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President Obama Honors NASCAR Champions

Auto Racing Daily 20.08.2009 02:06
President Obama Honors NASCAR Champions - USA - Barack Obama - Sports - motorsports - NASCAR

US President Barack Obama welcomed star drivers from US stock car racing to the White House on Wednesday to honor three-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson led last weekend’s National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) event with two laps remaining but ran out of fuel and finished 33rd.

The US veteran racer did manage to get his number 48 car to the White House to be honored by Obama.

“In exchange for free parking,” the president said to Johnson, “he should let me take the 48 out for a few laps.”

But before Johnson could help the commander-in-chief into his helmet, Mr. Obama said the Secret Service didn’t think it was a good idea.

It was not the “Cash-for-Clunkers” program that brought #48 to the White House. Mr. Obama was hosting an event to salute Jimmie Johnson and his team as winners of the 2008 Sprint Cup, Johnson’s 3rd consecutive win.


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