Nick Bromberg

  • RCR appeals tire penalty to final appeals officer

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Richard Childress Racing isn't satisfied with the decision it got from NASCAR's appeals panel Thursday.

    The team has decided to appeal its tire penalty from California to NASCAR's final appeals officer. NASCAR's appeal panel upheld the violation for manipulating tires but reduced the penalty assessed to the teamby 25 points to 50 (and crew chief Luke Lambert's fine by $50,000) on administrative grounds.

    NASCAR teams are granted two attempts at a penalty appeal.

    RCR has appealed #31 team P5 penalty to Final Appeals Officer (Bryan Moss). Administrator has granted deferral of suspensions, fines #NASCAR

    The deferral of the suspensions means that Lambert, tire tech James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen can work at Bristol. The three were suspended for six races for the penalty and the suspensions were upheld on Thursday.

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  • Matt Kenseth wins pole at Bristol

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Matt Kenseth's streak of fast cars at Bristol is continuing.

    Kenseth won his second career pole at the half-mile track on Friday, beating out Brad Keselowski for the top spot.

    While Kenseth's last pole came in 2005, he's been very good at Bristol in recent years, even if his finishes don't completely show it. Kenseth has led laps in the last seven Bristol races and had one of the best cars in last yea's spring race despite sustaining damage early in the race after he was run into from behind.

    Carl Edwards, winner of last year's race after an accidental pressing of the caution lights button and a fortuitously-timed rain shower, qualified third. Kevin Harvick was fourth while Denny Hamlin was fifth. David Ragan, teammate to Kenseth, Edwards and Hamlin, qualified 11th.

    Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top eight, which means the first four rows for Sunday's race are filled with drivers who have previously won at Bristol.

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  • Big Ten pens paper discussing idea of freshman ineligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Big Ten isn't backing down from its stance that freshmen should be ineligible.

    The league released a 12-page paper on Friday titled "Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us" that elaborated on a possible recommendation of potential freshman ineligibility for football and men's basketball players.

    The league made sure to explicitly say that the idea was not a proposal. Rather it portrayed it as an examination of the current state of the main revenue-producing college sports. It cited the O'Bannon lawsuit and the efforts at Northwestern to unionize, two movements that highlighted the revenue and attention that athletes bring in to universities. It also called the NCAA a "house of cards" if education was not prioritized among athletes and cited data that said football and men's basketball were last in academic progress and graduation rate.

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  • Matt Kenseth's son to run Xfinity race at Chicago for JGR

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A second Kenseth will be in a car for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015.

    Ross Kenseth, the son of 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, will drive the team's No. 20 car in the Xfinity Series race at Chicago on Saturday, June 20.

    "Ross has been working really hard to try to get a good opportunity," Matt Kenseth said Friday. "Certainly, I don't think the opportunity could be any better than this. I feel like the 20 is one of the best [Xfinity] cars out there this year with [crew chief Mike Wheeler] running that thing. It will be a great shot for him and really appreciate Joe (Gibbs) and everybody at JGR giving him that chance and everybody at Dollar General to jump on there and sponsor his first ever NASCAR start.

    "It's exciting for me and it's an off-weekend so I'll be able to be there and be part of that. Looking forward to seeing how he does. It's a great shot and he's worked really hard for it. He's won a lot of big short track races and he's never going to be more ready for the opportunity than he is now."

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  • Charlotte to serve 6.5-lb burritos, 6-lb burgers at All-Star Race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    The track that gave us the Funnel Bacakonator is back with some more crazy concessions.

    Charlotte Motor Speedway announced Friday that it will serve a 6.5-pound burrito and a six-pound burger during the All-Star Race weekend on May 15-16.

    Yes, those measurements are in pounds and not ounces. If you're looking for something less hefty, you can always go with the candied bacon on a stick the track introduced with the burrito and the burger.

    First, the details on the burrito.

    The "Crank Shaft Burrito," which will cost $25, has four tortillas, 1.5 pounds of beans, 1.5 pounds of cole slaw and 3 pounds of pulled pork. It also has a half-pound of cheese sauce plus a quarter-pound of jalapenos and "more" baked beans, slaw and pork. If you're scoring at home, you'll notice that the ingredients add up to more than 6.5 pounds, so depending on the amount of "more," you could score a seven-pound burrito.

