COLUMBIA, SC — The Buzz found that racing and politics mixed at Darlington Raceway's Southern 500 on Saturday.
• U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, drove a ceremonial pace car around the 1.366-mile track before the start of the race. Scott pledged to The Buzz just before he sped away that he would not request a federal appropriation if he wrecked the 500-horsepower red Mustang GT Aluminator XS.
• Republican lieutenant governor candidate Mike Campbell was scheduled to appear with famed pro wrestler Ric Flair at the track. But the tag team failed. Campbell still stumped at the egg-shaped oval. Now the son of late Gov. Carroll Campbell and The Nature Boy will campaign at Hootie & the Blowfish's Monday After the Masters golf event in North Myrtle Beach, his campaign told The Buzz.
• The Buzz spotted another lieutenant governor candidate, Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers, walking through the pits before the race. He did not have a wrestler with him nor did the track let him drive a hot rod.