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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.


At the beginning of the season, the Panthers had six players sign on to represent the red and white on the tennis court this spring. The fairly young team has some rebuilding to do and some experience to gain, but are on the road to doing just that.

The team's three returning players, junior Jonathan Mathis, and sophomores Noah Henderson and Jonas Kolousek, only have one year under their belts while the other three players, sophomore Joey Gibson, freshmen Ryan Karcher and Vince Boyce, are all starting the season fresh.

"With such a young team they will improve tremendously over the next several years but we will have a tough go of it this season against the better teams," said Coach Sammy Gunter. "All the returning players just have one year of experience in tennis. Ryan knows how to play but lacks match experience and Joey and Vince are just starting so we have a lot of room to grow."


MARTINSVILLE, Va. - With Brad Keselowski beating a tattoo into his rear bumper, and with his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota sliding sideways as it approached the checkered flag, Denny Hamlin held on to his car and held off Keselowski to win Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

In winning his first race of the season, his fifth at the .526- mile short track and the 25th of his career, Hamlin took the lead for good on Lap 473 of 500, passing teammate Matt Kenseth for the top spot. Two laps later, Keselowski surged past Kenseth and tracked down Hamlin, setting up a breathtaking battle in the closing laps.

Keselowski could have won his second straight Sprint Cup race by wrecking Hamlin, but the 2012 premier series champion opted not to win the race with his bumper.

“Hats off to Brad – he had an option, and he took the latter (not to wreck the No. 11),” said Hamlin, who broke a 31- race Toyota winless streak dating back to his victory at Talladega last May. “So thank him for that…


After an outstanding season on the field last year, the Franklin High School varsity baseball team is building on that momentum to have an even greater season this spring.

"I think all the experience we have will be our greatest advantage," said Coach Ryan Raby. "Not only have we played together, we have won together."

This season, the Panthers are bringing back eight seniors, six juniors, and potentially one freshman that will all spend some time on the field. Out of the eight position players in the dirt for the Panthers, six are returning from last year's team.


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