Video: “Best Presidents Race of the Year” as Teddy dives to rob George Washington

Best Washington Nationals presidents race of 2013 Teddy wins photo finishIn what Nationals play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter said “might be the best GEICO presidents race of the year,” the Nationals racing presidents ran neck and neck for a breakneck 25 second pace Sunday after noon at Nationals Park.

In the home stretch, it appeared that George Washington had victory at hand, but Teddy Roosevelt charged from behind and dove for the finish line, falling over the tape as George stretched out his hands in apparent victory.

Race judge Screech awarded the photo finish victory to Roosevelt, keeping Washington’s magic number stuck at three.

Here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from Sunday’s broadcast:

Video: Lincoln celebrates prematurely, Washington wins Capital Bikeshare race

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Capital bikeshare presidents race Nationals Park

Perhaps the closest presidents race ever (Image/MASN)

Capital bikeshare Nationals presidents race Abe celebrates

…and Lincoln celebrates prematurely

Abe Lincoln thought he had his second presidents race victory of the season, but it turns out he celebrated prematurely.

The Nationals returned to town Tuesday night and got down to the business of protecting their turf, dealing a home brewed walk-off win vs. the New York Mets.

Abe Lincoln, who’s had a rough start to the 2013 season, also sought a return to his old winning ways in the fourth inning presidents race, as the mascot team pulled out an old favorite gimmick, riding aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

Teddy had the early lead, but was overtaken by George Washington and Abe Lincoln, who sprinted for the finish line neck and neck.

In possibly the closest photo finish in presidents race history, the bikes hit the tape seemingly simultaneously. Lincoln raised his fist in triumph, but though TV replay suggested that his front wheel may have been a hair in front of Washington’s, it was George who had leaned forward with his ten foot frame and taken the victory.

Lincoln remains in sold possession of last place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln brings back the dirty tricks, George wins photo finish

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“Honest” Abe Lincoln returned to familiar territory Friday night at Nationals Park, disrupting and otherwise clean race with dirty tricks directed at the winless Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Lincoln sat out the race, but emerged from the bullpen to put a body slam on Teddy and Bill to knock them out of contention.

In the first photo finish of the season, George Washington leaned across the tape to edge out Thomas Jefferson at the wire.

With his eighth consecutive win, the father of our country is threatening to turn the season into a laugher.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Did George Win? Jefferson handed controversial presidents race victory

Did Screech blow the call?

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Photo FinishWednesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park may have been the closest in racing president history, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson hitting the finish line at precisely the same time.

With NASCAR champion Austin Dillon on hand to wave the checkered flag Wednesday, race judge Screech was unusually liberated to focus on making the correct call.

Yet many on hand, including the MASN play-by-play team of Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo, felt that George Washington was robbed when Screech awarded the ‘W’ to Thomas Jefferson.

George reached out and grabbed the tape as he fell forward across the finish line, but even the slo-mo replay below is inconclusive as to whether Jefferson had already touched the tape.

Video #2 courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: In his Sunday best, Teddy nearly pulls it off

Teddy Roosevent nearly wins the presidents race at Nationals ParkDressed in their traditional Sunday garb, the Nationals racing presidents ran one of the closer races of the season Sunday at Nationals Park.

Teddy Roosevelt jumped to a quick start and held off his competition into the right field corner, but Abe Lincoln beat the Rough Rider in a sprint to the finish, turning to both block and taunt him right at the finish line.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Did Teddy give up at the finish?

Presidents Race photo finish - Washington NationalsPresidents Race photo finish - Washington NationalsTeddy Roosevelt seemed to have victory in hand Sunday at Nationals Park.

In one of his more inspired races, #26 overcame a bad start, working his way to the front of the pack with a burst of speed around the right field corner.

Teddy had the upper hand in one of the tightest presidential finishing packs ever, but he seemed to pull up at the end, taking a crooked angle towards the finish line as George barely edged Abe in a photo finish.

After seeminly handing the race to Washington, Teddy tweeted “This is your dayyyy….George!” Hardly the rallying cry Teddy’s fans are looking for.

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