Clinton to Visit Indianapolis Speedway

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From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:

EVANSVILLE, IND. -- Hillary Clinton has spent weeks zipping around Indiana in the run up to Tuesday's primary without visiting one of the state's most prized possessions, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the famous Indianapolis 500. But today, Clinton will take her motorcade to the speedway where she will officially pick up the endorsement of Indy 500 driver Sarah Fisher, an Indy racer who is the youngest woman ever to compete in the Indianapolis 500.

In fairness, Sunday at the Indiana Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Clinton did make reference to the speedway saying, "With the Indy 500 right around the corner, let me ask: Indiana Democrats, are you ready to start your engines?"

As Clinton has campaigned across North Carolina and Indiana, two states with deep histories rooted in sports like basketball and auto racing, Clinton has been unable to resist using traditionally mundane sports references on the stump.

At a firehouse rally in southern Indiana last night, Clinton talked about the days of playing 3-on-3 basketball and told the crowd that its important for America to play both "defense and offense" in dealing with issues like health care, the economy and the housing crunch.

Over the weekend at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Museum, Clinton went on and on with the racing metaphors. "I've been nicked and bumped and knocked around a few times, but I've managed to get to the finish line," Clinton said, drawing applause from the small crowd.

Less than two weeks ago, Clinton held a rally at a minor league stadium where she enlightened the crowd with this metaphor: "We're going to hit some of those balls out of this stadium and out of our country's stadium because we're going to go to bat and fix America together," she told a crowd at a South Bend, Ind., minor league baseball park. "We're going to go fight for America, we're going to round the bases, we're going to score a lot of runs, and we're going to feel really good about the home team, namely the American team, the team we're all a part of!"

It remains to be seen whether Clinton's visit to the speedway will lead to a victory lap after today's primary.