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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon smiles as he celebrates his winning the pole for the Bank of America 500 as he exits his car on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race will be run on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR fan waits outside a gate for autographs following practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (48) Jimmie Johnson prepares to exit the garage for the start of practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans line up to take photographs of drivers as they exit the garage to begin practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (39) Ryan Newman waits in his car for the start of practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (31) Jeff Burton waits in his car for the start of practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (48) Jimmie Johnson watches foot traffic pass by the garage prior to the start of practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (31) Jeff Burton waits in his car for the start of practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (Back to Camera) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (5) Kasey Kahne stops to sign autographs for fans outside a gate following practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (Center) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (48) Jimmie Johnson runs to his transporter following practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (L-R) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (48) Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus wait for crew members to make adjustments to the car during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Chase Beck, 4 yrs., of Pittsburgh, Pa. waits outside a gate with family members for NASCAR drivers to exit so they can get autographs following practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Nationwide Series driver (3) Austin Dillon prepares for practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (L-R) Driver (22) Joey Logano talks with his Nationwide Series crew chief Jeremy Bullins during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (R-L) Driver (22) Joey Logano talks with his Nationwide Series crew chief Jeremy Bullins during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Nationwide Series crew chief Jeremy Bullins watches practice from atop a transporter during practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Nationwide Series (2) driver Brian Scott waits in the garage for crew members to make adjustments to his car during practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Driver Kevin Harvick waits in the garage for crew members to make adjustments to his car during practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (R-L) Driver Kevin Harvick talks with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday, Jr. in the garage while crew members make adjustments to Harvick's car during practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Driver Kyle Busch waits in the garage while crew members make adjustments to his car during practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (48) Jimmie Johnson listens to questions from the media during a press conference on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon signs autographs for fans as he walks to his car prior to practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (18) Kyle Busch waits in his car for the start of practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (15) Clint Bowyer jokes with driver (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr. prior to the start of practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (29) Kevin Harvick places his helmet on top of his car following practice laps on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (51) Kyle Larson talks with a crew member as his team make adjustments to the car on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (20) Matt Kenseth relaxes in the garage as members of his team make adjustments to his car on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Chad Knaus watches practice from atop a transporter on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (20) Matt Kenseth waits in the garage for his team to finish making adjustments to their car on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (10) Danica Patrick waits in the garage for her team to finish making adjustments to their car on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (L-R) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (31) Jeff Burton talks with a crew member in the garage during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (10) Danica Patrick looks over information in the garage during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (5) Kasey Kahne relaxes outside his garage stall during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving legend Richard Petty watches practice from atop a transporter during practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (2) Brad Keselowski watches his team make adjustments to his car during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (2) Brad Keselowski smiles as he waits in the garage for adjustments to be made to their car during a break in practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (Center) Karen Walker of Concord, NC watches qualifying for the Bank of America 500 with other fans along pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Concord, NC. Walker has been a NASCAR fan for years and is a Dale Jr. fan. Walker said, " I love it, TV doesn't do it justice." Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon celebrates his winning the pole for the Bank of America 500 as he exits his car on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race will be run on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    (L-R) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon talks with a crew member about his qualifying laps to win the pole for the Bank of America 500 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race will be run on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon is embraced by a member of his team as they celebrate Gordon's winning the pole for the Bank of America 500 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race will be run on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon leans back as he changes his hat while holding the pole winner trophy for the Bank of America 500 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race will be run on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon holds the pole winner trophy for the Bank of America 500 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race will be run on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver (24) Jeff Gordon holds the pole winner trophy for the Bank of America 500 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race will be run on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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