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Politics President Donald Trump gives command for drivers to start their engines at Daytona 500

22:45  16 february  2020
22:45  16 february  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — President Donald Trump delivered the command for drivers to start their engines ahead of the 62nd Daytona 500 on Sunday.

a crowd of people standing around a plane: Fans watch from the grandstands as Air Force One, carrying President Donald Trump, prepares to land at Daytona International Airport before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Fans watch from the grandstands as Air Force One, carrying President Donald Trump, prepares to land at Daytona International Airport before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

“Daytona International Speedway, we love our country and it’s truly an honor to be with all of you at the Great American Race,” Trump said. “Gentlemen, start your engines.”

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Before making the command, Trump delivered remarks to the crowd just after 2:30 p.m. ET. He spoke for approximately four minutes at a podium set up in victory lane.

“For 500 heart-pounding miles, these fierce competitors will chase the checkered flag, fight for the Harley J. Earl trophy and make their play for pure American glory,” Trump said in those comments. And that’s what it is. Pure American glory.”

In an interview with Fox just before giving the command, Trump said he viewed the Daytona 500 “as almost a patriotism kind of thing.”

After arriving at Daytona International Speedway before the race, Trump was met at the Daytona Beach International Airport located behind the track by the France family. The family founded NASCAR in the 1940s. Former NASCAR CEO Brian France endorsed Trump for president at a 2016 rally for the then-candidate.

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Per a pool report from the White House press corps following the president, France stepped off Air Force One with the president. It would be the first public appearance at a race for the former CEO of NASCAR since he was arrested for DWI and drug possession in August of 2018.

Trump’s appearance at Daytona is the first for a sitting president since 2004, when George W. Bush came to the race. The president was invited to Daytona by Rep. Michael Waltz (R), the U.S. House member who represents the area of Florida that includes Daytona Beach.

The Daytona 500 is the fourth sporting event Trump has attended since he went to the World Series. After going to Alabama’s game against LSU in November Trump has been to Navy’s win over Army and LSU’s national championship game win against Clemson.

The president was in friendly territory at each of the last three sporting events and the Daytona 500 was no different. You didn’t have to look far to find Trump flags flying over campers and recreational vehicles and he received raucous cheers from among the 100,000 people set to attend. The reception was a contrast to the welcome that then-First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden received while at the 2011 NASCAR season finale at Homestead and a mini-controversy ensued about the booing that could be heard on the race telecast.

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  Trump giving election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump gave an election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans Sunday when he became the second president ever to attend the Daytona 500. Given the honor of commanding drivers to start their engines, Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race. He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight. The motorcade took roughly a quarter lap before pulling aside in an infield staging area.President George W. Bush also appeared at the race during his reelection year.

As Air Force One approached the airport before landing at 1:05 p.m., the plane dipped low and cruised over the track so fans could get a dramatic glimpse of the behemoth 747 before it touched down. No other sporting event would have allowed fans to get such a close glimpse of the president’s plane landing.

Trump’s presence at the track spurred intense security, especially in Daytona’s infield fan zones. Fans reportedly waited up to three hours to get into the infield areas behind pit road because of the Secret Service’s security protocols. Even drivers had to get checked by metal-detecting wands as they entered the garage area.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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