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Goo Goo Dolls to headline pre-race concert during Bank of America 500

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One of the most recognized rock alternative bands of the last two decades will help kick off the only Saturday night race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship when the Goo Goo Dolls perform during the Fast Cars and Guitars prerace concert at the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 12.

Formed in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1985, the multi-platinum-selling group has notched a record 14 Top 10 singles on Billboard's Adult Top 40 charts since it was launched in 1996, including hits like "Name," "Slide," "Here is Gone," "Big Machine," "Let Love In" and "Home."

The Goo Goo Dolls' most iconic hit, the 1998 single "Iris," ranked No. 1 on Billboard's "Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012" chart and earned the band three GRAMMY nominations.

Originally written for the "City of Angels" soundtrack, "Iris" has remained ingrained in the pop consciousness for decades, even climbing as high as No. 3 on the UK Billboard charts in 2011, 13 years after it was first released.

The Goo Goo Dolls has sold more than 10 million albums over 25 years and released its 10th studio album, "Magnetic," earlier this year. The group, which has performed sold-out shows at iconic venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater, Ford Field and London's Hyde Park, is eager to add Charlotte Motor Speedway to their catalog of performances.

"It's amazing to be included in this long tradition of racing here at Charlotte Speedway," said Goo Goo Dolls founding member and bassist Robby Takac. "We've performed in some pretty unique venues over the years and being given the opportunity to add The Bank of America 500 to that list is a great honor."

Charlotte, N.C.-based alternative rock band Paper Tounges will warm up the crowd for the Fast Cars and Guitars event beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a high-energy performance including hits like "Ride To California," "Trinity" and Get Higher.

The Goo Goo Dolls are scheduled to take the stage at approximately 5:30 p.m. The concert is free to all Saturday ticket holders, and fans purchase a pit pass upgrade will have stage-front access to the performance.

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