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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Track officials have canceled plans to have pro golfer Bubba Watson drive the car from the television series “The Dukes of Hazzard” at Phoenix International Raceway because of concerns about a negative reaction to an image of the confederate flag.

Watson was scheduled to drive the 1969 Dodge Charger, known as the “General Lee,” on a parade lap before the March 4 Sprint Cup series race at Phoenix. The car has a large confederate flag on its roof, just as it did when it appeared on the show.

In a statement, NASCAR spokesman David Higdon says the image of the confederate flag “is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive.”

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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