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DARLINGTON, S.C. — The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been one of feast or famine for Kevin Harvick— and on Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, Harvick enjoyed the delectable taste of victory.

Passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the next-to-last lap of the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish, Harvick won Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 and all but locked himself into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the first two-time winner in the series this year (he still needs to finish in the top 30 in points after race No. 26 and attempt to qualify for every race).

In the second race of the season, Harvick dominated in winning at Phoenix, before a spate of mechanical issues waylaid him in four of five subsequent events.

On Saturday at Darlington, he was the class of the field again, leading 238 of 374 laps in a race that went seven circuits past its scheduled distance. Nevertheless, it took a fourtire call in the pits and a late caution to give Harvick a final chance to beat Earnhardt, who had streaked to a 15-carlength lead on two fresh tires in the first attempt at a greenwhite- checker.

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Last Thursday, April 3, FHS hosted a home track meet with the following results:

Boys team scores: Franklin 144, East Henderson 130, North Henderson 81, Rabun Gap 73, Christ School 57, Tuscola 34, Smoky Mountain 14, Brevard 11, Pisgah 8.

Top individual results: Shot put: 2) Josh Martin 44-5 3) Kelton Lowry 44-3 ½; Discus: 3) Lonnie Randall 136-8; Long Jump: 1) Joe Templeton 20-3 ½; Triple Jump: 1) Templeton 43-7 ½; High jump: Templeton 6-0; 3,200 relay: 3) Franklin 9:12.5; 800 Hurdles: 2) Franklin 1:37.40; 1,600: Harrison Conner 4:44, 2) Shawn Marcie 4:47; 400 relay: 1) Franklin 45.99; 800: 2) Caleb Albrecht 2:01.41; 200: 3) Nicholia Lamb 24.20; 3,200: 2) Marcie 10:34.93; 1,600 relay: 2) Franklin 3:43.41 Girls team scores: East Henderson 122, Franklin 103, Rabun Gap 97, Pisgah 89, Tuscola 46, North Henderson 40, Smoky Mountain 27, Brevard 15

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Joey Logano's "Final Four" at Texas Motor Speedway had nothing to do with the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship set for Monday night in nearby Arlington.

Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon's decision to pit for four Goodyear Dual Zone tires during the final caution period of the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 propelled the Team Penske star to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of 2014.

"We've been in contention every race this year to win, and I'm proud to be a part of that," said Logano, who extended a streak that has produced seven different winners in as many Sprint Cup races. "I felt very confident about this race. For some reason I told Todd, I said, 'We're going to win this week' and I was mad when we didn't get the pole. But I felt like we had a car that could win today."

Logano, 23, scored his first career victory on TMS' 1.5-mile quad-oval and fourth in 190 career Sprint Cup starts at the expense of four-time series champion Jeff Gordon under a green-whitecheckered- flag finish that extended the race to 340 laps from the originally scheduled 334.

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The Franklin High School varsity baseball game snapped a long standing losing skid when they traveled to East Henderson on Tuesday.

The Panthers shot out to an early lead of 4- 0, but the Eagles began to put up runs of their own in the bottom of the third. The game turned into a shootout with scores comining in consecutive innings for East Henderson, but Franklin was able to keep their bats hot and hold on to the lead. Going into the 7th inning FHS was up 8-5, but extended the lead by scoring six more runs. The Eagles tried to close the gap but came up short, allowing FHS to take home the win, 14-8.

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published: 10/18/2013
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