Nick Bromberg

  • Tony Stewart is back, even if it's for just a summer day in Sonoma

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 hrs ago

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    This is the Tony Stewart fans have been waiting for over the past three years. The Tony Stewart that says what's on his mind, has a swagger and, oh, drives like hell backing up his words and attitude.

    Not much has gone right for Stewart over the past three years. He entered Sunday's race at 84 races since his last win. That's a long timeframe for anyone. It's even longer when you've suffered abroken leg, a broken vertebra and been involved in an accident and subsequent legal investigation that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

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    He could have been a lot rougher with it, he could have knocked me off the track, he could have spun me, whatever, and won the race."

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  • Quick takeaways from Sonoma: A final lap to remember

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    Throughout 2016 we may have way too many quick thoughts for our post-race posts. So consider our Takeaways feature to be the home of our random and sometimes intelligent musings. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below

    • NASCAR's year of great finishes had another added to the ledger on Sunday as Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin traded contact twice in the final half lap on Sunday at Sonoma.

    Hamlin first got into Stewart in turn 7 and Stewart paid Hamlin back in turn 11. Hamlin said he was mirror-driving Stewart and went high into the corner. His car appeared to shake under braking, but Hamlin said he didn't wheel hop it.

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    Oh poop. Amen.

    You would be guessing wrong. At least from this end.

  • Tony Stewart slams Denny Hamlin out of the way to break winless streak

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 5 hrs ago

    Stewart knocked Denny Hamlin out of the way on the final corner of the final lap of Sunday's race at Sonoma when Hamlin's car slid up high on entrance into the hairpin corner.

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    Hamlin had knocked Stewart out of the way in turn 7 a few corners earlier and Stewart didn't look like he had a chance to get back to Hamlin's bumper. But Hamlin's car looked like it wheel hopped – he said it didn't – into turn 11, and Stewart drove inside of him on the final corner.

    Once Stewart was inside of Hamlin, there was no denying him the win. He moved Hamlin out of the way and into the wall and drove towards the checkered flag with smoke billowing from the sheetmetal rubbing his left front tire.

    "It's special, trust me," Stewart said.

    Yes, Hamlin did.

    Stewart is now nine points outside the top 30. If he gets into the top 30 he's making the Chase.

    "We could run close to those guys all day, we just got stuck back in traffic," Stewart said.

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  • Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley wrestle after truck crash

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

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    Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley had themselves a new kind of NASCAR fight on Saturday night.

    The two Camping World Truck Series drivers ended up in an on-track wrestling match after they crashed in the late stages of the race at Gateway Motorsports Park. Townley came after Gallagher and then the two slow-danced for a bit before Townley attempted what appears to be a WWE-style DDT on Gallagher.

    It also looks like Gallagher could have been saying something funny to Townley after Townley landed the DDT. Why? It appears Townley is smiling for a brief moment.

    The crash with six laps to go was the second crash between the two drivers on the evening. In the first, Townley went spinning off Gallagher's bumper as the two appeared to attempt to occupy the same piece of track at the same time.

    Hence Townley's frustration. And the need to wrestle on the track. It's certainly a fight that's going to be replayed over and over again the rest of the season for a number of factors.

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  • Carl Edwards beats AJ Allmendinger for pole at Sonoma

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Carl Edwards looks like he's a heavy favorite at Sonoma.

    Edwards was fast in both practice sessions Friday and put up the fastest lap of Saturday's qualifying session in both the first and second rounds, beating AJ Allmendinger for the pole.

    Allmendinger, the pole winner last season, provisionally posted the fastest lap of the final round. But then Edwards knocked him off the top spot and no one else was even close. Edwards got the top spot with a great turn 11, the final turn (a hairpin) on the 2-mile road course.

    Allmendinger, who won at Watkins Glen in 2014 to make the Chase, was considered the favorite last year after he started first. But he had mechanical issues and ended up 37th, 12 laps down.

    Edwards got his first road course win the same season. He won at Sonoma. His pole Saturday is his third of the season; the most of anyone in the Cup Series.

    Here's how the field will line up on Sunday. Cody Ware, attempting to make the race in the No. 55 car, missed the race.

