President Trump hosts Joey Logano at The White House

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By Matt Courson, Staff Writer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald J. Trump honored defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano on the South Lawn at The White House on Tuesday afternoon (April 30) in Washington, D.C. Logano was accompanied by his wife, Brittany, team owner Roger Penske, crew chief Todd Gordon, and his No. 22 Penske Racing team.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Joey Logano, and Team Penske to the White House.  Joey, congratulations.  Fantastic.

“The battle for the championship was a nail-biter right to the end.  In the final race of the season, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway — a nice one — Joey took the lead in a daring high-line pass with only 11 laps to go, clinching the title.”

Roger Penske then spoke at the podium, thanking the President for inviting the team to celebrate a championship. “[It’s] certainly an honor for me to be here today and to have you invite our team to be a part of this great celebration of the 2018 Championship,” Penske said.

“To me, the opportunity for us to be at the nation’s capital today was amazing for our team.  The chance to visit the White House is something you dream about, and we can tell our grandkids forever of this great opportunity.” Penske thanked President Trump for his support of the nation’s military and first responders who keep the country secure.”

Logano took the podium and reflected on his 2018 championship run and thanked the President for the opportunity to visit.

President Donald J. Trump welcomed 2018 NASCAR champion to The White House on April 30, 2019. Photo by Jerry Jordan / Kickin’ the Tires

 “It’s such an honor to be speaking here,” said Logano.  “Actually, I kind of got to pinch myself to think what I’m doing here right now.  But what an amazing day we’ve had, an amazing run we had last year, to be able to win the championship.

“And like Roger and Mr. President said, it takes an amazing team to make that happen.  And today we had quite the experience to see your team — the team that makes our amazing country be what it is.  And this is a great reminder for myself, and I’m sure I’m speaking for my whole team, of what goes into our great country and our freedom and everyone that’s fought for that.  So I need to thank, obviously, our military and our leaders that give us the opportunity to go out there and do what we love every day.”

Joey Logano reflects on his 2018 championship run at The White House on April 30, 2019. Photo by Jerry Jordan / Kickin’ the Tires

The President added that he considers Mike Helton (NASCAR’s Vice Chairman) A. Lose friend and insisted that he could be as popular as NASCAR itself in its own way. “I’ve been with you for a long time,” President Trump said. “I sort of consider you a friend. I watch you on television. And you’re as famous as NASCAR, in its own way. Right? But you’ve done a great job, Mike — for being here.”

Logano concluded his speech by saying, “You know, to be a champion, you know, you don’t have to drive a racecar.  You don’t have to have a ring or a trophy.  Sometimes, being a champion, you can be doing the smallest things, and it’s just doing the right thing at the right moment, and helping those that need it the most. “

Joey Logano presented President Trump with a helmet worn during the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs along with a replica of the championship trophy. Photo by Jerry Jordan / Kickin’ the Tires

Logano then presented the President with a helmet that he wore during the 2018 NASCAR playoffs along with a replica of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy. Logano thanked President Trump for being president and giving him and his team an “amazing day”.

Logano’s visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the second champion to be hosted by the Trump administration as 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. visited last May. Jimmie Johnson, the 2016 champion, did not make the trip to Washington due to “scheduling and timing issues“, according to CBS Sports.

Logano’s 2018 season contained three victories, including the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Team Penske driver will be one of 16 drivers in the NASCAR playoffs later this year after Logano picked up the victory earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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