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Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

SONOMA, Calif. Two of NASCAR's biggest stars expressed support Friday for NASCAR's stance this week on removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds. Four-time Cup series champion Jeff Gordon and NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., said they agreed with NASCAR's support this week of the efforts of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and others to remove the flag. A national groundswell of support for removal of the flag has grown since last week's shooting deaths of nine African-American members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. "As far as the Confederate flag, I think that ... I know how we approach it at Hendrick...

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