Sarah Palin: 'I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying'

July 22, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Former Alaska governor blames rocker Sammy Hagar for offense

Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate, had an interesting reply when she was pulled over in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, last Wednesday.

According to a report on TMZ.com, she told the officer, "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying."

Palin also noted that she was listening to Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" on the radio.

Indeed, her Toyota Tundra was clocked at 63 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. According to USA Today's On Politics blog, Palin received a $144 fine plus a $10 surcharge.

The former governor of Alaska attended the 2010 Daytona 500, and her husband, Todd, was an honorary official at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in the fall of 2008 when she was a vice presidential candidate alongside John McCain.

Her speed wouldn't get her the pole at Martinsville, where Joey Logano set a new track record in March with a 100.201 mph lap during the first round of knockout qualifying.

Read more from Inside Groove here.

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