    Oh, it's also 1,685 calories according to the track.

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  • VOD: Iowa State channels 'Field of Dreams'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    This is glorious.

    The ISU Letterwinners Club posted a 'Field of Dreams' imitation to YouTube earlier in the week featuring linebacker Levi Peters and coach Paul Rhoads.

    We're not sure you need us to explain the similarities to the movie, which was set in Iowa.

    The clip is a promo for the renovations the school is doing at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State is expanding the stadium's capacity to 61,000 and adding a second video board, among other things.

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  • Michigan's attendance streak was boosted with 60,000+ free tix

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Michigan's streak of home games with over 100,000 people in attendance got a significant assist from comped tickets in 2014.

    According to the Detroit News, the school had a significant increase in free tickets given out last season.

    There were 62,879 free tickets distributed during the 2014 season that accounted for roughly 8.6 percent of attendance, a sharp increase from the previous season, when 2.8 percent of the attendance came from comp tickets. Even with the comps, the stadium surpassed its capacity of 109,901 only once, and that came in a night game against Penn State.

    The last time Michigan had a home game with less than 100,000 was on Oct. 25, 1975. The News says the six-figure mark includes "tickets sold, tickets distributed, staffing, catering employees, university facility and operations employees, the spirit squad and marching band, and the media."

    For more Michigan newsvisit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Ryan Newman's points penalty reduced to 50 on appeal

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Richard Childress Racing's appeal of penalties to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team at California netted the team a reduction in punishment.

    NASCAR initially penalized the No. 31 team 75 points for manipulating tires during the March 22 race. Newman's team was found to have drilled holes in the car's tires. The slow loss of air via the holes allows the tires to better maintain a lower air pressure and, therefore, speed, throughout the duration of a tire run.

    While the penalties were upheld, the points penalty is down to 50 points after the appeal. Crew chief Luke Lambert also saw his fine cut to $75,000 from $125,000 though his six-race suspension was upheld.

    With the 50-point penalty, Newman has 162 points and is 20th in the standings.

    According to a NASCAR release, NASCAR's appeals panel of John Capels, Hunter Nickell and Dale Pinilis found that the violations matched what NASCAR defined them as. However, the penalties were lessened " because there is no written explanation of what constitutes a post-race inspection."

  • Happy Hour: Bristol, Kyle and Brad and a doomsday prediction

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    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.

    As we typed this, the appeal for Richard Childress Racing's tire penalty at California was still ongoing. What would you eat for lunch in an appeal like this? Would your mood be your food choice? Would you go for a hamburger if you were optimistic? Not eat at all if things weren't going your way? Would you be superstitious?

    We think we'd go with something not too filling. We can't imagine trying to state your case and defend yourself weighed down with a huge lunch would be a good idea. And yes, we're weird for thinking of this.

    Sunday sets up as a wonderful day if you're a race fan. Formula 1 at Bahrain is on live in the mid-morning, then Bristol and then the Long Beach Grand Prix starts right as Bristol should be wrapping up.

    Well, should be wrapping up if there's not a rain de... WAIT WHAT IS GOING ON? WHY ARE THERE CAUTION LIGHTS NOW ON?

    Whoops, looks like NASCAR accidentally turned the caution lights on again.

    Alright, let's get to it.

     

  • Scott Frost says he's gotten some dumb questions about Mariota

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost has become a go-to for NFL scouts about Marcus Mariota.

    The 2014 Heisman winner is a projected top pick in April 30's NFL draft and, predictably, he's been under intense scrutiny from the teams who are interested in his services.

    So Frost has been quizzed about all things Mariota, including the quarterback's attitude, which, perplexingly, has been questioned as too nice. It's a notion that Frost calls ridiculous.

    "Some of them were great questions and some of them were some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard," Frost said via OregonLive.com on the questions he's gotten from scouts. "I think it's ridiculous to think Marcus is too nice to play football. If that was the case, he wouldn't have won so many games around here."

    In 41 games as Oregon's starting quarterback, Mariota threw for 10,796 yards, 105 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His teams were 36-5 in those games and he scored a 33 on the Wonderlic test.