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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Over the years, NASCAR premier series champions have come in all shapes and sizes – tall, short, muscular and lean. The single constant? It’s impossible to judge a book by its cover.

Based upon first impressions, Rex White – at 5 feet 4 inches, weighing just 135 pounds and with his right leg withered by childhood polio – might have seemed the unlikeliest championship contender of all.

White, however, was tough as nails fearing neither competitor nor track conditions. He won the 1960 premier series title and posted 28 victories over five seasons, finishing among the top five in nearly half of his 233 starts.

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Last Friday night, the Panther Den was packed as the varsity girl's warmed up to host the undefeated Lady Bears of Pisgah High School.

Pisgah, who went into Friday night's game with a 17-0 record, jumped out ahead early, beating FHS 74-54.

The Lady Panthers went on to play conference rivals Smoky Mountain High Tuesday night, but were unable to top the Mustangs, falling 48-42.

The Lady Mustangs handed the Panthers their 8th loss of the season, bringing them to a 9-8 season record and 5-4 in WNC conference play.

The boys varsity team battled Pisgah close, trailing just 10 points at the half.

In an equally impressive second half, the Panthers just weren't able to hang out, losing 61-51.

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First Franklin team heading to Nationals since 1998.

Two minutes and thirty seconds may not seem like a long time to most, but for a group of athletes at Franklin High School, two minutes and thirty seconds is something they have worked toward all year. Countless hours every week, some weeks working seven days straight, all for two minutes and thirty seconds to prove that without a doubt, Franklin High School is the best.

The Franklin High School competition cheer squad has been working toward perfecting a routine for the stage at Nationals in hopes of winning the ultimate title. While the 2015 squad has been working all year to make it to Nationals, the journey to get there started years ago.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Va., native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-toback premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway.

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