Nick Bromberg

  • Atlanta qualifying marred by 13 cars failing to go through inspection

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 8 hrs ago

    Friday's qualifying session at Atlanta was blighted by inspection issues that apparently plagued 13 teams

    More than a quarter of the 47 cars attempting the race didn't get to make a qualifying attempt because they didn't get through inspection on time. According to Fox Sports 1, NASCAR said all 13 cars were at least on their second attempt for inspection after not passing their first time through.

    Jeff Gordon, one of the drivers whose car didn't get through inspection to make a qualifying attempt, called it "embarrassing."

    "First time ever. First time for everything I guess," Gordon said about the number of cars missing out on the first round. "This is absolutely embarrassing ... I just feel so bad for my guys ... to not even get a chance to go out on the race track is ridiculous. I know the fans, they deserve an apology. I don't know how many cars there must be back here that never even got a chance to go on the track.

    While hedging with an "I don't know" in typical Matt Kenseth style, the 2003 champion quipped that "Obviously they weren't organized to get everyone through tech it appears."

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  • Watch: Video from hotel where hauler containing Travis Kvapil's car was

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 9 hrs ago

    The video from the hotel where Travis Kvapil's No. 44 car was located isn't too revealing.

    TMZ obtained the security footage from the Drury Inn where the hauler containing Kvapil's car for Sunday's race at Atlanta was reported stolen.

    The video shows a silver Jeep, identified in previous reports as belonging to the person(s) suspected of taking the truck. The Jeep is shown going into the parking lot and then backing up. A man then walks across the screen from the right to the left.

    However, it's inconclusive if the man shown in the video gets in the truck or not. He disappears and then headlights appear as the truck and hauler drive off to the left.

    The alleged theft took place shortly after 5:30 a.m. From USA Today:

    Team Xtreme crew chief Peter Sospenzo called police at 5:52 a.m. to report the trailer missing.

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  • New Texas A&M DC John Chavis sues LSU and A&M over contract

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Texas A&M John Chavis is suing his current employer and his former employer because of a dispute involving his pay at LSU.

    Yes, Chavis is suing Texas A&M. The Aggies are involved in the lawsuit because of what Chavis says is A&M's possible obligation to pay part of what he says he doesn't owe to LSU.

    We'll let KBTX explain:

    Chavis claims under his contract, he was given a right to terminate his employment agreement with LSU without cause with 30 days notice. If there were between zero and 11 months left on the deal, Chavis claimed he would owe nothing to LSU, but if between 11 and 23 months were left, he would owe $400,000 to the university.

    On January 2, 2015, Chavis claims LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva demanded that Chavis pay the university $400,000. On January 5, Chavis says he turned in this 30-day notice to terminate the contract without cause, making his last day February 4.

    “You can’t decide someone else’s (issues) without them being present to speak for themselves,” Chavis' attorney Bill Youngkin told the Chronicle.

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway gives Jeff Gordon a bandelero for his kids

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 10 hrs ago

    Jeff Gordon has said he doesn't want 2015 to become a farewell tour. But you can be damn sure he's going to get a lot of gifts throughout the season.

    The gift he got from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday was pretty cool. The track gave him a No. 24 bandalero car for his kids Ella and Leo.

    “That is amazing," Gordon said after accepting the gift. "I appreciate you not giving me anything. Leo is going to want to sleep in this thing at night. I have a feeling this might end up in his bedroom for a year or two before he can drive it. That is awesome. Thank you so much. I was watching practice earlier with Xfinity and I saw the ‘Thanks 24’ out there in the grass. It really put a big smile on my face."

    Gordon's first Sprint Cup start came at Atlanta in 1992. It was also Richard Petty's last race. In 41 starts at the track he has five wins and 26 top-10 finishes.

    Will Ella, 7, and Leo, 4, race it? Ella turned laps in a quarter midget car last year.

    “When Leo is ready we have got one for him.  I think that they are going to drive some cars I just don’t know where it all is going to go.”

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  • Kyle Busch released from hospital

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

    Following two surgeries for the injuries he sustained in a crash in Saturday's Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch has been released from the hospital.

    While my teams r still doin amazing work, we r here doin up final adjustments getting ready for recovery at home! pic.twitter.com/SK8oAFNmWL

    Two surgeries, two hospitals, one very long week! So grateful we finally get to go home! Thank you God 🙏 pic.twitter.com/MSdvWybOe8

    Busch had surgery on his broken left foot at a hospital in North Carolina after leaving Daytona. He had his right legoperated on while in Daytona.

