Obama Honors NASCAR as 'Uniquely American'

President praises stock racing's service ethic
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2009 5:45 PM CDT
President Barack Obama honors 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009.    (Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – First bowling, now NASCAR. President Obama continued his sports education today by honoring last year's champ, Jimmie Johnson, and the rest of NASCAR's top drivers at the White House. "NASCAR is a uniquely American sport," said the president, praising its rise from the humble roots of moonshiners racing around Daytona Beach. He also lauded its emphasis on civic service off the track.

"One of the core values of the NASCAR community is the belief that service isn't just something you do once in a while when it's convenient," said Obama. "It's a way of life."