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Steve Bousquet column: Make NASCAR official state sport?

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Florida has an official state beverage (orange juice), bird (mockingbird), pie (key lime) and reptile (alligator).

Isn't it time we had an official state sport?

State Sen. Evelyn Lynn thinks so. She has filed a bill for the 2012 legislative session making auto racing the official sport of Florida.

The Ormond Beach Republican's Senate district includes much of Volusia County, home to Daytona International Speedway.

Lynn makes a good case, noting that racing has created lots of jobs and Daytona Beach is considered the birthplace of NASCAR, dating to those wild beach races in the 1950s featuring Hudsons, Chryslers and Mercurys.

"It seemed very appropriate to have that as our state sport," Lynn said.

Read Steve Bousquet's column here.

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:16pm]

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