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Charlie Crist NASCAR sponsorship scrubbed

  Josh Wise's crew services his car in the garage area during Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. The Charlie Crist stickers are clearly visible, but have since been ordered removed

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Josh Wise's crew services his car in the garage area during Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. The Charlie Crist stickers are clearly visible, but have since been ordered removed

The red flag has been waved on Charlie Crist at the Daytona International Speedway.

A campaign gift of a NASCAR sponsorship for Saturday's nationally televised Coke Zero 400 is now off — not because the rival Republican Party of Florida complained, but because the registered owner of the race car in question, record producer Mike Curb, used to be a Republican lieutenant governor of California and asked the decals not appear.

"I did it out of respect to Mike Curb, who is a staunch Republican and he didn't feel comfortable and he's been a huge supporter and a partner to us from the very start," racing car partner Phil Parsons told the Sporting News at the speedway Friday morning. "In respect to Michael, we decided to take it off."

Parsons told the Sporting News that he had been paid by a supporter of Crist's to put the Democratic gubernatorial candidate stickers on the No. 98 car driven by Josh Wise.

Crist's name was to appear in six places on the car. The sponsorship was reported to be worth between $25,000 and $50,000.

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[Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2014 3:29pm]

    

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