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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Thirteen years ago, Dale Earnhardt's first sports car race in a Chevrolet Corvette was the last race he completed.

Earnhardt, son Dale Earnhardt Jr., Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins finished fourth overall and second in the GT classification in the 2001 Rolex 24 At Daytona. A Corvette driven by Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell, Chris Kneifel and Franck Freon took first place overall.

By the end of the weekend, Earnhardt had endeared himself to his teammates, thanks not only to his talent behind the wheel but also because of the indefatigable generosity of his personality. Two weeks later, Earnhardt's life was cut short in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500, and the motorsports world mourned.

A forceful confluence of circumstance in this year's 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway can't help but evoke memories of the Earnhardts and 2001. A new Corvette, the C7.R, is making its competitive debut in the Rolex 24, competing in the GT Le Mans class that grew out of the merger between GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series.

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The Lady Panthers hosted the East Henderson Eagles Tuesday night. The crowd that filled the gym was decked out in purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and to participate in Tom Raby Night. Each Franklin team put on a good show for the crowd, with the women's varsity team giving the most impressive showing by demolishing the Eagles, 72-58.

The men's varsity team also added a win to their season record. Though they held the lead for most of the game, East Henderson was able to close the gap as the fourth quarter came to a close. A technical foul put the Eagles in a position to close the gap, but only one point resulted from the foul and Franklin was able to walk away with the win, 54-53.

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Out of 30 swim teams, the FHS women came in ninth place with 99 overall points. The FHS men came in ninth as well with 103 points.

All three girls’ relays (200 medley, 200 free, and the 400 free), and two of the boys’ relays (200 free and 400 free) are advancing to the State meet. Killian Carpenter in the 200 IM will be in the State meet.

Ryan Ballant was the Regional Champion for men's diving and all six of the divers for FHS will be advancing to the State competition.

In order to move on to State, a competitor must be in the top 12 at Regionals.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It couldn't be any simpler. The highest finisher among four eligible drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will win the championship.

It couldn't be any simpler. The highest finisher among four eligible drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will win the championship.

No bonus for leading laps. No bonus points for leading the most laps. The one driver who finishes ahead of the other three takes home the trophy.

How the four drivers get to that final race with a chance to win the title also changes radically under a new format announced last Thursday by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France during the final event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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