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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

NASCAR: 20-plus winners possible in 2011

Written by David Green.

By RICH FOLEY

Observer Motorsports Writer

If you’ve got a favorite NASCAR Cup driver, the odds are good that he’s already won a race in 2011. If he hasn’t, there are 14 chances left in what could be a record-breaking year.  

This year has already seen 14 different winners and with drivers including Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers and Joey Logano, among others, still looking for that first 2011 win,  that total could easily hit 20 or more.

The current record for most winners in a season is 19, first set in 1956, then tied in 1958, 1961 and finally in 2001. In the old days, the schedule was quite a bit longer than now, with 56 races in 1956, 51 in 1958,  and 52 in 1961. The mark was tied in 2001 in a 36-race season, the same number scheduled for 2011. 

The other side of this year’s diversity in winners was the 1974 season, when only five drivers combined to win all 30 races, a record for fewest winners that will probably stand for all time. In fact, NASCAR’s first season, 1949, which consisted of only eight races, still had six different winners.

Amazingly in 1974, three drivers combined for 27 of the 30 victories, with Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough winning 10 times each and David Pearson taking the checkers seven times. Bobby Allison won twice, while Canadian rookie Earl Ross won one time. Ross was running a part-time schedule as Yarborough’s teammate, giving car owner Junior Johnson a 11-10 lead in team victories over Petty Enterprises.

Although eight of the 2001 winners are still running full time in 2011, only two (Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick) have won so far this year.

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