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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 …

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 …

Drew Bonifant: Former teammates are net gains for UNH, Dartmouth

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

They’ve got the highest-profile positions on the two best teams in the Granite State. The University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth men’s hockey teams are among the top 10 in the country, and Casey DeSmith and Cab Morris …