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SONOMA, Calif. — A well-timed caution helped get Carl Edwards to the front of the field, and the driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford did the rest.

Edwards passed Marcos Ambrose for the lead moments after a restart on Lap 86 and subsequently held off a charging Jeff Gordon to win Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

The victory was Edwards second of the season—guaranteeing him a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, provided he finishes in the top 30 in points after race No. 26 and attempts to qualify for every race. It was the 23rd win of his career, and first Sprint Cup win on a road course.

Gordon finished second, .591 seconds behind Edwards. The runner-up result was Gordon’s fifth at Sonoma, matching his number of victories at the 1.99-mile road course.

The triumph had special meaning for Edwards precisely because it was Gordon who was chasing him to the finish line.

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All-Conference honors were recently announced for spring sports in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference.

Athletes who gained the honors were voted on by coaches in the conference.

This achievement goes to players whose on the field play impressed opposing coaches enough to gain their votes.

All-WNCAC Baseball
- Trey Maslin – Junior
- Hayden Volk – Senior
- Joe Templeton – Senior

All-WNCAC Softball
- Erin Campbell – Senior
- Kaitlin Bishop – Senior
- Maddy Cousineau – Senior

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - At long last, Jimmie Johnson knows what it feels like to visit victory lane at Michigan International Speedway.

The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion took the lead for good on Lap 191 after a cycle of pit stops and cruised to the checkered flag at Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 to end a 24-race drought here.

“We’ve figured out every way to lose this race and today we were able to get it done,” he said after getting out of his No. 48 Chevy.

Johnson had encountered heartbreak several times when leading late here and admitted he was nervous as he dashed through the final few laps.

“About 200 yards before the finish line I knew if the car exploded I’d still make it across the line,” he said with a chuckle, “so that’s when I finally relaxed.”

Johnson pitted on Lap 165 and took on four tires and enough fuel to finish the race, which was green the rest of the way. Anyone close to him pitted later and left Johnson comfortably ahead as Hendrick Motorsports captured its fifth straight Sprint Cup series race.

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Revived sport likened to “skate boarding on water.”

Stand up paddling (SUP) seems to be catching on here in Western North Carolina where there is no shortage of rivers, ponds, and lakes for recreational use.

Though the activity originated in Hawaii, it has caught on quickly in the rest of the country and in 2013, according to a the Outdoor Industry Association's Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, it was deemed as having the most first-time participants of any sport in the year.

The sport itself, according to Cullowhee resident Rick “Sharky” Gorton, can have a very positive impact on people who participate.

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published: 10/18/2013
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