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Johnson among drivers saluted

Updated: August 20, 2009, 1:05 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had the gas to get to the White House on Wednesday, where President Barack Obama honored the 2008 winner as well as auto racing.

"NASCAR is a uniquely American sport," Obama said beneath the South Portico, flanked by nine of the 12 drivers who competed last year for NASCAR's top prize. Three drivers had scheduling conflicts and could not attend.

Obama said NASCAR drivers work to support U.S. troops, local schools ...

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