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PRESIDENTIAL GUESTS: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden visited NASCAR’s season finale.

The first lady and the vice president’s wife were on hand to honor military troops and families and recognize new commitments by companies planning to hire and train veterans and military spouses. It was part of their Joining Forces program.

The women received a standing ovation at the pre-race drivers’ meeting. Obama said NASCAR has been “amazing in terms of its support, not just today but every day for military families.”

“These military families are amazing,” Obama said. “Days like this just remind them that they do have a country that cares and appreciates what they do, and it means so much to them.”

Obama and Biden went from the drivers’ meeting to a barbecue for military families. They later served as grand marshals for the finale, delivering those famous racing words: “Gentlemen, start your engines.”