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Former NASCAR national series competitor Colin Braun led his CORE Autosport team to victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona's Prototype Challenge class, after starting the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 on the pole. The car – with Braun, Jon Bennett, James Gue and Mark Wilkins the drivers – finished ninth overall.

Braun has 84 NASCAR starts, 31 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 53 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with one victory, in the truck series at Michigan International Speedway in 2009. Braun was the truck series' 2009 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. He also has one previous Daytona victory – a 2006 overall win in the old summertime sports car race, the Brumos Sports Car 250.



Last Friday evening, the Franklin High School wrestling team hosted the North Hendersonville Knights at the Panther Den.

North Henderson 54, Franklin 27

106: Bianca Jiglau, FRAN, forf. . 113: Mitchel Langford, NOHE, pinned Kaleb Duerre, FRAN, 1:39. 120: James Watson, FRAN, pinned Cory Glover, NOHE, 3:22. 126: Chris Richards, FRAN, dec. OT Will Baldwin, NOHE, 4-2. 132: Marco Asuncion, NOHE, pinned Phoenix Dalrymple, FRAN, 0:30. 138: Juan Chavez, NOHE, forf. . 145: Jacob Garrett, NOHE, forf. . 152: Primo Arrona, NOHE, forf. . 160: Sake Willingham, NOHE, pinned Logan Rowe, FRAN, 0:22. 170: Brandon Johnson, NOHE, pinned Bryan Lopez, FRAN, 2:33. 182: Logan Shook, NOHE, pinned Garrett Sanders, FRAN, 1:07. 195: Josh Rhodes, NOHE, forf. . 220: James Briggs, FRAN, pinned Celedonio Cardenas, NOHE, 1:56. 285: Tristan Longworth, FRAN, forf.


DETROIT – NASCAR, manufacturers and teams have collaborated to make a handful of changes to their cars for the coming season, and though many of the tweaks may be small – they could wind up paying big dividends.

Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development, said cars will be closer to the ground at all but the fastest of tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits. He was among the panelists for Wednesday's Tech Talk forum at Cobo Center, home of the 2014 North American International Auto Show.


Tom Raby Night at Tuesday’s FHS basketball games.

Next Tuesday night, when the Franklin Panthers take on the Smoky Mountain Mustangs at home, the gym will be filled with spectators sporting purple attire to help bring attention to pancreatic cancer awareness. The night has been deemed Tom Raby Night, in memory of the beloved basketball coach who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2002.

Tom Raby served as the FHS basketball coach from 1967 to 1976. He finished his years of coaching at the school with a record of 286 wins with 91 losses. He was voted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012 as one of the school's first inductees.

His wife Dianne and son Todd Raby will be on hand for the event, determined to spread awareness of the disease and remember Tom.


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