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RICHMOND, Va. – Suspension to redemption.

After being suspended for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races earlier this season after an alleged domestic violence incident, Kurt Busch won Sunday’s postponed Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in a dominating performance, virtually locking up a spot in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Busch, who was reinstated March 11 and granted a waiver into the Chase. “It’s a total team effort. And the way that everything came together, it just seemed like we were building, building and building towards a great finish like this.

“I have this opportunity because of Gene Haas and everybody that’s a part of our family at Stewart- Haas. It’s an unbelievable feeling when you pull deep from within, you go through troubles and you know when you’re accused of something and things go sideways. Your personal life doesn’t need to affect your business life and I’m here in Victory Lane. It feels great to do it at Richmond.”


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.


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.


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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