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  • No. 95 team's data got hacked this spring and paid ransom to get it back

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing had a run-in with hackers this spring.

    The team said its data got hacked in April and it was forced to pay the hackers a ransom to get it back. The team said it houses everything on Dropbox and first noticed odd activity when a flurry of files was being uploaded to the file hosting and sharing service.

    When the team went to open the files after noticing the activity, they all were encrypted and had a ransom note on them, demanding the ransom be paid or the files would be destroyed.

    “First you don’t want to believe it, but every file I tried to open had the same thing,” Dave Winston, the team's crew chief told Fox Sports. “You know in this sport, the computers have so much information on them, whether it’s track data or wind-tunnel data, engine data, personnel issues, parts issues — all sorts of information.”

    So the team decided to pay the ransom. And had to pay it in BitCoin.

    The team has since taken significant steps to protect its information.

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  • Jeff Gordon 'flattered' by possible talk show interest

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Jeff Gordon certainly isn't ruling out the possibility he could become a talk show host.

    Gordonhas been mentioned as a candidate to succeed Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's co-host on "Live!" Gordon was asked about the possibility on Saturday at Sonoma and said he was flattered about the interest.

    “Well, I’m flattered that my name has been associated with that," Gordon said. "I’ve always maintained a great friendship with the show and some of the producers and folks within the show. I had a great time co-hosting on that show, and I certainly would welcome it. My priority is Fox and Fox Sports and NASCAR, so I will definitely be back in the booth next year. If there was something that would fit into and around that, great. I don’t know if that’s a reality. It’s been really interesting seeing that unfold, but I really don’t have anything that I can say about it.”

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  • Baylor and Art Briles officially part ways

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Baylor and Art Briles are officially done with each other.

    The two parties released a joint statement Friday evening announcing their separation. Briles had been suspended with intent to terminate as an independent investigation regarding the school's handling of sexual assault cases had been released in May.

    Baylor University and Art Briles have mutually agreed to terminate their employment relationship, effective immediately. Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes, including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities within the football program. Baylor is addressing these shortcomings and making ongoing improvements.

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    Two players who were members of the Baylor team while Briles was coach are currently serving prison sentences for rape while other former players have been accused of sexual assault.

  • Tony Stewart: driving in Cup 'does not make me happy right now'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Tony Stewart's frustration from the first practice session was evident when he spoke of his retirement plans. The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion is retiring at the end of the season.

    “Because I’m ready to go run stuff that makes me happy and driving a Sprint Cup car does not make me happy right now," Stewart, who has two (official) top-10 finishes in seven starts this season. " ... I’ve dedicated 18 years of my life to this series and it’s done great by me. I’ve made a great living doing it, but at the same time there are other things in life I want to do other than be at a NASCAR track three days a week for 38 weekends out of 52 weeks a year. There are just other things I want to do now. I never dreamed there was going to be a time that I was going to think about something like this.

    The two-time Sonoma winner made the comments after he was inducted into Sonoma's Wall of Fame.

    After the two made contact, Stewart flipped McMurray, a driver who made his debut three years after Stewart and at 40, is five years younger, off.

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  • Jimmie Johnson details what outlines could be made to plate racing

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Jimmie Johnson revealed Friday what drivers would like to see change at restrictor plate races.

    The style of racing that happens at Daytona and Talladega was a dominant topic following the Talladega race in May when three cars got airborne. Many ideas (including here) were bandied about as possible ways to tweak or outright change the style of plate racing currently in place.

    The season's second race at Daytona is next weekend and Johnson, a member of the Driver's Council, was asked about what drivers would like to see change.

    “I know following Talladega there were a lot of suggestions made," Johnson said. "I certainly had some opinions of why passing was as difficult as it was and the energy that it created in the pack and the need to kind of bump-draft and slam-draft and then crash, like that whole process that took place. I know that they don’t want to over-react and we’re going to a different track in Daytona that works a little bit differently than Talladega does.

    The side draft has increased in influence with the downforce level of the cars and as the front-to-back draft (for lack of a better term) has decreased in importance.

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