DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) - Decals bearing the name of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist have been removed from a car competing in the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona Beach after Republican Party of Florida officials complained.
Crist's name was to appear on Josh Wise's No. 98 car. The car's owner tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that the decals were removed Friday because of a complaint by Florida Republican officials alleging that the sponsorship violated campaign finance laws.
Crist's name appeared in six spots on the car with the phrase "Charlie Crist for Florida" across the hood before the decals were removed.
The car is scheduled appear in Saturday's race at Daytona International Speedway. It will now bear decals promoting singer Lee Brice and honoring the 30th anniversary of Richard Petty's 200th win.