Five NASCAR Drivers Say "No Thanks" To White House Invite

September 2, 2011
Tony Stewart in Goody's vs. BC commercial

Tony Stewart in Goody's vs. BC commercial

When the President of the United States asks you to drop by for lunch, you generally find a way to re-arrange your schedule to fit him in. At least that’s how it was previously, back in the days when athletes considered a White House invitation to be an honor.

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That’s not the case with five out of the eleven drivers from last year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, who have declined an invitation to a White House ceremony on Wednesday, September 7. Sitting the event out will be Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, since all five have “scheduling conflicts” with the ceremony.

Attending on behalf of NASCAR will be Jimmie Johnson (the 2010 Sprint Cup Champion), Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Clint Boyer, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.

The five drivers declining the ceremony are surely not the first athletes or celebrities to decline a White House event, but the sheer number of drivers declining (45 percent) is enough to raise an eyebrow.

What’s your take on this? Are their motivations political, or do you believe that all five have legitimate scheduling conflicts that can’t be avoided?

[SB Nation]

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