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Brad Keselowski during qualifying for the NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Sprint Cup notebook: Despite fast cars, Keselowski consistently falling short of Victory Lane

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Around this time last year, Brad Keselowski seemed to be winning without trying. Funny how things change. These days, it’s as if the former champion can’t buy those wins that once came so easily. “This point last year we had three wins and right now we’re sitting at one,” he said. “We’d like to have three or four more than we’ve got right now.” He’s had chances, which is what makes it so frustrating. Keselowski’s led 209 laps over the past five races, often sporting one of the field’s fastest cars, but has earned no victories for his efforts. He has four top-10s and two …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …