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Kyle Busch, center, gets between Kevin Harvick, left, and Brad Keselowski on the front straightaway during the the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Loudon, N.H. Busch went on to win the race. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

NHMS delivers; you just had to wait

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – For 200 laps, it felt as if those new aerodynamic packages that everyone in the NASCAR world has been raving about couldn’t make their way down Route 106 and into New Hampshire Motor Speedway fast enough. The first two-thirds of the 5-hour Energy 301 were long on yawns and short on thrills, with long green flag runs, big …

Irrelevance something new for Stewart

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOUDON – It’s been a rough year for Tony Stewart, a weekly struggle in which nothing goes right before the race and nothing goes right during it. That in itself isn’t the shock; Stewart hasn’t finished higher than 25th in the last three Sprint Cup seasons. What’s different is that Stewart sounds like …

Sprint Cup drivers revved up about new aero package

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – Two days before another Sprint Cup race, some of NASCAR’s best were still talking about the last one. Much has been made and discussed about concerning the new aero package unveiled last week at Kentucky, which made for less downforce and nimbler cars and thus increased the amount of passing during …

Despite tough early break, Kyle Busch is feeling fine about Chase chances

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – There’s a chance Kyle Busch’s season, as far as being a contender for the Sprint Cup championship, ended before it began. A broken leg suffered the day prior to the Daytona 500 left him with months …

Out of Gilford, Bernasconi lands top engineering role with Xfinity team

Thursday, July 16, 2015

LOUDON – On Saturday, Ryan Reed will try to drive his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford to Victory Lane in the Xfinity Series’s Lakes Region 200. How fitting. If he gets there, he’ll have a native of that …

NASCAR at NHMS preview: What to expect from racing weekend in Loudon

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Last year, change was the topic du jour as NASCAR made its annual summer trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There was a new playoff system in the Sprint Cup that drivers were striving for in midseason. There …

Drew Bonifant: Taking a look at Sprint Cup at regular season’s halfway point

Sunday, June 14, 2015

To borrow analogies from the other type of racing that has dominated the headlines recently, the NASCAR regular season is making its way through the backstretch, and two horses are distancing themselves from the pack. Last weekend’s race …

Logano’s New Hampshire experiences both plentiful and memorable

Saturday, June 6, 2015

In the weeks and days leading up to races in Loudon, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is just another track to Joey Logano – another speedway, another oval, one of 23 venues on the Sprint Cup calendar where a …

Drew Bonifant: Deering’s Rheault thriving as a champion in Germany’s pro league

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jon Rheault’s been playing in 14,000-seat arenas, packed to the brim on a nightly basis with raucous, raving fans. He’s skated alongside NHL veterans and prospects, trying like him to hear themselves think amongst the constant din. He’s …

NASCAR notebook: Harvick’s advice a wise idea for Sprint Cup

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kevin Harvick’s been so good this year, even his ideas have stood out among his competitors. The defending Sprint Cup champion and current points leader had some sage advice when asked how he could improve NASCAR, with a …

Pioneer Sportsmen emerges as archery authority in state and region

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Frank Schackart’s Pioneer Sportsmen archery club won five East regional medals at the National Indoor Championships this year. The way the coach described it, you’d think it happens every year. “I really hate to say this,” Schackart said, …

Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car …

NASCAR notebook: Question of Kyle Busch’s Chase eligibility a difficult one for NASCAR

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A broken leg wasn’t the only malady to occur when Kyle Busch careened off the Daytona International Speedway track and into a concrete wall the afternoon before the Daytona 500. The collision and its aftermath left NASCAR itself …

Sprint Cup preview: With Edwards on board, Gibbs set to battle Hendrick as NASCAR’s top power

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The first shots for the 2015 Sprint Cup season were fired well before the calendar flipped to the new year. They date back to August, when the rumors became official and Carl Edwards officially signed with Joe Gibbs …

Drew Bonifant column: Amendola turns jeers to cheers in breakout night

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Danny Amendola spent most of the season as a punchline. Things hadn’t improved much by the start of yesterday’s playoff game. Not after the team’s kick-returner-by-default took the kickoff starting New England’s first possession and …