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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fred Lorenzen’s NASCAR career was brief, just 158 premier series starts over slightly more than a decade.

The Elmhurst, Illinois, native never ran a complete season, his Holman-Moody Ford team choosing only to compete in the schedule’s most prestigious events.

But when Lorenzen did buckle into his white, No. 28 Ford, it could be argued the rest of the field was running for second place. He was the “Golden Boy.”

From 1961 through 1967 he won 26 times, posting more victories than NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (21) and David Pearson (eight). Lorenzen’s 16.46 career winning percentage ranks fifth all-time and highest among drivers without a NASCAR premier series championship.

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Elliott’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Career a Story of Perseverance

When Bill Elliott climbed into his Ford on a late-winter afternoon in 1976, little did fans at North Carolina Motor Speedway know they were witnessing the birth of a NASCAR Hall of Fame career.

The 20-year-old Elliott, whose car was fielded by his father George and crewed by brothers Ernie and Dan, didn’t last long in his NASCAR premier series debut. Engine problems sidelined the Elliotts early for a finish of 33rd in the 36-car field.

In fact, Elliott’s first campaign of eight races – four for his father and four with Bill Champion, another independent owner-driver – produced six DNFs.

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FHS falls in round 4, still makes school history

The Franklin High School varsity football team's season came to an end last Friday night in the fourth round of the 2AA state playoffs. The Panthers hit the road to take on the undefeated East Lincoln Mustangs on their home field. Largely considered the underdog in the contest, the Panthers refused to go down without a fight.

“The team we played had a Division 1 quarterback, a few other Division 1 players so we knew that they were a really tough team,” said head coach Josh Brooks.

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The Macon County Soccer Club launched a new Academy Program this fall, for boys and girls under 10 years of age. In the first season, the Macon County Academy players met opponents from eight different clubs altogether, and for many of them, it was the first opportunity to travel and play outside of the county. Players are grouped into girls, boys, or coed teams for game days, to create the best possible experience for the players.

The Academy Program focuses on skills development and building solid fundamentals in youth players. In North Carolina, the Academy program began in 2007 and has grown to more than 70 clubs statewide. In the west, there are just four neighboring clubs with Academy teams within an hour drive, but larger clubs like ABYSA in Asheville host invitational tournaments each season, which draw a couple dozen regional clubs. The Macon Academy players plan to attend the state Academy showcase in the spring, where they will compete against some of the best clubs in the state.

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