Nick Bromberg

  • Power Rankings: The tires cut short Truex's ride at the top

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 hrs ago

    Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com.

    1. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 2): Oh, Johnson was an absolute sitting duck on the final caution flag for Casey Mears' broken axle. Had Johnson pitted, lots of cars behind him likely would have stayed out. So Johnson stayed out, and everyone else behind him came in. He had a great car and did a pretty damn good job to hold on to sixth with old tires while everyone else behind him had fresh ones. But it was the right call to stay out. He was simply damned no matter what happened.

    5. Joey Logano (LW: 5): "What? Why is Joey Logano here? He was hardly a factor all race and he must have finished back int he pack somewhere." *Checks standings.* "Ohhhhhh." Logano finished fifth on Sunday, another driver who capitalized on fresh tires at the end of the race. Logano was near the front of the field when the final caution came and went from eighth to fifth on the final green flag stint.

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  • Jim Harbaugh once played chess and drank milk with now-recruit

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    We doubt Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin had any idea they could have been recruiting for many years into the future when they stopped by the Murphy household on a recruiting trip for Stanford.

    Yes, this is another random Harbaugh story.

    While the two were coaching the Cardinal they were recruiting Trent Murphy, a defensive end in the class of 2009. When they stopped by the Murphy household for a visit, Trent's parents weren't there. They were at the hospital as Laurie Murphy was pregnant with their seventh child and was having labor pains.

    "It was either go home, get ready for Jim Harbaugh or get my wife to the hospital," Jerry Murphy told Sports 360. "Well my wife’s going to win. We went to the hospital. We thought it was going to be a routine visit, just go there and leave … by the time we left, we were at the hospital for a good five hours."

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Akron president says he would not have built football stadium

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Akron struggled getting fans into the seats of InfoCision Stadium in 2014. And those attendance struggles are making the president of the school second guess the decision to build the new stadium a handful of years ago.

    The Zips attracted just over 55,000 fans last year. Yes, that's for an entire season. In case you were wondering, each of the top 30 teams in FBS attendance in 2014 each averaged more than Akron's season total per game.

    InfoCision Stadium seats 30,000.

    In an interview with the Akron Beacon-Journal, the president of the university was pretty straightforward when asked about the stadium built in 2009.

    Even UA President Scott Scarborough, who took over last year, is lukewarm on InfoCision Stadium.

    “I would not have built that stadium,” he said, putting extra emphasis on the word “that” during a recent interview with the Beacon Journal editorial board.

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  • The rainbow car is back: Gordon to run special scheme at Bristol

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 6 hrs ago

    If you were wanting Jeff Gordon to run a rainbow throwback car during 2015, your wish has been granted.

    Gordon will drive a car similar to his iconic car of the 1990s at Bristol in August. He's vacating the seat of the No. 24 at the end of the season and moving to a broadcast role with Fox Sports in 2016.

    NEWS: @JeffGordonWeb to run iconic #Rainbow24 scheme at THE Night Race! #ItsBristolBaby #ITNR RT if you're pumped! pic.twitter.com/TkwRjjCnpY

    You'll notice one difference right away. And it's Axalta instead of DuPont. The Carlyle Group bought DuPont in 2013 and the company became Axalta. The sponsorship with Gordon stayed.

    If you're drawing a blank on what the original rainbow car looked like, here it is.

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  • Martin Truex Jr. found the tire barriers at Sonoma

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Martin Truex Jr. had 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 races of 2015. He now has 14 in the first 16 races.

    Truex's race went south in the early stages on Sunday at Sonoma when he made contact with David Ragan.

    The two were racing side-by-side in the esses when they made contact. As Truex's car nudged ahead of Ragan's they made contact again and Truex was heading into the tires.

    The impact necessitated a red flag to fix the tires and the concrete wall behind them. Truex was unhurt.

    I kind of had [Ragan] passed about four times and every time he just didn’t really give an inch," Truex said. "I hit him down there in Turn 7 on accident and kind of doored him and I think he got pissed off and turned me on purpose. It’s just unfortunate that happened, but that is part of the restarts here and part of the craziness that happens. You have to be up front."

    Truex's team got his car wounded car raceable again and he was able to get back on the track, albeit many laps down. Not long after Truex emerged onto the track again, Ragan was in the tires.

