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NASCAR moves up start of Bank of America 500

NASCAR moves up start of Bank of America 500

Formula One: Championship leader Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes drivers.

"We are so excited to partner with Dale Jr. and his foundation to make a dream come true this weekend", Elizabeth Lindsey, Dream On 3 executive director, said Friday. "Your head's moving all over the headrest".

Gaughan, 42, is now in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs and is competing in his 20th season as a NASCAR driver.

LIFE IS GOOD: Truex has been hard to catch this season and leads the series with five wins, 19 stage victories and 59 playoff points.

"It's definitely a motivation tool", he said of the Monster Energy Series shutout. Taking the checkered flag would be another.




"There's a lot of racing to go", Busch said.

It's been a nice change of pace for the No. 18 driver, who for years seemed to find new ways to unexpectedly exit the playoffs.

"My dream is to see a NASCAR race and meet Dale Earnhardt Jr.", the boy from Rutherfordton said. "Even the year before '15 I thought we were pretty good and sitting pretty good in the playoff standings". "So we've got the starting spot to do it". I want everybody to be happy, that's kind of my thing, the way I've always been. I played one year, and I was the back-up, so I sat on the bench all year and I got to play a couple of games. "Adam was trying to console me, if you will, over the radio about what our plan was and I was like 'Just admit it man, we don't have a plan.' There are those moments that may still pop up but we hope they don't".

Hamlin will start alongside his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Matt Kenseth. He's lagging behind Truex, victor of the playoff opener at Chicago, and teammate Busch, victor the last two weeks.


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