CONCORD (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue is waving the green flag to make stock car racing North Carolina's official sport.
Perdue planned to visit Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday and sign a bill that makes official the state's close and longstanding connection with the popular pastime.
Elementary school students urged legislators to place stock car racing on the list of state superlatives — the state bird is already the cardinal, the turtle is the state reptile and the sweet potato the official vegetable.
Perdue's office says members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame are expected to attend the ceremony.
The bill notes that North Carolina's motorsports industry creates more than 20,000 jobs in the state and is home to racing greats such as Richard Petty and Junior Johnson.