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“I don’t think that is anyone’s business,” Harvick said. “It is just a bad week for us.”

Some media outlets reported that Kurt Busch wouldn’t be going to the White House, either. Not so. His team rescheduled an important photo shoot for next year’s merchandise and marketing campaigns, a session that must be done by the end of the month to get everything ready before the team heads to Daytona for the start of the 2012 season.

“All along, it was my intention to go,” Busch said. “Who’s going to turn down an opportunity to go to the White House? For me, it’s an honor and a privilege. I have met both Bush and Obama. To be a Chase driver and go to the White House, that’s an important visit. You might not make the Chase every year and miss out on those opportunities.”

Burton said all the debate about NASCAR’s visit to the White House symbolizes a larger divide within the country.

“Ten years ago, after 9-11, this country was unified. This country was together,” he said. “Today, we’re sitting here talking as if someone, for political reasons, is going or not going to the White House. And we wonder why this country is in trouble. We can point the finger and blame all the people in Washington. Well, maybe we need to look in the damn mirror a little bit. Really. It’s our country.”

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