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Perched at the highest point at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, spotters have a totally unobstructed view of the track and provide vital data, via radio, to their respective drivers.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

Eyes in the sky invaluable to drivers

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LOUDON – Eddie D’Hondt has heard the dismissals, and the spotter for Jeff Gordon’s famed No. 24 bristles each time. Spotters have one job, people say. “Clear” or “not clear.” That’s the gig. At one point, they were right. But D’Hondt says that now it couldn’t be further from the truth. “It’s slightly perturbing to the guys that have tenure … 0

Keselowski just getting started with Nationwide win

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LOUDON – Brad Keselowski didn’t just win yesterday’s Nationwide Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He owned it. The Sprint Cup regular and part-time driver of the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang led all but 48 laps of the day’s marquee event, and held off rival Kyle Busch for his second series … 0

Castro, Carter lead Astros over Red Sox, 3-2

Saturday, July 12, 2014

HOUSTON – Jake Peavy refuses to blame his career-high eight-game losing streak on lack of offensive support, despite Boston averaging just 1.5 runs a game in those starts. “It’s just finding a way to win on my day,” he said after Boston’s 3-2 loss to Houston yesterday. “I’ve pitched in tight games my … 0

Success follows Cogburn, Shea in Newton’s Revenge

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., and Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., repeated past successes yesterday by winning Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile bike race up the supremely steep Mt. Washington Auto Road. Cogburn, 28, a professional cyclist on leave from graduate studies in astrophysics at MIT, completed the ascent … 0

Younger Elliott has a future to believe in

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The words leaked from his lips with little notice, likely because they were exactly what someone in his racing boots would be expected to say. Chase Elliott, after all, was 18 years old, never having raced a full … 0

Salem’s Frahm looks for a second chance in Nationwide Series

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LOUDON – Matt Frahm has seen what it’s like when racing works out. And he’s all too familiar with what it’s like when it doesn’t. It was only two years ago that the Salem native and Hampstead resident … 0

Kyle Busch sets record in winning pole for NHMS Sprint Cup race

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LOUDON – Another week, another re-written record. Kyle Busch grabbed the pole for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 301 with a track-record average speed of 138.130 mph, beating out Jimmie Johnson (137.790) and Denny Hamlin (137.081), … 0

Hunter’s Corner: 70 years of Smokey Bear

Saturday, July 12, 2014

August 9, 1944 was the start of the creation of Smokey Bear (“Smokey the Bear” was a song). The Advertising Council created the slogan “Remember … Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” The living symbol of Smokey Bear … 0

Vazquez has three hits to help Red Sox over Astros, 8-3

Saturday, July 12, 2014

HOUSTON – Rookie Christian Vazquez got his first three major league hits and drove in three runs, while David Ortiz had three RBI to break open the game in the sixth inning and lead the Boston Red Sox … 0

LeBron James returns to Cavs: ‘I’m coming home’

Saturday, July 12, 2014

CLEVELAND – If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go. To Ohio. Home. Four years after he left for … 0

AP Sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami. Not even LeBron James’s departure changed his mind. And shortly after the Heat took a King-sized hit, their future started coming together. Bosh is staying in Miami, agreeing yesterday to a five-year … 0

Italy’s Trentin wins seventh Tour leg in photo finish

Saturday, July 12, 2014

NANCY, France – Matteo Trentin of Italy won yesterday’s seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year. Fellow … 0

Sea Dogs hit three homers in 6-3 victory over Fisher Cats

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fishers fall in Portland Matt Newman hit three doubles and the Fisher Cats tallied seven as a team, but they stranded 10 runners in a 6-3 series-opening road loss to the Portland Sea Dogs last night. Portland (60-33) made New Hampshire (43-49) pay after the Fisher Cats left … 0