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Austin Dillon walks on pit road before qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Friday, May 29, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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 at Pocono marked the 14th race of the Sprint Cup’s 26-race regular season, and with more time elapsed than remaining until the Chase for the Cup begins, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are making it clear that they’re the top contenders to add another championship to their mantles. They’ve done it in different ways. Harvick, the defending champion, has been the model of consistency, with 13 top-10s …

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 good finish helps and a bad finish hurts. Get him to Victory Lane, however, and …

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 even been in a downtown parade, with jubilant fans surrounding him and his teammates after …

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 …

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. …

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 …