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Brad Keselowski , left, and Clint Bowyer lead the pack during a restart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Loudon, N.H. Keselowski won the race.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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 to make it a successful day,” TNT commentator Wally Dallenbach said during the broadcast. Several of those drivers will be counting on … 0

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 … 0

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 Australian driver has had this date circled on the calendar. Today, the Cup heads to … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

Drew Bonifant: Sorkin thriving in return from hand injury

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

DURHAM – There didn’t seem to be anything unusual about the moment. It’s a play that happens often in hockey: The player takes the puck, dumps it down the ice, takes the ensuing hit, and the play continues. … 0

Sprint Cup Notebook: In Chase, Gordon shaping up as best of the rest

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Matt Kenseth has been dominant, Jimmie Johnson has been spectacular and Kyle Busch has been a hair behind them each time. Ask anyone, and the Chase for the Sprint Cup is now a three-horse derby. Either Joe Gibbs … 0

High school notebook: Football coaches recall strangest plays they’ve seen

Monday, September 30, 2013

Football coaches are big on structure. The focus is on preparation, executing a carefully assembled strategy and winning the game before the teams even take the field. Sometimes, however, spontaneity and improvisation manage to slip through that structure. Plays like the one that ended a Washington high school … 0

Drew Bonifant: Hendrick Motorsports sets sights on Loudon for strong start to Chase

Saturday, August 24, 2013

No Sprint Cup team is a better bet to have one of its drivers holding the championship trophy at the end of the season than Hendrick Motorsports. The powerhouse has the points leader in Jimmie Johnson, as well … 0

A Sprint Cup Chase without past two champs? It’s looking possible

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The champion is on thin ice. And he’s got company. The Chase for the Cup is mere weeks away, and the collection of drivers looking at missing the cut matches the luster of the sport’s top contenders. If … 0

Drew Bonifant: Survival of the fittest for Vickers at Camping World RV Sales 301

Sunday, July 14, 2013

To better understand Brian Vickers’s elation yesterday, you have to start with his despair that began in 2010. It was that May that the driver, then with Red Bull Racing, was waking up at night with agonizing pain … 0

Drew Bonifant: A loss of power for NASCAR

Sunday, May 12, 2013

NASCAR’s seeing the consequences of its month-long power trip. The association had a pair of rule-benders in Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing last month and brought a sledgehammer down on both of them. Suspensions. Fines. Points. Right or wrong, NASCAR was taking a stance, and trying to … 0

Day 4 Sprint Media Tour recap: NASCAR Hall of Fame holds events

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 4 Recap The final portion of the Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte included a night media session at the Penske Racing shop in Mooresville, while the fourth and final day included access to Roush Fenway Racing at … 0

Day 3 Sprint Media Tour recap: Hendrick Motorsports pledges dominance in Cup 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 3 Recap The third day of the Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte meant sessions with the Sprint Cup's most powerful team. Hendrick Motorsports had its press availability, and owner Rick Hendrick and drivers Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt … 0

Day 2 Sprint Media Tour recap: NHMS to host Sylvania 300 again 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 2 Recap  The second day of the Sprint Media Tour began with media sessions by Furniture Row and Michael Waltrip Racing. The discussions at Furniture Row revolved around the addition of Kurt Busch, the former Sprint Cup … 0