Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh took a potshot at NASCAR Nation during an appearance on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night.
Speaking about Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Limbaugh said, “We have a polarization in this country of elites versus average people. The elites think they're the smart people, and they think Sarah Palin's a hayseed hick. She may as well be on the NASCAR circuit.”
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston reponded to Limbaugh’s remarks, saying, “Obviously, Mr. Limbaugh hasn't spent much time with our drivers or fans. NASCAR drivers and fans represent the best of America, whether they are from small towns or big cities."
UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh went to great lengths Thursday to stress that he does not associate NASCAR with “hayseed hicks.” On his national radio show today, Limbaugh clarified his thoughts, saying, “I don’t look at anybody as a NASCAR hick. I was simply trying to portray (that) this is the way the Democrats and the media look at Sarah Palin, and the way they look at NASCAR. Democrats look at NASCAR the way they look at pro-lifers: with contempt and condescension. And that’s all I was trying to relay. I have got nothing against NASCAR whatsoever."