Nick Bromberg

  • If NASCAR had the F1 points system, Kyle Busch is in the top 10

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    There would be no concerns for Kyle Busch's Chase eligibility if NASCAR used Formula 1's points system.

    After winning his fourth race of the last five races in Sunday's Brickyard 400, Busch is tied for the Sprint Cup lead in wins with Jimmie Johnson. But he's in 32nd place in the points standings because of his absence in the first 11 races of the year after he broke his leg and foot at Daytona in February.

    In the F1 format, Busch would rank ninth and ahead of such drivers as Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray.

    A driver must be in the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase. Busch is on the fast track to the top 30 with the way he's blistering the field. But he's also potentially out of the Chase if he has a bad finish or two over the next five races and can't recover.

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    1st: 25 points 2nd: 18 points 3rd: 15 points 4th: 12 points 5th: 10 points 6th: 8 points 7th: 6 points 8th: 4 points 9th: 2 points 10th: 1 point

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  • Dabo Swinney: Notre Dame should play 13 games as independent

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Dabo Swinney has an idea if Notre Dame doesn't join a conference. The Irish should play an extra game for College Football Playoff eligibility.

    The Clemson coach suggested that Notre Dame add a 13th game to its schedule if it continues to be an independent. His comments come shortly after Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Notre Dame should join a conference to be eligible for the College Football Playoff.

    Dabo Swinney agrees w/Gary Pinkel: “Absolutely Notre Dame needs to be in conference or play 13 games to be in @CFBPlayoff"

    The Irish currently have an affiliation agreement with the ACC. Notre Dame plays five ACC opponents on a rotating basis and also plays Texas, USC and Stanford this year. They play nine power conference opponents in total, the same number of power five opponents the SEC requires after its one-out-of-conference power five opponent rule goes into effect.

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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  • Indy rules tweaks don't see the same rave reviews as Kentucky

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – The lower downforce tweaks NASCAR made at Kentucky were immediately lauded by many of the drivers. The higher drag changes made for Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis did not receive the same enthusiasm.

    The higher spoilers and other changes NASCAR made for the race didn't seem to have a big impact on the race. The Brickyard has always been a race where track position is pivotal. The fact didn't change with a nine-inch spoiler.

    Joey Logano, who finished second to Kyle Busch, said he felt drivers had a three-lap window after restarts to make a pass. Drivers were able to make aggressive moves down the backstretch immediately after restarts before the field would start to string out.

    "The draft on the straightaways, obviously, was larger for sure, but doesn't make up for what we lose in the corners so it's hard to make it happen somehow. I think we can fine-tune the package and maybe see something different, but for the most part it seemed like Indy out there to me."

    Matt Kenseth was quite succinct. He finished seventh.

    Busch did say there were benefits to the aerodynamic changes. But he was also speaking after visiting victory lane.

  • Kyle Busch wins Brickyard 400, his 4th win in 5 races

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Even if he doesn't make the Chase, Kyle Busch's streak is one of the most impressive accomplishments in recent NASCAR memory.

    The driver of the No. 18 scored his fourth win in five races in Sunday's Brickyard 400, holding off Joey Logano on a green-white-checker restart.

    The four wins put Busch in a tie with Jimmie Johnson for the series lead in wins. However, Busch has run 11 fewer races than Johnson. He missed those races after breaking a leg and foot in an accident in the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona.

    The injury is why he's still not a lock for the Chase, though he's on pace to make it into NASCAR's postseason. Drivers must be in the top 30 of points to make the Chase and Busch is now 23 points out with five races to go before the Chase. He made up 35 points on 30th place on Sunday.

    "Oh my gosh. I just can't believe this run right now," Busch said. "I can't believe what's going on ... It's really a treat to win at Indy."

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  • Jeff Gordon crashes in final Brickyard 400 start (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Gordon's hopes of a sixth Brickyard 400 win in his 22nd and final start in the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway disappeared after a crash on a lap 50 restart.

    Clint Bowyer spun in turn three and Gordon was collected in the aftermath. His car spun around too and nosed the outside wall before coming to a complete stop. While it wasn't a hard hit, the damage was still fairly substantial. And with the demands placed on having an aerodynamically efficient car, a win was immediately out of the question.

    "I was underneath Kasey Kahne and we were just racing for position," Gordon said in the garage while his car was being repaired. "I saw Bowyer get sideways. I don’t know what caused it. Me and Kasey were trying to check up to avoid it. I don’t know if he got loose or we just both got loose together. Then I just lost control and got in the wall.”

    After his team attempted to repair the damage on pit road, Gordon was forced to go to the garage so his crew could make more substantial repairs. He returned again to the track but finished 42nd, 54 laps down.

