Nick Bromberg

  • Media Tour Day 4: Gordon doesn't want to be distracted by commemorations

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    When he announced his intentions to step away from the No. 24 car at the end of 2015, Jeff Gordon mentioned that he didn't want the entire season to become a retirement tour.

    Heck, Gordon has even refrained from calling his departure from the Cup Series a retirement, though as he continues to say he likely won't be back in a Cup car after the 2015 season, that's basically what it is.

    On Thursday, Gordon reiterated his desire to not be distracted by the accolades he's sure to get throughout the season.

    "I am concerned," Gordon said via USA Today about the inevitable recognitions."I have seen others go through it and through those experiences you take a mental note of what you think was good and what wasn't.

    "Statements and comments and accolades and already the things that have been put out there are very overwhelming to me and much appreciated, but I want to race hard and be competitive and focus at the race track."

    • There will be no human named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. in the near future.

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  • Chase Elliott to take over for Jeff Gordon in No. 24 car in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Unsurprisingly, Chase Elliott is Jeff Gordon's replacement in Hendrick Motorsports' No. 24 car.

    The team made the news official on Thursday, and said the 2014 Xfinity Series champion would drive the car in 2016 after Jeff Gordon steps aside following the 2015 season.

    “Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. “Not only is he a special talent inside the race car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see. Chase’s personality and demeanor make him popular with fans, teammates and sponsors. He’s a great fit for our organization on many levels, and we feel he and Alan will be a successful combination. There’s a lot to be excited about.”

    Gordon announced last week that 2015 would be his final full-time season as a driver. Elliott, 19, was the likely choice to be his replacement. In his first season in the then-Nationwide Series, Elliott won three races and clinched the championship in the next-to-last race of the season at Phoenix.

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  • Media Tour Day 3: Roush vows to improve in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards made the Chase for Roush Fenway Racing in 2014. Edwards won two races. However, you weren't going out on much of a limb if you thought that the Roush cars wouldn't be championship threats before the Chase began.

    And you would have been right. Biffle was eliminated after the first round of the Chase. He ended up 14th in the standings. Edwards made it into the third round of the Chase but didn't go any further after finishing 20th at Martinsville and 15th at Phoenix.

    The team's other driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., flat struggled. He finished 27th in the standings.

    On Wednesday, improving the team's performance was the big theme during the third day of the Sprint Cup Series media tour.

    “Although we put two cars in the Chase and had three in the top-10 in the XFINITY Series we didn’t perform to our expectations,” Roush president Steve Newmark said. “If you had walked through the halls of Roush Fenway during the latter part of last season, there would have been a high level of dissatisfaction. We set goals for ourselves and didn’t meet them.

    The 2011 Daytona 500 winner has three top-10 finishes in 58 Cup races. Edwards has 187 in 373.

  • Brandon Harris' high school coach wanted him to leave LSU

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    According to David Feaster, the high school coach of LSU QB Brandon Harris, the quarterback is committed to LSU. However, Feaster wanted him to transfer after a less-than-stellar 2014.

    In an interview on the Tim Fletcher Show, he said he told Harris he needed to go the junior college route with a transfer.

    (You can listen to the audio at the 17-minute mark)

    Harris played sparingly early for LSU and got to start against Auburn. That start didn't go well, as he completed 3-14 passes in a 41-7 loss to the Tigers. As Anthony Jennings took over as the quarterback the rest of the way, Harris' playing time was even more limited. He didn't play in LSU's final three games of the year.

    For more LSU news, visit Tigerbait.com.

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    Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

  • Tony Stewart is now the owner of a sprint car series

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Tony Stewart may not be in a sprint car for a long time, but the three-time Sprint Cup champion now has his own sprint car series.

    The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series announced Wednesday that Stewart had purchased the series.

    “My passion for sprint car racing is well known, and the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series has been a pillar of the sport for a long time,” Stewart said in a statement. “Racing is my business, and I look forward to building on the All Star Series’ already impressive legacy by taking it to a new level of success and sustainability.”

    Stewart's reluctance to get in a car anytime soon stems from two accidents in the past two years. In August of 2013, Stewart broke his leg in a sprint car accident. In August 2014, while racing in upstate New York the night before the Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward, who had gotten out of his car to confront Stewart after hitting the wall when the two were racing together. After an investigation into the accident, Stewart was not charged by a grand jury.

