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CORRECTS DATE - Driver Jimmie Johnson keeps a lead over Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman  during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday Sept. 20, 2014, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Johnson chasing down his own high standards

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – It’s Jimmie Johnson’s favorite time of the year. But with the second race of the Chase set to begin, Six-Time has the tone of the kid whose birthday party isn’t quite up to his expectations. “It’s not the best mood,” Johnson said about the atmosphere in his team’s garage. That comes across loud and clear when he talks … 0

Gordon, Johnson, someone else? Filling out the Chase bracket

Friday, September 19, 2014

Their areas of expertise are wildly different, but ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and college basketball icon Dick Vitale agree on one thing: Come the final, all-or-nothing race at Miami, Hendrick Motorsports will have the best crack at taking the title. Craven, the former Concord resident with 278 Sprint Cup races on his … 0

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, he was aware he was the only Hendrick driver without a win. Yes, he knew … 0