Rumsfeld, honorary grand marshal for the race, also got a standing ovation during the prerace drivers meeting.
The Instapundit link to the San Jose Mercury News article requires registration, but this one doesn't. It brought to mind something I wrote a long time ago about NASCAR Dads, and about NASCAR Democrats and the condescenion that they were treated with by some elites.
Oh, and I found out how faulty my memory has become. Turns out I registered as a Repbulican back in October '03, or whenever the California recall and the election of Arnie.