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CONCORD, N.C. — The Brothers Busch won the first four segments of Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but Jimmie Johnson took the one that counted—the 10-lap dash to the finish—and continued to build his legacy, not to mentioned his bank account.

Speeding away from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne after a restart on Lap 81 of 90, Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-star exhibition race for a record fourth time, beating charging Joey Logano to the stripe by 1.722 seconds.

Kyle Busch, who won the second and third segments of 20-laps each, ran third, followed by Kahne and Kurt Busch. The elder Busch brother won the first and fourth segments and was first onto pit road before the final dash but exited fifth with a less-than-stellar pit stop.

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Annual booster club banquet closes out the year.

Franklin High School held its 31st Annual Athletic Banquet last Wednesday night at the high school gym. The FHS Athletic Booster Club hosted the event. Athletes, friends and family filled the gym floor and a set of bleachers in support of the honorees.

The school honored its Hall of Fame nominees as well. Former coach David Morgan, one of the nominees, coached football, track, cross country, golf, and baseball; served as the Athletic Director, and started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at FHS.

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The Franklin High School Lady Panthers soccer team turned heads this season in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference when they posted an undefeated season and captured the WNCAC championship for only the second time in school history.

The team ended their season with a playoff loss last Wednesday in a crushing defeat to Fred T. Foard High School who entered the first round of the NCHSAA as a No. 3 seed. The Panthers lost 3-0. Regardless of the outcome, the team still has plenty to be proud of.

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Unsinkable Matt Kenseth capped a banner week for unsinkable Joe Gibbs Racing with a victory in Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a substitute crew chief on his pit box— the unsinkable Wally Brown.

The past four days could hardly have been better for JGR, with Wednesday bringing a substantial reduction in penalties on appeal for an engine infraction April 21 at Kansas. On Friday, Gibbs cars ran 1-2-3 in the Nationwide Series race at Darlington, and the organization followed that Saturday with a 1-2 finish from Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in the 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.

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published: 10/18/2013
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