Mitt Romney takes NASCAR detour to Daytona Beach

Mitt Romney, in a tight race against Rick Santorum for next week’s Michigan primary, took a side trip from Michigan campaigning to Daytona Beach, Fla., to attend the 54thrunning of the premier stock-car racing event of the season, the Daytona 500. It’s a regular pilgrimage for both past presidents and presidential contenders trying to solidify their standing with NASCAR dads, the bloc of patriotic, blue-collar voters with a history of voting Republican. Today’s Daytona 500 trip is Romney’s second appearance at the Daytona International Speedway. He toured the track in August 2007 as a presidential hopeful. - LAT

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