Donald Trump Becomes First President Named Daytona 500 Grand Marshal


President Donald Trump was named grand marshal of Sunday’s Daytona 500 in Florida, where he’ll get to announce the traditional command for the competitors to “start your engines.”

It’ll mark the first time a president, sitting or former, has ever held the role in what NASCAR bills as “The Great American Race,” Fox News reported.

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Fox News:

President Trump is taking part in this year’s Daytona 500.

Not as a driver, but as grand marshal, which means he gets to give the “start your engines” command to the 43 entrants in The Great American Race.

It’ll mark the first time a president, sitting or former, has ever held the role. The only other time a sitting president attended the race was when George Bush came in 2004, the year Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first 500.

Earnhardt was grand marshal in 2018 and will be on the stand this Sunday to wave the green flag as honorary starter.

Trump 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 last year.

And while the president won’t be getting on the track, his name will. Just not on Sunday. More

Great choice and Congratulations Mr. President. A good thing for Nascar and America. By far the most effective, productive and beneficial president in modern American history.

In honor of President Trump and the upcoming historic landslide election victory. I hope Nascar starts the race with right turns instead of left. We have been turning left far too long as a nation.

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