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President Donald Trump awards Medal of Freedom to Roger Penske


President Donald Trump awarded car owner Roger Penske the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, Thursday in a ceremony at the White House.

“A legend in so many ways,” President Trump said of Penske.

The Medal of Freedom was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and is awarded to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

“Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom is really something special,” Penske said during the White House ceremony, “and to me it means more than any business success or motorsports trophy.”

Others who have been awarded the Medal of Freedom since 2018 by President Trump include Tiger Woods, Elvis Presley, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former NFL great Roger Staubach and former NBA greats Bob Cousy and Jerry West.

Team Penske has recorded 545 major race wins, 621 pole positions and 36 championships. His teams have won the Indianapolis 500 a record 18 times. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January. His IndyCar team won the championship this year with Josef Newgarden. Team Penske has two drivers, reigning series champion Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup playoffs.

Penske is the founder and chairman of Penske Corp., which manages businesses with consolidated revenues of more than $32 billion and employs more than 64,000 people worldwide.



NASCAR America — My Home Track: Mississippi’s Whynot Motorsports Park

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On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, we traveled to the Magnolia State, home of NASCAR Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., as well as the king of rock and roll, the late Elvis Presley.

Yes, we’re talking about Mississippi and checked out the racing at one of the state’s top short tracks, Whynot Motorsports Park in the town of Meridian.

Ray Evernham’s ‘Americarna’ returns with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and The (other) King

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The second season premiere of Ray Evernham’s Americana show will feature starpower from the musical and NASCAR worlds.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Sprint Cup team owner Rick Hendrick join Evernham (the former crew chief who won three championships with Jeff Gordon) for a ride in Elvis Presley’s Stutz.

The program airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday on the Velocity Channel.