Vice President Dick Cheney attended the 48th annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday, July 1 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Vice President Cheney spoke to race fans during pre-race ceremonies for the mid-summer classic. In addition to meeting with NASCAR executives, he also spoke at the driver's meeting and visited with the U.S. Army, National Guard and Air Force sponsored race teams during his stay at "The World Center of Racing."

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Vice President Cheney's attendance at the Pepsi 400 continues the tradition of high-profile elected officials that have visited Daytona International Speedway.

In the 1984 Pepsi 400, the late President Ronald Reagan gave the starting command from Air Force One. Reagan, who became the first sitting President to attend a NASCAR race, witnessed Richard Petty earn his 200th NASCAR win.

President George H.W. Bush attended the 1992 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, and current President George W. Bush served as the Grand Marshal for the Pepsi 400 during his 2000 presidential campaign and served as Grand Marshal for the 2004 Daytona 500.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld served as Grand Marshal for last year's 2005 Pepsi 400.