    Ragan finished 39th, Edwards was 40th and Truex was 42nd.

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  • Kyle Busch wins at Sonoma; the race to the top 30 is on

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    Kyle Busch has his win for Chase qualification. Now he needs to get into the top 30 in points.

    Busch held off his brother Kurt for the win Sunday at Sonoma, his second-career win at the California road course.

    Kyle restarted seventh when the race went back to green with eight laps to go because of Casey Mears' broken axle. More importantly, Busch was the second driver with fresh tires. Clint Bowyer was the only driver who pitted under the caution flag that started ahead of Busch.

    Busch got past Bowyer three turns after the restart when Bowyer made contact with Busch's teammate, Matt Kenseth. Busch then went on a tear, passing drivers one-by-one until he got to leader Jimmie Johnson, who he dispatched with ease with six laps to go.

    Kurt Busch got past Bowyer with a few laps to go but could get close enough to his brother's back bumper to make a challenge for the lead. It's the first time the two have finished 1-2 in a Sprint Cup Series race.

    Can he do it? It's a tall task. His race to the top 30 is now a big storyline for a series that's been deprived of them so far in 2015.

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  • 4 Utah State players involved in auto accident Friday

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Four Utah State football players were hospitalized after they were involved in a car crash Friday.

    The players, defensive linemen Adewale Adeoye, Edmund Faimalo, Travis Seefeldt and John Taylor, were in a car with former Utah State softball player Sarah Vasquez. According to Utah State football coach Matt Wells, the players will all be OK "eventually." None of the injuries to the five are considered life-threatening.

    From the Logan Herald-Journal:

    “I’ve seen all four of our guys today and gotten reports back from Sarah that (she’s improving), but all of those guys are stable and trying to rest and recover,” Wells said in an interview with The Herald Journal late Saturday afternoon. “Bottom line is they’re in a lot of pain and discomfort, but they’re very fortunate and we all are fortunate that they’re alive and they’re going to be OK eventually.”

    Adeoye posted this picture to Instagram with the caption of "All I can say is ... God is so good. Thank you everyone for the support I wouldn't be here without guys."

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  • Brian France doesn't want the Confederate flag at NASCAR races

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    If NASCAR chairman Brian France had his way, the Confederate flag would not have a presence at his sport's races.

    Earlier in the week, his sport issued a statementthat it supported the calls by South Carolina officials to take the flag down from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol.

    From the AP:

    "We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag,'' France told The Associated Press on Saturday. ''I personally find it an offensive symbol, so there is no daylight how we feel about it and our sensitivity to others who feel the same way.

    ''We're working with the industry to see how far we can go to get that flag to be disassociated entirely from our events.''

    The sport would be within its rights to prevent the flag from being flown at races. But the logistics of such a ban would be almost impossible to force.

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  • Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil arrested for domestic assault

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested after a Thursday night domestic assault incident.

    Tunsil was reportedly defending his mother from his stepfather while at her house. He turned himself in to police and was arrested for a misdemeanor simple assault domestic violence charge. From ESPN:

    "His stepfather shoved his mom and Laremy punched him," a source said. "It's as simple as that. He was defending his mother."

    Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze issued a statement about Tunsil's arrest on Saturday.

    The Oxford Police Department told both ESPN and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that the arrest report for Tunsil would be available on Monday.

    For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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  • AJ Allmendinger wins pole for Sonoma

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    AJ Allmendinger thinks he has a good shot at a win on Sunday at Sonoma. His qualifying attempt backed it up.

    Allmendinger will start first for Sunday's road course race. He turned the fastest lap in the second round of qualifying and will start alongside Kurt Busch.

    The driver of the No. 47 won last year's road course race at Watkins Glen to make the Chase for the first time. A win at Sonoma would likely put him in the Chase too. Allmendinger has never won at the Northern California track.

    Matt Kenseth, a man not necessarily known for his road-course prowess will start third. Kyle Larson starts fourth and Jeff Gordon, the winningest driver at Sonoma, will start fifth in his final start.

    Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Casey Mears, David Ragan and Brad Keselowski round out the top 10. 10 different drivers have won the last 10 races at Sonoma and four of those (Busch, Gordon, Bowyer and Stewart) are in the top 10.

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