Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Donald Trump’s election year NASCAR visit washed out

Donald Trump’s election year NASCAR visit washed out

President Donald Trump thrilled NASCAR fans on Sunday, arriving to the Daytona 500 race in dramatic fashion with an Air Force One flyby ahead of the race. He had joked moments earlier in a Fox interview that, while president, he was not allowed to drive his own vehicle, so "I'm going to hop into one of these cars and I'm going to get into this race if possible".

In what is likely to be Jimmie Johnson's Daytona 500 swan song, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion is 20-1 to win his third Great American Race.

After jetting over the raceway on Air Force One, the president and Melania then entered the Daytona International Speedway and made a lap around the track in the president's 10-ton armored Cadillac sedan, dubbed "The Beast".

The president welcomed Gold Star families as guests to the race, thanking their fallen loved ones for their service.

The president's motorcade took a lap around the famous track before the green flag.

Trump served as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 and gave the command for drivers to start their engines.

President George W. Bush appeared at the race during his reelection year.

Justin Allgaier got caught up in late race wreck
Justin Allgaier got caught up in late race wreck

Asked what it was about NASCAR that he most enjoyed, the president said, "I think it's really the bravery of these takes great courage".

The president said the drivers are competing for "pure American glory". So exciting. The Daytona 500 is a legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits, and the American skill, speed and power that we've been hearing about for so many years.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

That earlier tweet got the attention of Donald Trump Jr., who responded: "DM me".

Florida is one of a handful of us states that swing between Democrat and Republican in presidential elections.

Deegan and the Trumps were all smiles ahead of the race in Florida. He spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

Last week Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg dominated the New Hampshire primary election, with both snagging nine delegates each and Sanders gaining the most votes.

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