Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Trump Makes Grand Entrance at Daytona 500

Trump Makes Grand Entrance at Daytona 500

Trump is the second president to make an appearance at the Daytona 500; President George W. Bush was the first in 2004. "Gentlemen, start your engines!" "NASCAR fans are patriots who support the president in huge numbers, so we definitely wanted to communicate directly with them about Keeping America Great during the Great American Race".

"We're honored that the President of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of "The Great American Race" by attending Sunday's 62nd annual DAYTONA 500", Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said in a statement last week.

The stoppage dampened NASCAR's season opener that started with a ballyhooed visit from President Donald Trump.

The race will resume Monday-on Presidents Day-at 4 p.m. ET at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Trump, who was endorsed in 2016 by former NASCAR CEO Brian France Jr., has hosted series champions Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.at The White House and gave NASCAR team owner Roger Penske the Presidential Medal of Freedom a year ago. The superspeedway-sized lines spurred Stenhouse to perk up fans who helped sell out the Daytona 500 for the fifth straight year. The Cadillac stayed on the apron of the race track. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN's broadcast.

Why did President Trump stay on the apron? The bullet windows alone are 5 inches thick.

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However, that's not all he did.

He was asked by NASCAR officials to pace the field for the start of the race. "Have a great race".

"Drivers, this is President Trump, it was an honor to open the Daytona 500. God bless you. We love you".

Roughly 10 minutes after the pop-up shower began, the rain stopped, and the sun came out as NASCAR began drying the track.

They did get a chance to race, an uneventful 20-lap parade in which the top five never changed positions. Track workers eventually started passing out free water. Pole victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the first 20 laps as the field settled in to single-file racing before rain halted the race for the second time bringing out the first red flag.

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