    The ASCC has 50 race dates in 2015.

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  • This NBC NASCAR commercial is fantastic (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 days ago

    If you're a regular reader of From the Marbles, you know we're not too big on hyperbole. And we promise we're being hyperbolic when we wonder if this is the best NASCAR television commercial of our (shortish) lifetime.

    It's certainly up there with the GPS one.

    Yeah, we're admittedly biased because of our love for Nick Offerman and Parks and Recreation, but watch it right now. We think you'll agree with us.

    According to NBC's NASCAR Twitter feed, the ad will air during the Super Bowl. NBC picks up 2015 NASCAR broadcasts starting with the summer Daytona race.

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  • How far does TCU coach Gary Patterson walk during games?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Ever wondered how much distance TCU coach Gary Patterson covers during a game? We now have a good idea.

    Ashley Stamp, a student manager for TCU in 2014, posted the following distances from her pedometer on Tuesday. Stamp was one of the managers assigned to Patterson on game days, so she went wherever he went. Behold the results:

    How much does Coach P walk per game? I wore a pedometer this year as I assisted him :) @TCUSID @TCUFootball #gofrogs pic.twitter.com/vKKpPJ7wtT

    If you're familiar with TCU's schedule, you'll immediately notice a correlation between the closeness and/or significance of the game with the distance that was covered. The three most-traveled games were against Baylor (TCU's only loss of the season), at West Virginia (a nailbiting win) and the Peach Bowl against Ole Miss. The two most stationary games were TCU's 82-27 win over Texas Tech and the Horned Frogs' 55-3 win over Iowa State.

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  • Media Tour Day 2: Danica Patrick has a year left on her contract

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 days ago

    Danica Patrick's contract with Stewart-Haas Racing goes for just one more season. Is Stewart-Haas looking to move on at the end of 2015?

    SHR co-owner Gene Haas said the team wants her back and Patrick said Tuesday she doesn't want to drive for anyone else.

    "Absolutely, we would love to see Danica come back," Haas said via USA Today. "We want to see Danica succeed as much as anybody does. I think NASCAR wants to see her succeed. So there's an awful lot of vested interest to have Danica succeed in this man's sport.

    "We're very fortunate to have someone like Danica here."

    Even if Patrick struggles compared to the other three teams at Stewart-Haas, she's still a marketing dream. Because of her popularity, financing the No. 10 car isn't an issue. If Patrick didn't have the ability to attract and keep sponsorship, the decision to keep her after the season barring a Chase berth would be a much different one. We're going to be surprised if Patrick ends up anywhere else but Stewart-Haas in 2016.

  • EKU player allegedly involved in bar fight with Kentucky players

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    An Eastern Kentucky player was allegedly involved in a bar fight with three Kentucky players in Richmond, Ky.

    According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, two witnesses allege that EKU lineman Colton Scurry was the aggressor in the altercation that also involved Kentucky's Dorian Baker, Drew Barker and Tymere Dubose.

    Scurry's father said his son has multiple facial fractures from the incident, which is being investigated by Eastern Kentucky police as an off-campus assault.

    From the Courier-Journal:

    Zach Littleton, an EKU sophomore who said he accompanied the UK players, also described Scurry as the instigator.

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  • Annett moves to HScott Motorsports; Yeley to drive No. 83 for BK Racing

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 days ago

    Michael Annett has a new team in 2015.

    HScott Motorsports announced today that Annett would be a teammate to Justin Allgaier in 2015. Allgaier drove the No. 51 for the team in 2014, its first season of Sprint Cup Series competition. Annett will be bringing sponsorship from Pilot/Flying J with him to his new team, which expands to two full-time cars.

    “The addition of a second team increases HScott’s overall ability to better utilize its resources at track and at the shop to be even more competitive,” owner Harry Scott Jr. said in a statement.  “I’m proud to have seen Justin truly mature as a NSCS driver last year, and I can’t wait to see what he does this year. Like Justin, Michael is coming off his rookie year following six years of competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Michael is a quality driver with a great future at HScott Motorsports. These drivers compliment one another and will make great teammates.”

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