Veteran sports writer Jim Utter covers NASCAR for The Charlotte Observer and its racing site, ThatsRacin.com. In this space, Jim writes about all things NASCAR and other forms of racing which may also be relevant ... or not.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mr. Keselowski goes to Washington
President Barack Obama will honor reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski next Tuesday at the White House. In a departure from recent seasons, only Keselowski and members of his championship-winning team will make the visit to Washington. In recent years, all drivers who qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup were invited. "Other sports have the priviledge to go to the White House and they don't bring all teams from the Final Four, they bring the championship team, so I think it falls in line with how other sports are treated," Keselowski told The Observer on Thursday. "It's always an honor to have the opportunity to go to the White House. It's probably more of an honor to go as the championship team. I really enjoyed going last year even though I wasn't a champion. I kind of feel bad for those who don't get to go who would have otherwise. But I'm going to have fun with it." Keselowski said the best part of being a champion is the showing of respect from different arenas, whether it be Washington, other sports stars or people in Hollywood. "That perspective from others is something I treasure and enjoy."