    David Ragan is filling in for Busch in the No. 18 car.

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  • Hauler containing Travis Kvapil's Sprint Cup car reported stolen

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 15 hrs ago

    Team Xtreme has withdrawn from Sunday's race at Atlanta after the No. 44 car Travis Kvapil was scheduled to drive was reported stolen from the parking lot of a hotel overnight Thursday.

    The team said the car was in a hauler attached to the back of a truck.

    Ok, to clarify. @Teamxtreme44 transporter is @amsupdates. The guys stayed and worked on the car Thursday at the shop in NC. They drove....

    down last night in a Ford dually and enclosed trailer with racecar inside. That was stolen out of hotel parking lot this am in Morrow, GA

    From NBC Sports:

    The black Ford pickup, white trailer (both with New Jersey license plates) and the No. 44 car were taken early Friday morning from outside the team’s hotel in Morrow, Ga. [Team Xtreme owner] John Cohen said hotel security video shows a silver Jeep pull up before the trailer was taken.

    “That was a thief that stole that,’’ Cohen told NASCAR Talk.

    UPDATE: Here's the security video from the hotel, as obtained by TMZ:

  • Surveillance images from Howard's Rock vandalism released (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    The man who vandalized Howard's Rock at Clemson's Memorial Stadium may not have realized he'd be caught on camera. Or if he did, he was pretty brazen.

    The school released surveillance images from the vandalism, which show a man hitting the glass case surrounding the rock with what appears to be a rod. The incident shattered the glass around the case, though Clemson said the rock itself appeared to be unharmed. Construction crews working on the stadium found the rock's case vandalized on Wednesday morning.

    Howard's Rock case vandal caught on tape. Photos, description and background: http://t.co/aTMaglK6wu #Clemson pic.twitter.com/BJZT6chhEo

    The suspect has not been found yet. From WLTX:

    The rock has been removed from Memorial Stadium until a new case is found.

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  • Texas A&M moving away from #WRTS hashtag

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    If you're familiar with anything Texas A&M-related on Twitter, you've undoubtedly seen the #WRTS hashtag when it comes to recruiting.

    "WRTS" means "We Run This State," and while Kevin Sumlin has said he prefers using "YESSIR" when it comes to recruiting, others have used it. It, of course, can be interpreted as a shot at other Texas schools as the Aggies have started getting the highest-ranked recruiting classes in the state in recent years.

    However, A&M is now moving to officially distance itself from the hashtag.

    Why? Well, someone now related to the Texas A&M program filed a trademark for the wordmark.

    The father of Daylon Mack, a four-star defensive linemanwho committed in the class of 2015 to the Aggies, filed a trademark for #WRTS in the middle of 2014. He even used the same attorney that Johnny Manziel used for his "Johnny Football" trademark.

    Got any hashtag suggestions for A&M?

  • David Ragan: Full-time schedule with Front Row was 'a little iffy'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    David Ragan's arrangement with Joe Gibbs Racing was aided by a tenuous full-time status at Front Row Motorsports.

    Ragan, who is filling in for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 car in the near-term, said it was "iffy" if he'd be able to run the full season in the No. 34 car.

    "Our situation at Front Row this year was a little iffy on whether we were going to be able to run the entire schedule," Ragan said. "We had some good sponsorship with some of our partners – CSX and KFC for the Daytona 500. I got a call from one of the management at Joe Gibbs Racing on Monday afternoon and they just asked if I had any interest in talking to them. They had heard that I wasn't committed or didn't have a firm commitment for the full, entire Sprint Cup season. I told them that I would have some interest if we could get all the parties to mutually agree on a package that would benefit us all."

    He said Thursday that he didn't know how long he'd be filling in for Busch, who is sidelined with a broken right leg and a broken left foot after his crash on Saturday.

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  • Happy Hour: It revolves around the Busch brothers

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Happy Hour is back, back again. Happy Hour is back, back, tell a friend.

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here and have a good time.

    Llamas, llamas everywhere on Thursday. We even heard they were testing a car or two at the track as part of a new NASCAR program designed to get animals into the sport. In case you were wondering if a llama could make the Chase, here are five reasons it could.

    QuikTrip is the title sponsor of Sunday's race, and to celebrate, QT is providing the media food for the weekend.

    Thanks @QuikTrip for the media center food this weekend! #FoHQT500 pic.twitter.com/IefMW48NBi

    Let's start with an email regarding the Daytona 500 finish.

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    It depends on the Chase! Yes, there are two Chases.

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