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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The rain and the wrecks kept on coming at Daytona International Speedway in Sunday’s 56th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.

When the carnage from two major contender-claiming incidents was over, it was Aric Almirola who not only survived but claimed his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and took the giant step of punching his ticket into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Running the iconic No. 43 with the U.S. Air Force on the hood for July 4 weekend, Almirola’s win came on the 30th anniversary of team owner Richard Petty’s 200th Cup victory.

“I’m more concerned with getting my first win than what happened 30 years ago,” admitted Almirola during the race’s third red-flag delay for a thunderstorm that eventually halted the race with 48 scheduled laps remaining.

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Sometimes the fastest car doesn’t always win. Tonight, at Kentucky Speedway, it did.

Battling back from varying pit stop strategies, Brad Keselowski climbed six positions over the final 47 laps to pick up his second win of the season in dominating fashion in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. By winning, Keselowski guarantees himself a berth into the Chase and also becomes the first two-time winner at the 1.5-mile speedway in three years.

“Our car was awesome,” said Keselowski, who earned his 12th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. “The team did a great job and I’m just really thankful to have a car this good. I don’t know how else to put it. The Miller Lite Ford Fusion was hauling and I just can’t wait to get deeper in the season and the post-season. I think this is where we need to be to have a shot at another championship, so I’m just real proud of everyone right now.”

Pole sitter Keselowski led the opening 27 Laps until Denny Hamlin wrecked in Turn 4. The first yellow flag of the night would also serve as the scheduled competition caution.

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SONOMA, Calif. — A well-timed caution helped get Carl Edwards to the front of the field, and the driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford did the rest.

Edwards passed Marcos Ambrose for the lead moments after a restart on Lap 86 and subsequently held off a charging Jeff Gordon to win Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

The victory was Edwards second of the season—guaranteeing him a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, provided he finishes in the top 30 in points after race No. 26 and attempts to qualify for every race. It was the 23rd win of his career, and first Sprint Cup win on a road course.

Gordon finished second, .591 seconds behind Edwards. The runner-up result was Gordon’s fifth at Sonoma, matching his number of victories at the 1.99-mile road course.

The triumph had special meaning for Edwards precisely because it was Gordon who was chasing him to the finish line.

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All-Conference honors were recently announced for spring sports in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference.

Athletes who gained the honors were voted on by coaches in the conference.

This achievement goes to players whose on the field play impressed opposing coaches enough to gain their votes.

All-WNCAC Baseball
- Trey Maslin – Junior
- Hayden Volk – Senior
- Joe Templeton – Senior

All-WNCAC Softball
- Erin Campbell – Senior
- Kaitlin Bishop – Senior
- Maddy Cousineau – Senior

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