Videos: Nationals racing presidents salute Indy 500 with dual races – Abe wins qualifier, takes trophy

The Washington Nationals racing presidents paid tribute to Monday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 by sporting helmets and steering wheels, and running an extra qualifying race in the first inning Sunday at Nationals Park.

Indy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Qualifier Start Your EnginesIndy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Hoover Spins Out of ControlIndy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Lincoln takes the trophyThe first inning race, which saw Lincoln, Jefferson, Taft, and Hoover cross the finish line first, marked the only time the Nationals have ever run an extra presidents race before the 13th inning.

George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt failed to make the cut, and so they sat on the sidelines as the final race began in the usual fourth inning slot.

“Start your engines!” called Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska as the four qualifying presidents lined up for the finale. “3-2-1… They’re off!”

Herbert Hoover got a strong start in the finale and appeared headed to victory, but the 31st president “spun out” in the home stretch, leaving an opening for Abe Lincoln to take the checkered flag. Lincoln received a trophy — rather than the usual belt — to mark the occasion.


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Video: Teddy Roosevelt speaks softly and carries a big popsicle

Presidents race teddy Roosevelt Rocket pop popsiclePresidents race Nationals Teddy Roosevelt Rocket pop Big popsicleThe long-awaited warm weather finally arrived at Nationals Park for Memorial Day Weekend, and so Saturday night at Nationals Park, racing president Teddy Roosevelt decided to offer some relief to the crowd.

As the fourth inning race began, Teddy skipped the starting gate, and appeared instead along the first base line, tossing frozen popsicles into the crowd in section 134.

As Roosevelt’s fellow presidents approached the home stretch, Teddy retrieved a giant Rocket Pop from the stands and took a big swing at the oncoming pack.

The group hit the ground and Teddy executed a “bat flip” of the Rocket Pop before turning and stealing the win.

Video: Abe Lincoln finds his form, taunts his fellow racing presidents

Abe Lincoln Washington Nationals presidents race sitting readingAbe Lincoln taunts Nationals racing presidentsWhatever was bothering the Great Emancipator has clearly left the building.

Once-dominant racing president Abraham Lincoln didn’t win his first race at Nationals Park until May 11 of this season, but since then, the 16th president has been hot.

In a scene reminiscent of his glory years as Nationals Park’s resident speedster, Lincoln began Thursday night’s race seated in a folding chair on the warning track, reading while the race began.

After giving the founding fathers a good head start, Honest Abe took off and lapped the field, then did a victory dance to celebrate his fourth win of the season.

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Lincoln hoards the good luck on National Lucky Penny Day

Abe Lincoln National Penny DayThe Nationals returned to Nationals Park Monday to kick off this week’s homestand on National Lucky Penny Day, and racing president Abe Lincoln decided to do his part by dropping a penny on the warning track for the other presidents to find.

Unfortunately the penny, which is supposed to bring good luck to the finder, didn’t do it’s job, as Abe simply raced ahead to steal the victory.

Video: In Hoover’s absence, Teddy Roosevelt wins twice

Presidents Race starting linePresidents Race Teddy Roosevelt winsHerbert Hoover skipped his fifth straight race Saturday as the Nationals racing presidents battled twice — once in each of the day’s doubleheader games at Nationals Park.

Teddy Roosevelt repeated a feat he had remarkably accomplished before, winning two regular season races on the same day.

In the opener, the presidents took the unusual step of entering the field and forming a starting line. With Nats PA Announcer Jerome Hruska calling the start, giving each of the presidents an equal chance, Teddy pulled away victorious.

In the nightcap, it was once again a field of five. George Washington gave Teddy a run for him money, but the Bull Moose prevailed, thus passing Herbert Hoover to take over first place in the standings.



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Video: Racing presidents play volleyball — er, Hooverball — with six pound medicine ball

A ten game road trip gave the Washington Nationals racing presidents lots of time to plan some new hijinks, and they arguably delivered to start this week’s homestand at Nationals Park.

Presidents Race VolleyballPresidents Race Volleyball_002On Monday night, the presidents appeared for the first time wearing contrasting uniforms, with the 18th and 19th century presidents matching the team’s home whites while the 20th century presidents waited for them in foul territory wearing alternate red uniforms.

By the time Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln arrived, a volleyball net had been erected, and a referee kicked off a quick volley using a six pound medicine ball.

The game, as it turns out, is known as Hooverball, and was invented by president Herbert Hoover’s personal physician to help him keep fit in office. The rules, as it turns out, are not simple.

When Jefferson missed a volley, Hoover and Roosevelt turned and dashed to the finish line, but of course Herbie beat Teddy at the tape.

Thanks to alert reader John for the explanation.

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Video: Racing presidents moonwalk in tinfoil helmets for visiting astronaut Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut presidents raceAstronaut Kjell Lindgren WashingtonPresidents race moonwalkIn his recent 5 month stint aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Kjell Lindgren likely never saw anything as alien-looking as the sight that greeted him at the presidents race finish line Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

Lindgren is in D.C. this week to speak about his mission and promote space travel to the next generation of astronauts, so there he was in the fourth inning, holding the Nationals’ presidents race finish line tape along the first base line.

What emerged from the centerfield gate caused more than a few fans to wonder what was going on: six giant figures running around the warning track with their heads wrapped in aluminum foil.

“It looks like they’ve all made their own space helmets,” explained Nationals Park PA announcer Jerome Hruska as the presidents dashed toward Lindgren. “They’re headed into the right field corner, and we’re not entirely sure who’s who!”

Then, just before hitting the tape, they all stopped, turned around, and began moon walking to the finish line. Video below.

Bill Taft Astronaut

Racing “Astronaut” William Howard Taft

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Astronaut Kjell Lindgren is greeted at the finish line by racing president William Howard Taft


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Finish line photo by Denise Kloke

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