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Evanston boy's illness leads to 'friendship we've made for life' with NASCAR driver

Evanston boy's illness leads to 'friendship we've made for life' with NASCAR driver

Jack Benjamin, 7, of Evanston, has a prediction about who will win the Sept. 20 NASCAR race at the Chicagoland Speedway.

"David Gilliland is going to win," Benjamin says.

The Orrington Elementary School second grader will be at the race cheering on Sprint Cup driver, David Gilliland, as Gilliland roars around the racetrack at more than 100 mph pushing his yellow and black race car to the limit in an attempt to take the checkered flag for one of his biggest and youngest fans.

Benjamin's youthful enthusiasm is understandable. He was recently named "miniature driver for a day," a celebration that tops off an annual fundraising campaign for the Children's...

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