Obama praises NASCAR champ Tony Stewart

Obama praises NASCAR champ Tony Stewart

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President Barack Obama, right, walks with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart during an event to honor him and the other 2011 Sprint Cup Series drivers at the White House on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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by AP

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Posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 6:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is praising NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart for "one of the most dramatic finishes that we have ever seen."

Obama welcomed Stewart and other top NASCAR drivers to the White House to celebrate Stewart's come-from-behind championship, his third title. The president noted Stewart nearly wrote off the season during the summer but charged back to win five races in the post-season and edge Carl Edwards.

Stewart and Edwards tied in the final Sprint Cup Series standings, but Stewart won the title based on his five victories. Obama credited Edwards for handling "disappointment with grace and class."

Obama got to admire red and black versions of Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet Impala. The president says "every year I try to take a lap. Nobody lets me do it."
 

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