Car team are headed to Bristol for this weekend’s NASCAR events. She’ll be representing drag racing and the NHRA, which will be holding the annual Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway June 15-17.

From NHRA.com

While most teams are enjoying a two-week breather from the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Funny Car racer Alexis DeJoria and her Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car team are in Bristol this weekend to promote NHRA during the Food City 500 NASCAR race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

DeJoria, along with current crew chief and reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Del Worsham, will be taking part in numerous appearances throughout the weekend, allowing motorsports fans to meet and greet her team. Her weekend itinerary will take her to various sponsor suites, where she will participate in Q&A sessions, to the media center, where she will meet with the press, and she will also participate in several autograph sessions with fans.

As one of the high-profile female racers in NHRA, DeJoria will be meeting and appearing with her NASCAR counterpart, Danica Patrick, for an event at the track.

Not one to shy away from any opportunity to experience fast cars, DeJoria will be riding in the pace car before the Ford EcoBoost 300 Nationwide race on Saturday and the Food City 500 Sprint Cup race on Sunday.

The Patron team will not only be starting the car during the opening ceremonies for both races over the weekend but will also be providing demonstrations of how the team can tear down and rebuild the 7,000-horsepower machine in the fast-paced world of NHRA.

In case you are new to drag racing, teams service the cars after every 4 second 300 plus mph run. These teams can strip the engine to the bare block, replace all of the pistons, service the supercharger, the clutch, and attend to dozens of other maintenance needs, and have it back running and ready to race in just under 40 minutes.

Unlike NASCAR, fans are allowed in the pit area and can watch the teams as they do their work.

Check out Alexis’ website for more info on the team and follow her on Twitter.

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Lamestream Media Falsely Attributes Boos from Crowd to Governor Palin (Updated)

By Stacy Drake

Left-wing reporters and so-called “mainstream” media publications, are falsely reporting that Governor Palin was “booed” by the audience Monday night when she attended the taping of Dancing With the Stars to watch her daughter Bristol again with her partner Mark Ballas. While the audience did boo, they actually booed at the low score given to Jennifer Grey and her partner after a very well performed routine. After the score was given to Grey and her partner, the show transitioned to Tom Bergeron giving a brief interview to Governor Palin as she sat in the audience. After Bergeron announced the governor, the audience applauded. You would think that an audience hostile to the her would pick up their heckling once her name was announced. However, the opposite happened as they all clapped their hands. According to some in the press, the audience was just getting controlled, or something.

It should be noted that the false reports written about this where all written by people who were not there. However, a reporter who was there told a much different story. Mikey O’Connell from Zap 2 News reported:

That was booing you heard after Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough got their scores, and though Internet conspiracy theorists would have you believe it was directed at Sarah Palin (Really, Internet? Really?), it was definitely aimed at the judges. We understand it’s too early to dole out the really high numbers, but a 24 for that incredible jive didn’t make sense to anyone in the studio.

I don’t know what a “jive” is supposed to look like, but apparently Jennifer Grey and her partner did a good job. The guy who covers this stuff ought to know.

Governor Palin wanted to attend the taping to lend support to her daughter during this important time in her life. The media couldn’t control themselves enough to just let the governor be a mom for once, and instead used a transition in the program (that could easily be twisted) to attack her instead. This is really low… Even for these people.

Update: Tom Bergeron appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show later Monday night and said that the boos were indeed directed at the judges for giving Grey a bad score. He said:

“They felt that Jennifer Grey got screwed,” Bergeron said. “They felt that she should have gotten 9s because [the judges] had just gushed about her – they felt that they had underscored her.”

(Update H/T, David)


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