Mr. Stewart goes to Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks directly to Nascar Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart during a visit by the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to the White House on April 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart to honor his championship season. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks directly to Nascar Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart during a visit by the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to the White House on April 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart to honor his championship season. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

2011 NASCAR champion Tony Stewart led a contingent of drivers to the White House Tuesday. Unlike the last time, there was no controversy before, during or after the made-for-PR-trip.

Last September Jimmie Johnson, the reigning NASCAR champion at the time, was invited to the White House along with drivers who had been in the previous Chase. Several drivers passed on the opportunity for various reasons setting off a firestorm in the mainstream press that took several weeks to cool.

Everyone who had been invited this time was in attendance Tuesday.

Tuesday the focus was on Anthony Stewart and his amazing championship win last season.MORE>>>

 

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