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LAS VEGAS – Ultimately, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards were all about Jimmie Johnson and his sixth series championship, but there were some pointed jokes and some return barbs before the Friday night program at Wynn Las Vegas got there.

After team owner Rick Hendrick, sponsor Lowe's and crew chief Chad Knaus all received their due, Johnson took the podium to acknowledge those who had helped make his sixth title possible.


Last season the Franklin High School men's varsity basketball team posted a winning season with a record of 20-9. Now as the season begins to take off once again, head coach Jesse Pinkston is optimistic despite having long odds.

“It could be a tough season. We lost seven seniors from last year so experience is definitely lacking,” he said. “Basically we have one returning player who had a significant role last season, but we're going to be okay. We're taking it one game at a time and one practice at a time.”


JV Girls: 4:00 p.m.
JV Boys: 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls: 6:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys: 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 6 @ Brevard*
Dec. 7 @ West Oak
Dec. 10 Pisgah*
Dec. 13 @ Smoky Mountain*
Dec. 17 North Henderson*
Dec. 18 @ Swain
Dec. 20 Robbinsville
Dec. 27 FHS Christmas Tournament 3:00 p.m.
Dec. 28 FHS Christmas Tournament Championship 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 Swain

Dec. 4 Andrews 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 6 & 7 Tournament @ Towns County
Dec. 11 Tri Match @ Asheville 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 14 Neo @ Tuscola TBA
Dec. 20 Tri Match @ Cherokee 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 21 Open

Dec. 7 Smoky Mountain @ Franklin Fitness Center 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 10 T.C. Roberson @ Zeugner Center - Asheville 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 Diving Meet @ YWCA Asheville 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 14 Asheville @ Franklin Fitness Center 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 19 A.C. Reynolds @ Zeugner Center – Asheville 4:00 p.m.

Chad Johnston is the second Michael Waltrip Racing crew chief to find a home at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Johnston confirmed to and the team has announced that he has signed with Stewart-Haas Racing as crew chief for the No. 14 Chevrolet driven by Tony Stewart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Johnston joins fellow MWR colleague Rodney Childers, who in August left the No. 55 Toyota (to be driven next year by Brian Vickers) to accept the job as crew chief for Kevin Harvick's No. 4 SHR Chevy next year. Daniel Knost has been promoted from race engineer on the No. 39 team to crew chief for the No. 41 car of Kurt Busch. Tony Gibson remains as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the team’s No. 10 Chevrolet. In addition, former crew chief Greg Zipadelli was named vice president of competition with all four crew chiefs reporting to him.


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