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JOLIET, Ill. – In the theater, using the expression “Break a leg” is a way to wish an actor good luck on opening night.

Twelve days before Sunday’s opening Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway, Denny Hamlin tore the ACL in his right leg playing basketball.

Late in the 400 at the 1.5-mile track, Hamlin found his good fortune in the form of a serendipitous pit call on the part of crew chief Dave Rogers.

Staying out on old tires, Hamlin grabbed the lead moments after a restart with five laps left and streaked away to a .963- second victory over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards, who surged from sixth to second during that restart on Lap 263 of 267.


The Franklin High Panthers came out strong against the Swain Maroon Devils last Friday in the Panther Pit. After leading the game for all four quarters, the Panthers topped Swain, 24-14.

Franklin stand-out Kelton Lowery added 245 rushing yards to his record and lead the Panthers in scoring. Before the game, Franklin’s Athletic Booster Club honored Macon County Emergency Personnel on the track.

Franklin hits the road this Friday night to take on Erwin.



Coming off a disappointing season opener against an Asheville team that the Panthers had not played in years, the Franklin High School football team hit the field hard against the Murphy Bulldogs last Friday night. The Panthers didn't waste anytime putting points on the board, and after Kelton Lowry pushed in the first touchdown from four yards out, the Panthers continued to lead the Bulldogs, eventually winning 34-14.

Leading the Panthers this season are five key players who were voted as captains by their fellow teammates — Kelton Lowry, Hunter Gibbs, Jackson Perone, Blake Raymond, and Wyatt Burnette.

"These are experienced players that have worked extremely hard in the off season," said Brooks.


BRISTOL, Tenn. – With Kevin Harvick hounding him mercilessly for 63 laps, Joey Logano kept his No. 22 Team Penske Ford out front after taking the lead on a Lap 438 restart and held on to win Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Successfully defending last year’s victory at Thunder Valley, Logano won his third race of the season, his second at the .533-mile short track and the 11th of his career.

Harvick recovered from two pit road speeding penalties to finish second, a mere .220 seconds behind Logano. Polesitter Denny Hamlin ran third, and Clint Bowyer got a much-needed fourth place result in his No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.

It was a fascinating Chase over the final 63 laps, as Harvick would bury his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet into the corner at the top of the track, catch Logano in the turns and watch as Logano dived to the bottom on corner exit and pull away.


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