GOP Candidate For NC Governor NASCAR Race Starter

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Mayor of Charlotte Pat McCrory (Right) and television personality Ryan Seacrest (Left) before the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images for NASCAR)

Mayor of Charlotte Pat McCrory (Right) and television personality Ryan Seacrest (Left) before the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images for NASCAR)

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. Democatic candidate Walter Dalton has no public events planned Sunday.

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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