Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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LOUDON, N.H. — Surprise! The Michael Waltrip Racing driver almost everyone expected to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway wasn’t in Victory Lane.

But his part-time teammate was. Making the most of his limited stint in MWR’s No. 55 Toyota, Brian Vickers solidified his claim to a permanent seat in the car with a stunning victory at the Magic Mile.

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish, Vickers sped away from Kyle Busch in overtime and took the checkered flag .582 seconds ahead of Busch to win Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

And he did so despite losing a lap because of a pit road penalty incurred when he drove away from his pit stall with a wrench on the deck lid of the 55 Camry — a lap he later regained with a wave-around just past the midpoint of the race.

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The weather may of been bad but that did not keep away 50 plus, true runners from competing in Franklin's first night run  Moonlight Moonshine 10K & Half Pint Fun Run on July 6. This event was a benefit for Cowee School and efforts of preserving and reusing the historic school as a community and heritage center. Racers came from not just Macon County and western North Carolina but also from all over the southeast to get their shine on.

The overall winners of Moonlight Moonshine 10K received a free entry to the annual Conquer The Mountain Half Marathon on Nov. 2, a benefit for CareNet of Macon County.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It's hard to have a handsdown, class-of-the field car in a restrictor-plate race, but don't tell Jimmie Johnson, who dominated Daytona Saturday night in uncharacteristically decisive fashion — and reached another milestone at the Birthplace of Speed.

In a wild race that featured two massive wrecks on the last lap alone, Johnson beat Tony Stewart to the finish line in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway to record the first season sweep of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the 2.5-mile tri-oval since Bobby Allison accomplished the feat in 1982.

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SPARTA, Ky. — About the only thing that could cast a cloud over Matt Kenseth's fourth victory of the season was the hard hit Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin suffered in Sunday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, a race postponed from Saturday because of rain.

But Hamlin recovered quickly, and Kenseth had cause to celebrate after the driver of the No. 20 Toyota took advantage of a spin by the race's dominant car — Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet — on a restart on Lap 247 of 267.

Kenseth, who got the lead by taking no tires during a pit stop on Lap 242, collected the 28th victory of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.

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