Cindy McCain, wife of GOP presidential nominee John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat Man acquitted over tweet offering 0 to killing an ICE agent Lessons of the Kamala Harris campaign MORE, will serve as Grand Marshal at NASCAR's Bank of America 500 this Saturday in Concord, North Carolina, the McCain campaign has announced.

This won't be the first attempt the McCain camp has made at winning over NASCAR fans this election: just last month, John and Cindy McCain appeared together at NASCAR's Sylvania 300 in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the Arizona senator greeted drivers as they were announced.

North Carolina, once seen as a safely red state for 2008, is now being discussed as a battleground for McCain and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFormer White House physician Ronny Jackson to run for Congress Obama issues statement praising Paul Volcker Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat MORE. McCain had led in every major poll taken in the state until late September, when surveys showed Obama taking a slim lead.

An average of major polls in the state now shows the two candidates in a statistical dead heat, with Obama leading by 1.8 percentatge points.