President Barack Obama speaks from the center podium as he honors 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington. NASCAR divers from left are, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman anf Kyle Busch.
Barack Obama, like many presidents before him, invites champs from pro and college sports to visit the White House, and NASCAR had its turn Tuesday. Champ Tony Stewart and last year's Chase contenders Kurt Busch, Denny Hamliin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch were all on hand.
Obama speaks from the center podium as he honors the 2011 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup finalists on the South Lawn.
What a finish
President Barack Obama praised winner Tony Stewart and NASCAR for "one of the most dramatic finishes that we have ever seen."
Way to go, Smoke
Obama shakes hands with Stewart as he honors the 2011 NASCAR champion.
Red, white and ...
Stewart brought his red No. 14 car with him for the presentation with the president.
What do you think?
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart (third from left) talks with fellow drivers Jeff Gordon (left), Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch after the event.