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The start of the 2015 season was so, so promising for driver Jeff Gordon—and how quickly it turned.

In what was likely to be the final time he would qualify for NASCAR's biggest race, Gordon won the pole for the seasonopening Daytona 500.

From that pinnacle, however, the season headed south for Gordon and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team about as fast as Gordon’s Chevrolet could carry him.

After leading a race-high 87 laps at Daytona, Gordon was collected in a backstretch crash on the final circuit of a green-whitecheckered- flag finish and came home 33rd. So much for the auspicious beginning to what will be his final full-time season in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.

A week later, when the series moved to Atlanta, Gordon’s car didn’t make it through the inspection line in time for the fourtime series champion to make a qualifying run. Gordon started 35th and, gobbled up in a Lap 257 wreck, finished 41st.

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Franklin High Volleyball player Mariah Wallace and Lady Panthers basketball standout Vanessa Agrusa both recently signed to play their respective sports on the college level.

Wallace, pictured with family members Aaron, Chrissy and Audi, as well as Shannon Hudson and Mark Wimberley, Wallace’s future college coaches, will be playing ball next year at Catawba Valley.

Agrusa, pictured with family members Vinnie, Teresa, Vince, and Tory, signed to continue her basketball career on the collegiate level at the Univerity of South Carolina Upstate.

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A sport as old as time, Track and Field events have roots in human prehistory and feature competitions that are among the oldest in sporting history.

Franklin's Track and Field teams have joined the ranks of some of the greatest olympians of all times by suiting and competing.

Weather permitting, the Panther Track and Field team is scheduled to have a meet at Western Carolina University on Friday for the Middle and High School Championship.

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson continued his recent domination of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, rallying after a late pit stop for a victory in the 19th annual Duck Commander 500.

Johnson, the six-time NSCS champion, took the lead on Lap 321 of the scheduled 334 when he drove under and past Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick exiting the dogleg of TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quad-oval. The final 14 laps featured a battle between Johnson and Harvick, the reigning NSCS champion, who finished second despite scraping the Turn 4 wall on Lap 331.

Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet SS, finished 1.107 seconds ahead of Harvick and his No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS. Johnson, of Hendrick Motorsports, posted his 72nd career victory in 478 NSCS starts and seventh for team-owner Rick Hendrick.

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