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Sport Daytona 500 resumes without president, pomp, packed house

19:30  17 february  2020
19:30  17 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

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The Daytona 500 was scheduled to resume Monday afternoon after “The Great American Race” was postponed for just the second time in 62 years. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The president is gone. So are the clouds, the long lines and most of the crowd. The Daytona 500 was scheduled to

The Daytona 500 was scheduled to resume Monday afternoon after “The Great American Race” was postponed for just the second time in 62 years. Monday marks the third time the Daytona 500 will be run on Presidents Day, the other two in 1959 and 1970. Much of the sellout crowd that was on hand

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The president is gone. So are the clouds, the long lines and most of the crowd.

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The president is gone. So are the clouds, the long lines and most of the crowd.

The Daytona 500 was scheduled to resume Monday afternoon after “The Great American Race” was postponed for just the second time in 62 years. Rain halted the event at just 20 laps, with pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. out front the entire way at Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500 was scheduled to resume Monday afternoon after “The Great American Race” was postponed for just the second time in 62 years. Rain halted the event at just 20 laps, with pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. out front the entire way at Daytona International Speedway.

The rain began moments after President Donald Trump and his motorcade completed a ceremonial lap around the apron of the famed speedway. As the caravan pulled off the track, the sky opened and the race did not begin.

The start already had been delayed 13 minutes to accommodate Trump’s appearance, his remarks to an enthusiastic crowd that chanted “Four More Years!” and finally his command for drivers to start their engines. The idea was for the field of 40 to be racing as Air Force One took off from the Daytona airport, located just a few hundred yards behind the track, recreating iconic photos of visits from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

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Trump was just the second sitting president to attend the Daytona 500, and first to be given a pre-race role. Reagan and George H.W. Bush attended summer races at Daytona.

Trump was personally welcomed at the airport by the France family, which owns NASCAR, and met in a secure area with at least a dozen drivers. He and the first lady posed for selfies with the drivers.

Trump also gave a rare autograph to rising star Hailie Deegan when he signed her racing helmet — an endeavor negotiated via Twitter direct messages between the 18-year-old Deegan and Donald Trump Jr.

Deegan posted pictures of her meet-and-greet on social media.

But the more-coveted photo opp never materialized as drivers were huddled under umbrellas for a nearly hour-long wait while Air Force One took off over the speedway.

They did get a chance to race, an uneventful 20-lap parade in which the top five never changed positions. Then the rain came again, and the most eventful part of the evening occurred: Timmy Hill, making his Daytona 500 debut, wandered into the infield media center looking for food because the Bojangles stand in the fan area was out of chicken.

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Daytona 500 resumes without president , pomp , packed house . The president is gone. So are the clouds, the long lines and most of the crowd. Trump to attend NASCAR’s Daytona 500 .

President Donald Trump on Sunday welcomed NASCAR fans to the start of this year's Daytona 500 with a lap around the Florida race track in his presidential limousine.

Hill made light of the strange day in an impromptu news conference. What started with such promise, pomp and circumstance ended with soaked fans scurrying away after already waiting in lines for hours because of the heightened security that comes with a presidential visit.

But NASCAR was committed to running its version of the Super Bowl and called teams back to their cars after a second delay that lasted more than two hours. This was long after crew members had been seen packing up their belongings and exiting the garage, and despite a weather radar that forecast imminent heavy rain.

Teams and drivers trudged out to pit road, only for the sky to open and drench everyone. Drivers were among those seen sprinting off pit road as the blinding rain forced NASCAR to immediately call it a day. The last postponement was in 2012, and that was the first time in Daytona 500 history the race was not completed as scheduled.

Monday marks the third time the Daytona 500 will be run on Presidents Day, the other two in 1959 and 1970.

Much of the sellout crowd that was on hand for Sunday's opener and Trump's ballyhooed visit won't stick around for the afternoon start.

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  Trump arrives at Daytona 500, sets off raucous celebration DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump made a dramatic entrance at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, setting off a raucous celebration at the famed NASCAR track. Thousands cheered as Air Force One performed a flyover and landed at Daytona International Airport a few hundred yards behind the track. Trump's motorcade arrived a few minutes later, prompting another loud ovation. Both entrances were broadcast on giant video boards around the superspeedway. At least a dozen drivers were escorted from the pre-race meeting to a private introduction with Trump. “I got to meet the president! How cool is that?” driver Aric Almirola said.

Many fans expressed frustration Sunday with long waits at entrance gates, delays caused by Secret Service bag checks and metal detectors.

Fans stuck in line for up to three hours complained they had no water and no way to use restrooms. Track workers eventually started passing out free water.

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