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Sarah Palin Caught Speeding in Alaska, Makes a NASCAR Joke

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First Posted: Jul 24, 2014 05:10 PM EDT
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Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin speaks at a rally supported by military veterans, Tea Party activists and Republicans, regarding the government shutdown on October 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The rally was centered around re-opening national memorials, including the World War Two Memorial in Washington DC, though the rally also focused on the government shutdown and frustrations against President Obama. (Photo : (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images))

Sarah Palin may be watching too much NASCAR and listening to a little too much of Sammy Hagar.

The former Alaska governor was allegedly caught speeding almost 20 mph over the speed limit in her hometown of Wasilla last Wednesday. According to reports, the Republican commentator was going 63 in a 45 pmh zone in her Toyota Tundra when she was stopped by a police officer who wrote her up.

When asked to explain her speeding citation, Palin cracked a NASCAR joke, telling TMZ, "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying." She also joked that the 1980s classic hard rock song "I Can't Drive 55" was playing on the radio, which is why she put the pedal to the metal.

Nonetheless, TMZ reported that Palin will pay the $154 citation.

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Meanwhile, earlier this month, it was announced that Republicans will flock to Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Committee (RNC) convention.

The former 2008 vice presidential candidate has been one of the key speakers at both the 2008 and 2012 RNC convention.

In 2016, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced during a Fox News interview that the next convention will be hosted in Ohio and would start on either June 28 or July 18 of 2016.

"We're excited about bringing the convention to Cleveland and Ohio," Priebus said. "It's a smart decision."

Cleveland beat out Dallas for the final nomination, which means that the GOP's nomination festivities will take place in a key presidential battleground state, reported Politico. No Republican has been elected into the Oval Office without winning Ohio since the 19th century.

The convention will also likely bring millions of dollars to the city just as it did in 2012, when Tampa, Florida, raked in $404 million from the RNC conference. More than 50,000 Republican delegates, party officials and reporters traveled to Tampa for the convention, according to a University of Tampa study.

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