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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It's official. The iconic No. 3 car is coming back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The much-anticipated and long-awaited announcement was made Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where car owner Richard Childress introduced his grandson, Austin Dillon, as driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Together with officials representing sponsors from Dow Chemical and General Mills, they then unveiled two versions of the No. 3 race car that Dillon will pilot in 2014 for Richard Childress Racing.


They may have had to take one game to work the kinks out, but the Franklin High School Lady Panthers are looking to turn it on now that they have played the first four games of their season, posting a 3-1 record.

The first game of the season left some concerns when the team fell to T.C. Roberson on the road in a low scoring affair that resulted in a final score of 36-34. The team had a 22-5 record and went deep into the state playoffs just last year and was expected to be fairly dominant this season after losing only one player from last year's team.


Marcus Sayers spent three years coaching the wrestling team at Franklin High School before getting the opportunity to lead the Panthers this season.

“I am very excited that Coach Jay Brooks has given me the opportunity to be the head coach this year,” said Sayers.


At many sporting events that take place involving Franklin High School, the varsity cheerleaders can be seen and heard attempting to get the crowd behind the home team. During the fall, they flood the sidelines of the football field and the bleachers during the volleyball games and in the winter, they stand behind the basketball teams as they rack up wins. They are an important part of the sporting culture at FHS, but like any other sport, the squad has to put in the preparation and hard work.


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