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JOLIET, Ill. - For Brad Keselowski, this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup started the same way it did in 2012—with a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.

Clearly, Keselowski would love to see the Chase end the same way it did two years ago—with a series championship.

Needing an extra pit stop to tighten a loose wheel under caution on Lap 183 of 267 in Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 at the 1.5-mile track, Keselowski restarted 16th on Lap 187, mired in traffic behind a gaggle of lapped cars.

But with a determined charge through the field and a couple of opportune cautions in the final 35 laps, Keselowski regained lost track position and put himself in position to make a dramatic race-winning move after a restart on Lap 250.

With third-place finisher Kyle Larson battling Kevin Harvick for the lead on Lap 252, Keselowski powered between the two cars off Turn 2 and grabbed the lead.

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The Franklin High School football team took on the undefeated T.C. Roberson Rams last Friday night at the Panther Pit.

The buzz before the contest was that it would likely be a heated affair. That assumption lost all credibility when the Panthers jumped out to a 42-7 lead going into the half.

They went on to seal the win 42-7 and improved their record to 2-0.

This Friday night they travel to Bryson City to take on the 3-0 Swain County Maroon Devils.

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Photos by Travis TallentThe FHS men's varsity soccer team has, for the most part, crushed its opponents this year. That held true on Monday when they hosted the Brevard Blue Devils. Though the game remained close in the first half with Franklin leading 2-1, it got out of control for Brevard in the second when the Panthers put in three more goals. Franklin won by an eventual score of 5-1. This gives the Panthers wins over teams like Swain County, Highlands, Brevard, and RGNS.

The team travelled yesterday to take on the Pisgah Bears and will host conference rival the Smoky Mountain Mustangs on Monday at Macon Middle School in Franklin. The JV game will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the varsity game starting at 7 p.m.

The Franklin High School varsity volleyball team started their season off strong when they beat Hayesville twice and Swain County before stumbling against conference rivals Brevard and Pisgah. Showing resilience, the team got back to their winning ways against Smoky Mountain last Thursday.

According to Lady Panthers assistant coach, Bekah Brooks, ups and downs are to be expected when playing in a tough conference like the 2A/3A WNC Athletic Conference.

“We play in a very competitive conference,” she said. “Every team, every game is a test and a challenge, but who wouldn't want to play against good competition?”

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