Nick Bromberg

  • Dollar General departing Matt Kenseth's team after 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team will need a new primary sponsor or two in 2017. Dollar General announced Monday that it would be ending its sponsorship deal with the team following the conclusion of the 2016 season.

    "Dollar General has had tremendous success with NASCAR and our sponsorship of Joe Gibbs Racing," the company's statement read. "We have enjoyed a great partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and we are excited to see what the No. 20 Dollar General car driven by Matt Kenseth will accomplish during the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Our strategy to reallocate our future marketing assets into new programs is strictly a business decision to align our priorities to better serve our customer in this rapidly changing retail environment"

    The company named Todd Vasos as its new CEO in May of 2015. Vasos succeeded Rick Dreiling, the CEO of the company when it became a primary sponsor with JGR before the 2013 season when Kenseth joine the team.

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  • Jimmie Johnson is a beast in a car or on a bike

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 19 hrs ago

    Not only is Jimmie Johnson a better stock car driver than any of us mere mortals will ever hope to be, he could probably kick most of our butts in a bike race too.

    Need proof? The day after last Sunday's race at Dover, Johnson (along with fellow Sprint Cup Series drivers Landon Cassill and Josh Wise) took part in the Assault on Mount Mitchell bike ride. The 103-mile jaunt with a 10,000 foot climb starts in Spartanburg, South Carolina and ends at the summit at Mt. Mitchell State Park.

    While Johnson said last week that he'd be in "survival mode" for the ride, he finished it in just over 6:11 and rode with former pro cyclist and Tour de France stage winner George Hincapie.

    It's time.@the_assaults @ghincapie pic.twitter.com/yWDqvNB2S4

    What Johnson calls survival mode on a bike would make a lot of us humans extinct.

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    Johnson swam as a child and caught the fitness bug as an adult while he was in the midst of his run of five-straight Sprint Cup Series championships.

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  • James Hinchcliffe wins pole for 100th Indianapolis 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A year after he almost died while practicing for the Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe will lead the field to green in the 100th running of the famed race.

    Hinchcliffe swiped the pole from Josef Newgarden in the final qualifying run of the day on Sunday with a four-lap average speed of 230.760 MPH. Hinchcliffe had earned the opportunity to run after everyone else by posting the fastest speed in Saturday's preliminary qualifying session.

    And not only is it Hinchcliffe's first career pole for the Indianapolis 500, it's the first time he's ever qualified first in the IndyCar Series.

    "I came into this month hoping we'd have a new story to talk about after what happened last year and I think we did it," Hinchcliffe said after climbing from his car. "I can't believe it. I'm honestly at a loss for words. Which is rare for me.

    Hinchcliffe missed the rest of the 2015 season after the injury and returned for the season-opening race at St. Petersburg in March. He drives for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, a team co-owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt.

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  • Looking at what drivers said before and after the All-Star Race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    By now, you likely know that confusion reigned supreme during Saturday night's All-Star Race won by Joey Logano.

    The race featured yet another new format – inspired by Brad Keselowski – and was designed to feature a thrilling finish after a lack of drama in recent All-Star Races. Like many previous formats, the race featured a mandatory green flag pit stops during the first two segments.

    That's where the race got confusing. Matt Kenseth's team had their driver stay out on track until the last possible moment before pitting in the first segment. The plan backfired when a caution came out with four laps to go, preventing Kenseth from pitting under green. If you're unfamiliar with the chaos that ignited from there,read our post-race post.

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  • Joey Logano wins bizarre All-Star Race with pass of Kyle Larson

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Instead, the memories could be of the various comments from drivers about the way NASCAR officiated the race, which had a new format designed to produce a great finish.

    And the format came through, although it didn't go as planned. Logano ran down Kyle Larson over the race's final 10 laps and made the pass with two laps to go as the two drivers went into turns 1 and 2. Logano was on the low side of Larson and as the driver of the No. 42 kept Logano pinched down on the bottom, his car slid up the track and slammed the wall.

    The impact paved the way for Logano to take the checkered flag ahead of teammate Brad Keselowski, the driver who helped inspire the format for the race.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, and perhaps had the best summation of the night's craziness after he climbed out of his car.

