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Kevin Harvick raises his trophy as he celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship series auto race in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

New Chase a smashing success – but questions for the future linger

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Start with the fact – this year, the Chase for the Sprint Cup got it right. Whether you were a supporter of the Sprint Cup’s first experiment with an elimination-based playoff system, or someone building up a year’s worth of resentment for the new format, you can’t argue that it worked. The two best drivers, from start to finish, were Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick. They were the ones who most deserved the championship. And there they were, in the season finale at Homestead, with every shot to bring it home. It was a success. No doubt. But it begs a question. Did the new …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Day 1 Recap: NASCAR's Sprint Media Tour in North Carolina

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 1 Recap  The four-day NASCAR Sprint Media Tour got underway today in Charlotte and began with an announcement on the season's first race, the Sprint Unlimited. Sprint announced the fan-friendly nature of the race, as internet and …