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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican who wants to become North Carolina’s governor is joining West Virginia’s current governor and a swimsuit model to handle some of the honors ahead of Charlotte’s big NASCAR race.

GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory will serve as honorary starter of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Democratic candidate Walter Dalton has no public events planned Sunday.

Progress NC Action said it planned to sponsor a banner flying over the race highlighting questions about McCrory’s tenure as mayor.

The grand marshal of Sunday’s NASCAR race is West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

Model, actress and Charlotte native Brooklyn Decker is the honorary race director and will ride in an official pace car. She appears in the Hollywood movie “Battleship.”

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