Palin plays politician around Daytona 500

Sarah Palin took a break from the snow and played politician on

stock car racing’s biggest stage.

Pretty important place on the political landscape, too.

The former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor raced

around the Daytona 500 on Sunday, shaking hands and taking photos

before what she called the “all-Americana event.”

Palin said she was “having fun and not thinking about the

politics of this.” But she didn’t miss a chance to energize her

base in one of the most critical regions of the largest swing


Palin took two questions before the only two reporters around

her entourage were cutoff. That didn’t stop her from doing what she

does best: getting out in the crowds and mingling with