Some NASCAR lovers didn’t show their love for Michelle Obama at the Sprint Cup Finale earlier today. She was booed by fans before telling the drivers, “Gentlemen, start your engines”. She and Dr. Jill Biden were Grand Marshals for the Ford 400 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Tony Stewart beat Carl Edwards, who led 119 out of 267 laps and finished second, for the win and the Sprint Cup Championship.
Earlier in the day, the First Lady and the Vice President’s wife were met with a warm welcome at a private barbecue where members of the military and their families were present, with both Obama and Biden shaking hands and giving hugs to the many who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Both were invited to the season finale race so that more would be aware of their Joining Forces initiative, which supports military families and helps the vets find employment. At the drivers’ meeting Sunday afternoon, she said:
“I know this is a big day for all of you so we’re not going to take up your time because you need to be focused,” Obama said. “We just wanted to stop by and say thank you. NASCAR has just been amazing in terms of its support not just today, but everyday of military families.”
As she and Biden took the stage, she was booed by the fans before the ceremonial, “Gentleman, start your engines”. Check out the video below.
This is Stewart’s third NASCAR championship.
Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009 and is co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. His win today makes him the first owner/driver to win the championship since 1992, when Alan Kulwicki pulled off that accomplishment. Of his win, he said:
“We said all week, (if) we just go out and win the race, we didn’t have to worry about what he did—and that’s what we did. If this doesn’t go down as one of the greatest championship battles in history, I don’t know what will.”
Congrats to Tony Stewart! Highlights from the race are below.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Jeff Daly