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First Franklin team heading to Nationals since 1998.

Two minutes and thirty seconds may not seem like a long time to most, but for a group of athletes at Franklin High School, two minutes and thirty seconds is something they have worked toward all year. Countless hours every week, some weeks working seven days straight, all for two minutes and thirty seconds to prove that without a doubt, Franklin High School is the best.

The Franklin High School competition cheer squad has been working toward perfecting a routine for the stage at Nationals in hopes of winning the ultimate title. While the 2015 squad has been working all year to make it to Nationals, the journey to get there started years ago.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Va., native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-toback premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway.

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Every athlete on this year's swim team is expected to reach a personal record (PR) before the end of the season. According to coaches Dina and Dwain Picou, most of the swimmers have already reached a PR, and the ones who haven't, are not far from it.

"Almost every swimmer has a PR this season," said the Picous. "We have a few of our top swimmers who have not yet made their PR’s because we are working them hard every day at practice and have not yet rested them, but, once we rest them for the bigger swim meets, all of them should get their PR’s by the end of the swim season this year."

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fred Lorenzen’s NASCAR career was brief, just 158 premier series starts over slightly more than a decade.

The Elmhurst, Illinois, native never ran a complete season, his Holman-Moody Ford team choosing only to compete in the schedule’s most prestigious events.

But when Lorenzen did buckle into his white, No. 28 Ford, it could be argued the rest of the field was running for second place. He was the “Golden Boy.”

From 1961 through 1967 he won 26 times, posting more victories than NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (21) and David Pearson (eight). Lorenzen’s 16.46 career winning percentage ranks fifth all-time and highest among drivers without a NASCAR premier series championship.

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