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Jimmie Johnson gets ready before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NASCAR notebook: Trip to Dover should spark Johnson’s chances at seventh Sprint Cup title

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Want to see if Jimmie Johnson is still a championship contender? This week will have a lot to say about it. For all the talk surrounding the Joe Gibbs drivers and Kevin Harvick’s travails, plenty of attention should still be centered on the man in the No. 48 Chevy. He’s got the championships – six of them, more than anyone …

When blow comes to blow, Gibbs Racing tough to beat

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The beginning and middle of Sunday’s Sylvania 300 was a race. The ending was a poker game. Or a heavyweight fight. Perhaps both. Caution flags had flown, laps had been run and tens of thousands of pairs of eyes were on the top three in the running order of the annual September Chase …

Drew Bonifant column: How to approach the Chase? Depends on who you ask

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – There are 16 drivers eligible in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship – and by the sound of it, 16 different ways to approach the thing. “Consistency first,” Penske driver Joey Logano said. “We’ve seen consistency be able to get you all the way to (the Chase finale in) Homestead. …

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 …

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 …