President Donald Trump honored the 2018 NASCAR champions at the White House Monday morning and thanked them for always standing for the national anthem during a South Lawn ceremony.
“Many of you know NASCAR grew from the back roads of America’s South and the bright shores of Daytona Beach. Incredible place. To become one of the world’s premier and most beloved sports. I love it,” Trump said at the event.
“I will tell you, one thing I know about NASCAR, they do indeed … stand for the playing of the national anthem,” he said.
He added, “Somebody said, ‘Maybe you shouldn’t say that. That will be controversial.’ I said that’s okay. NASCAR is not going to mind it at all. They don’t mind it at all.”
The event was to honor the NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. and his team. “Does it get lonely being in front?” Trump asked Truex Jr., to which he replied no.
“I had the feeling he would say that. Thanks to incredible speed. Lightning fast pit stops, and exceptional driving this team stood alone among NASCAR many contenders,” Trump continued.