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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

NASCAR champions, drivers honored at White House


President Obama's homage to NASCAR nation will have to wait.

The president had planned to welcome champion NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson -- and his car -- to the White House today. But Sunday's race in Pennsyvania got postponed a day for rain, and the White House had to change its schedule.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the event will be Aug. 19, instead.

Here's a picture of Johnson earlier this year at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

NASCAR has also become a symbol for white, rural voters who are courted by both parties. And given the fact that presidents love to associate with sports champions and other winners, expect the Johnson visit to be re-scheduled fairly soon.

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