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Senate votes to establish stock car racing as official state sport

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Senate has put the pedal to the metal, voting to establish stock car racing as the official state sport.

The Senate voted 46-3 on Wednesday to crank up the legislation and drive it toward the House after it sat in a committee for nearly two weeks.

Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County said lawmakers put the brakes on rival efforts to name the college basketball played at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the state sport.

North Carolina is home to more than 90 percent of NASCAR Sprint Cup teams and to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Other official designations have been bestowed on the Plott hound as state dog, the sweet potato as the state vegetable, and milk as the state beverage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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