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When it comes to fans' perception of a particular athlete, what a difference a few months can make. Just ask Joey Logano.

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season was a pivotal one for Logano. His Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team hired 2003 Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth away from Roush Fenway Racing to replace Joey in the No. 20 Toyota midway through the year, making the young driver a lame NASCAR duck looking for a new flock.

Meanwhile, a failed drug test resulted in the suspension of A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 car for Penske Racing. Pretty much any unemployed or semi-employed driver you can think of - guys like Brian Vickers and David Ragan come to mind - were considered for the seat, but in the end Logano was chosen as the man for the job.

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Vickers to drive thereafter

Not so fast, says Michael Waltrip Racing. A day after Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mark Martin would replace Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry "while Hamlin recovers from an L1 compression fracture," MWR issued a release saying that Martin would return to Waltrip's No. 55 Toyota after subbing for Hamlin in the Apr. 7 race at Martinsville.

Instead, Brian Vickers, who has a nine-race deal with MWR in the No. 55, will fill in for Hamlin starting Apr. 13 at Texas.

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Franklin players, coach get final win of the season in All-Star game

Two Franklin basketball players and one coach participated in the Blue-White All-Star game that took place last Friday night at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville. Franklin High School varsity basketball players Drew Simpson and Jacob Davis made the trip to play for the White team. The duo took part in the game with 18 other Western North Carolina varsity basketball players from various schools. FHS varsity coach Jesse Pinkston also made the trip to Roberson after being selected to coach the White team, making it a slam dunk when the White team clinched the victory, 86-80.

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Unexpected snow showers covered Western North Carolina Monday and Tuesday, giving the Franklin High School sports teams a break from their competitive schedule.

Both the FHS varsity baseball and softball teams were coming off losses from last Friday's games against Pisgah. The baseball team was able to start its game off competitively, holding Pisgah scoreless after the first inning, but for the remainder of the game the Panthers were unable to hold off the onslaught that was to come. The Bears were able to drive in runs in every other inning of the game, while Franklin scored one run in the second, before losing 7-1. The loss moves Franklin to a 3-3 record with a 1-2 record in the conference. The Panthers hosted Smoky Mountain yesterday at the Macon Middle School. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was canceled due to inclement weather.

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