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Matt Kenseth (20) moves through Trevor Bayne (21) and Brad Keselowski (2) coming out of Turn 4 during the NASCAR Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Drama at an extreme as Sprint Cup approaches cutdowns at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The crazy, white-knuckle race is coming – ahead of schedule, it seems. NASCAR promised chaos the moment it unveiled its new elimination-based Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But that was supposed to occur during the all-or-nothing finale in Homestead, when four drivers would be given one race and one race only to decide the Sprint Cup title. Instead, that …

UNH hockey keeping goals high despite youth and inexperience throughout roster

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Consider the script flipped. Last year at this time, there weren’t many question marks surrounding the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team. There were top scorers coming back, top defensemen returning and an incumbent goalie in net, all providing plenty of reasons to point to the Wildcats as a certain contender in …

Crazy afternoon at Loudon scrambles the Chase field

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The moment the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format was unveiled, it came with a certainty: With eliminations looming, the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would get crazy. As expected, the Sylvania 300 was living up to those expectations. And then things really got nuts. By the time the …

Johnson chasing down his own high standards

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – It’s Jimmie Johnson’s favorite time of the year. But with the second race of the Chase set to begin, Six-Time has the tone of the kid whose birthday party isn’t quite up to his expectations. “It’s …

Gordon, Johnson, someone else? Filling out the Chase bracket

Friday, September 19, 2014

Their areas of expertise are wildly different, but ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and college basketball icon Dick Vitale agree on one thing: Come the final, all-or-nothing race at Miami, Hendrick Motorsports will have the best crack at …

After cutting it close with Chase, Kahne hopes best is still to come

Friday, September 19, 2014

The last time Kasey Kahne stood in front of a group of New England reporters, he was hit with question after question probing at his wobbly Chase hopes, and had a tight smile ready for each one. Yes, …

Motorsports notebook: Star-studded Gibbs lineup deserves comparisons to Hendrick

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For the second straight year, the homestretch of the Sprint Cup’s regular season involves the possibility of a new power on the rise. The worst-kept secret in NASCAR was finally made open Tuesday when Carl Edwards made it official he was joining Joe Gibbs Racing, giving the owner …

Biffle confident he’s hitting his stride as Chase approaches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEWINGTON – For Greg Biffle, being the anchor driver and veteran ushering in a new era at Roush Fenway Racing can wait. There’s a Chase for the Cup spot to secure first. And Biffle is confident that when …

Motorsports notebook: It’s time for common sense to prevail in NASCAR

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. was less than a week old when NASCAR made the obvious move. No leaving the car during cautions, the auto racing body ruled Friday. If there’s smoke or a …

Once a power, Roush Fenway in danger of decline following Edwards’s departure

Saturday, August 9, 2014

It used to be a team to respect, admire and perhaps even fear, with a lofty perch among the most powerful squads that NASCAR had to offer. Now it’s difficult to look at Roush Fenway Racing without noticing …

Drew Bonifant: In NASCAR this year, winning isn’t everything – but it helps

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brad Keselowski was leaving the rest of the field in his impressive wake, but one of the people calling his victory had some reassurance for the drivers behind him. “You don’t always have to get to Victory Lane …

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 …

Drew Bonifant: Road to the Chase is a road course for Ambrose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This is the point in the season Marcos Ambrose has been waiting for. From the moment NASCAR announced the change to its Chase for the Sprint Cup format, putting an emphasis on wins rather than accumulated points, the …

Drew Bonifant: Warner’s Antle an emerging talent on national gymnastics scene

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Griffin Antle’s high school career hadn’t even started yet, and his athletic career was at a crossroads. In one direction, Antle had basketball and football, sports that he had played all his life and was good at. On …

Sprint Cup preview: A new Chase headlines a list of points to watch going into 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Sprint Cup season hadn’t even begun when NASCAR made it clear what the year’s top story would be. The ever-changing sport underwent its biggest makeover in a decade in late January, dumping the Chase for the Cup …