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  • Retired veteran surprised with special edition No. 43 car, groceries

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A family coming to the Indianapolis 500 is leaving with a Petty blue Ford Fusion and a year's worth of groceries.

    Aric Almirola and Eckrich, his sponsor for Sunday's Brickyard 400, gave Luther and Stephani Martin a special edition 2016 Fusion painted to look like Almirola's car he'll drive on Sunday. And there was also a gift card for the groceries in the back seat.

    Luther Martin is a retired staff sargeant and spent 17 years in the military before he medically retired with multiple injuries. Stephani Martin is his full-time caregiver and is part of the Operation Homefront Hearts of Valor program.

    "I'm a little lost for words," Luther Martin said. "I was just told that we were coming to the race track today, but we had no idea that we were going to get a new car and free groceries.  I'm really thankful and humbled.  I can't thank Eckrich, Aric Almirola and Kroger enough for making this a great day."

    Almirola, who is 15th in the points standings, starts 22nd in Sunday's race.

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  • Carl Edwards to start first in Brickyard 400

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards has the pole for the second-straight race.

    The driver of the No. 19 started first at New Hampshire last week and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Brickyard 400. he posted the fastest lap of the second round of Saturday's qualifying session with a speed of 183.464 MPH.

    Edwards will start alongside Joey Logano, who posted a lap of 183.139 MPH. Logano also started on the front row at New Hampshire.

    David Ragan will start third, Tony Stewart will start fourth and Kyle Larson will start fifth.

    Ragan was also third at New Hampshire. According to NASCAR, the last time the same drivers started 1-2-3 in consecutive weeks was in 2009. Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson did it at New Hampshire and Daytona.

    But those sessions were set by points because of rain. The las time the same drivers went 1-2-3 in back-to-back weeks was in 1972. The drivers were David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker.

    Stewart was the fastest driver in the first round of qualifying and went out last in the second session. The trackers showed him faster than Edwards through turns 1 and 2 but the advantage disappeared on the backstretch.

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  • Report: Two Florida players cited for not paying for food

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Two Florida players have been cited for leaving a bowling alley without paying for their food.

    The citations against RB Adam Lane and DT Caleb Brantley were first reported by In All Kinds of Weather.

    Brantley, Lane and a few other people walked into Splitz Bowling Alley in Gainesville just before 9:00pm on July 4th. The two left 45 minutes later without paying their respective tabs. Brantley’s was for $42.34, while Lane’s was for $16.93. The rest of the group accumulated the remainder of the ~$90 tab.

    Brantley played in all 12 of Florida's games in 2014 and had 21 tackles as a redshirt freshman. Lane had a breakout performance in the Birmingham Bowl against East Carolina. However, his game is more remembered for an incident that required a change of pants after he scored a touchdown.

    No potential discipline for the two players has been announced by Florida. Given the degree of the charges, it likely won't be too harsh.

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  • How much will the increased draft boost passing at Indianapolis?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Despite three practice sessions for Sunday's Brickyard 400, it's impossible to quantify just how much the higher-drag modifications to the Sprint Cup Series cars will affect the racing. It is apparent, however, that passing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway won't magically be easy.

    The cars at Indianapolis have a nine-inch spoiler (three inches higher than normal) and a larger splitter edge and bigger radiator pans. The changes were mandated by NASCAR in an effort to increase drag created by the cars. The higher drag means that, theoretically, trailing cars would have a large draft effect from the car in front of them.

    The draft effect would then help facilitate passing. Which, according to Denny Hamlin, is still going to be hard to do. The fastest way around Indianapolis is single-file through the corners. While two-wide racing in the turns is feasible, it's not optimal.

    Cars typically don't run in close proximity during practice. Sunday's race will be the first real test of the modifications. But some teams – like Carl Edwards and his No. 19 team – tried to draft off other cars as much as possible.

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  • Denny Hamlin's hood popped up during practice at Indy (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    The limited visibility out of the backs of the Sprint Cup cars has been a discussion point at Indianapolis with the nine-inch spoilers. Since the spoiler is taller, drivers can see less out of their rear-view mirrors.

    During Friday's second practice, Denny Hamlin not only had less visibility out the back window, he could hardly see out the front windshield of his car either.

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    Hamlin's hood popped up and in front of his windshield thanks to an issue with the hood pins. The impact with his windshield busted the hood and a caution was necessary for NASCAR to pick up the debris from it.

    Hamlin was able to make it back to the garage and his garage stall. His team was also able to fix the car so that he didn't have to go to a backup.

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