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FONTANA, Calif. - In a race that saw tire problems turn the contest upside-down, Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of the year six laps past its scheduled distance.

The first driver on four fresh tires for a restart on Lap 205 at Auto Club Speedway, Busch passed Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart on the next-to-last lap, bringing rookie Kyle Larson with him.

Able to keep Larson behind him on the final lap, Busch crossed the finish line .214 seconds ahead of the 21-year-old, who had won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the twomile track one day earlier.

The victory was Busch’s second straight and third overall at Fontana, his first of the season and the 29th of his career. Kurt Busch, who like Stewart took right-side tires only on the final pit stop on Lap 200, ran third, followed by polesitter Matt Kenseth and Stewart.


Franklin's Lady Panther soccer team has started its season strong by posting a 3-1 overall record and a 2-0 record in the 2-A WNC Athletic Conference.

The team's success could be due to the experience the players have on the field. The team has eight returning players from last year's team and five seniors.

“Our defensive line and keepers are top notch. They are experienced and some of the hardest working athletes I know, constantly trying to improve themselves and playing tough,” said head coach Rita Esterwood.


(First row, L-R) Jordin Nugent, Daniel Sanders, Bryson Burt, Chandler Harkins, Cameron Gibson;

(Second row, L-R) Kyle Norton. Jared Ledford, Hayden Price, Silas Raby, Dillon Daves, Landon Redoutey;

(Third row, L-R) Coach Tyler Brackett, Wyatt Burnette, Jackson Perone, Justin Penland and Coach Jeff Rousselle



The first annual St. Patty’s Day Mulligans 5K was held on Saturday along the Little Tennessee River Greenway.

With 100 percent of the proceeds from race entry fees being donated to CareNet, $400 was raised for the local organization.

Patrick Merritt was the overall male winner with a time of 21:36 and Brittany Murphy was the overall female winner with a time of 24:43.


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