NASCAR in the Nation's Capital

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Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick participated in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, here seen reading to a group of children on the South Lawn. (Photo: NASCAR Media)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - There was a distinct NASCAR flavor to this year's 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll and related activities that took place Monday.

Stewart-Haas Racing Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year contender Danica Patrick was among a group of professional athletes invited to participate.  She read the story, "Go, Dog.  Go!" to a group of children.  And Carl Edwards' Fastenal-sponsored No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was on display at The Ellipse in the nation's capital.

The 2013 Easter Egg Roll, which took place on the South Lawn of the White House, was focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!"  The event included live music, sports courts, cooking stations and storytelling ... encouraging children to lead healthy, active lives.

Minnesota-based Fastenal, North America's largest fastener distributor, will debut a military-themed paint scheme over Memorial Day weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  It'll be displayed on cars to be driven by Edwards and teammates Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

"This is a great opportunity to show a sign of respect for all branches of the military, and all of the men and women who’ve sacrificed for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted," said Fastenal Vice President of Marketing Pat Resch, a former member of the U.S. Navy and National Guard.  "We’re proud of all our employees but leading up to Memorial Day, we’re especially proud of the hundreds of current and former military personnel who are part of our team."

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