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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Kevin Harvick must have been tired of finishing second, because on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion did something about it.

Once Harvick got to the front of the field from his 18thplace starting spot in the Kobalt 400, he was untouchable.

Even with a disquieting vibration on the final green-flag run—and a left-rear tire that shredded during his celebratory burnout—Harvick had enough of a working margin to hold off runner-up Martin Truex Jr. by 1.640 seconds.

Harvick, who ran second in the season-opening Daytona 500 and in last week’s 500-miler at Atlanta, led a race-high 142 laps in winning for the first time in Las Vegas and for the 29th time in his career. In his last six races, dating to last year’s championship season, Harvick has three victories and three second-place finishes.


With their first game behind them, the Lady Panthers softball team is working out early season jitters while trying to get on-field practice in during unpredictable winter weather.

With seven returning players from last year's team, the Lady Panthers are sure to be strong contenders in this season's conference play. The 2014-15 squad is comprised of six seniors, seven juniors, one sophomore, and one freshman, one of the largest teams Varsity Softball Coach Adam Tallent has coached.


HAMPTON, Ga. — Coors Light Polesitter Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick dominated the early and middle stages of Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway — before Jimmie Johnson decided to crash the party.

Johnson didn't take the lead in the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season until Lap 198 of 325, but from then on, his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was the class of the field, leading six times for 92 laps in winning for the fourth time at Atlanta and for the 71st time in his career.

For the second straight event in NASCAR’s premier series, Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and third, respectively. Logano ran fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth, who capitalized on a late track-position by staying out on old tires.


Franklin and Nantahala High School games postponed

After adverse weather forced the cancellation of conference basketball tournaments throughout Western North Carolina last week, another round of winter weather is causing delay in the state playoffs.

State playoff games were scheduled to begin Tuesday, but after a significant snow fall Monday night, several games were postponed. With more snow predicted to fall Wednesday night, it is unclear when the playoffs will begin for several schools.


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