    "Lap down cars were pitting with lead lap cars," Junior said. "Wave-around cars were up front and in the middle, but NASCAR did a good job of sorting the lineups out. Everybody was where they were supposed to be when we went back green so I can't complain. They were just doing it unlike any other way I'd seen them do it before.

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  • Larson makes All-Star Race in fender-banging Showdown finish

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Kyle Larson is racing in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race thanks to a close win over Chase Elliott.

    Larson held off Elliott in a thrilling last three laps of the rain-delayed Sprint Showdown qualifying race for the All-Star Race. Elliott got a run on the final lap and went to make the pass but Larson pinched the driver of the No. 24 into the wall.

    The two kept banging fenders as they drove to the checkered flag and Larson won by a few feet.

    Two laps before, Larson pinched Elliott to the bottom of the tack and got Elliott loose. Had Elliott been able to complete that earlier pass, Larson probably had no shot at the win.

    Despite finishing second, Elliott is in the race. He got in via the fan vote for the race along with Danica Patrick. Joining Larson, Elliott and Patrick in transferring to the All-Star Race via the Showdown are Trevor Bayne and Greg Biffle.

    Bayne won the first 20-lap segment of the race with a three-wide pass over Ryan Blaney and Elliott on the segment's final lap. The pass happened thanks to a restart before the final lap; a restart that NASCAR judged Blaney (who was second on the restart) jumped over Elliott (who was first).

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  • Drivers sent to hospital after crazy Formula 3 crash (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Two drivers were sent to the hospital after a terrifying crash in Saturday's Formula 3 race in Austria.

    Zhi Chong Le ran into the back of Ryan Tveter's stalled car at Spielberg. Le's car then catapulted in the air as another driver, Pedro Piquet, hit Tveter's car.

    Le was taken to the hospitaland reportedly suffered broken heels and four fractured vertebrae in the crash per Motorsport.

    Formula 3's post-crash statement also said that Le was transported to the hospital for a possible head injury. It said one of Le and Tveter was "initially unconscious" immediately after the crash but both were conscious when they arrived at the track medical center. Tveter was hospitialized for more evaluation and discharged with a bruised knee.

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  • Southern's Devon Gales has movement in his legs

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Former Southern wide receiver Devon Gales is making progress in his recovery from a serious spinal injury suffered against Georgia in 2015.

    Gales was left paralyzed after a hit on a kickoffvs. the Bulldogs and suffered multiple neck fractures. In a video his mother took this week, Gales is shown moving his legs on his own.

    Gales' attitude after the injury has been incredible.

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    "Basically this is just a temporary setback," Gales said when leaving Atlanta's Shepherd Center in February. "But it’s not a setback, it’s another blessing. I know I’m going walk out. I know I’m going to have a testimony that I will speak on."

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  • South Carolina QB Connor Mitch to transfer

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    South Carolina quarterback Connor Mitch is transferring.

    The school announced Mitch's departure Friday afternoon. He'll be a graduate transfer and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at his future school.

    "I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer," Mitch said. "I believe it’s in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I’d like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia"

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    Mitch was South Carolina's starting quarterback for the first two games of 2015 and missed the rest of the season. He left the Gamecocks' second game, a loss to Kentucky, because of a separated shoulder. He also spent time in the hospital after the game because of a hip infection.

    Mitch was 13-29 passing for 165 yards and a touchdown in 2015. He threw six passes in 2014 as a backup for Dylan Thompson. 

     

  • West Virginia 'anticipates' Will Grier to be eligible in 2017

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    West Virginia believes Will Grier will be able to play when the 2017 season begins.

    Grier, the former Florida quarterback, transferred to West Virginia in April. Had Grier stayed at Florida, he wouldn't have been eligible to play until the seventh game of the season because of a year-long NCAA suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.

    As a transfer, Grier is required to sit out the 2016 season. And it appears that he'll be able to serve his suspension while he's already required to miss the season.

    “Will Grier enrolled for classes here at WVU on May 16," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "With the timing of his transfer, and the requirements that he has to finish from the NCAA, I cannot officially confirm his eligibility until the summer of 2017.  However, I fully anticipate him being eligible for the opening game of the 2017 season.”

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