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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The fastest driver doesn't always win a race — or a championship — but on Sunday at Homestead- Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick did both.

Driving a No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet that has been the class of the field for most of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Harvick won Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at the 1.5-mile intermediate track and claimed his first premier series championship after a three-lap drag race against underdog title contender Ryan Newman.

Harvick was so wrapped up in the championship battle that the victory in the race didn’t register right away.

"I forgot we won the race — how about that?” Harvick chuckled. “I think this Chase is about the best thing that has happened to this sport over the last decade. This is probably going to shorten the drivers’ careers, because it’s been so stressful, but I want to thank every single fan for sticking with this sport, and to the industry for working to get it right.”


FHS football looking to continue undefeated season.


Franklin High School varsity soccer team closed out its historical season on Tuesday night when they travelled to Newton, N.C., to take on the Newton Conover Red Devils in the fourth round of the state playoffs, the match that would determine whether the Panthers would vie for the State Championship.

It was obvious from the start that the 24-1 Red Devils and the 21- 1 Panthers were evenly matched. Franklin finished out the first half looking as though they were taking control of the match, though the score was still even at 0-0.



The FHS soccer team suffered it's first loss of the season last Wednesday when they took on the East Henderson Eagles, ending a 15 game winning streak.

The loss didn't hinder the team too much though, they were able to bounce back on Monday with another dominant 9-1 win over the West Henderson Falcons.

Yesterday the team traveled to Tuscola to take on the Mountaineers who they beat earlier in the season, 7-2.


Talladega, Ala. - In a must-win situation at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski did exactly that, preserving his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship hopes with a victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500.

With the right side of his car damaged in the wreck that brought out the first caution flag of the afternoon, Keselowski persevered, taking the lead during the first attempt at a green-white-checkered- flag finish and winning the race in the second overtime— after a wreck that ended the title run of Keselowski’s former boss, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“I can’t believe it,” Keselowski said in Victory Lane. “Talladega is such a wild card, and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks – a little of both.

“I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the (Contender Round) bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege. It really is.”


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