Nick Bromberg

  • State wants Coastal Carolina to find more private funding for stadium

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 54 mins ago

    Coastal Carolina is having some trouble getting its stadium expansion plans approved.

    The school is planning to expand its stadium as the team moves to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference for the 2017 season. The Brooks Stadium expansion project, initially budgeted at $38 million, was presented to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education on Thursday with a budget just under $30 million.

    It's necessary for the stadium to expand for FBS requirements. Brooks Stadium currently seats just over 9,000 and FBS teams must have an average attendance of at least 15,000 fans.

    Per The Myrtle Beach Sun and News, it was the fourth time since February that the school had presented its case to the commission, which reviewed the plan during a school board of trustees meeting.. The new budget included bond funding "to be as low as $22.9 million" after the board of trustees approved a $2 million contribution from a reserve fund.

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  • Here's what the All-Star Race will look like in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    NASCAR announced the rules for the Sprint All-Star Race on Friday. And there are a fair amount of rule changes.

    Let's start with the basics. There will be three segments. The first two are 50 laps each and the final segment is 13 laps. 20 cars will start the race. Drivers eligible are those who have won in 2015 and/or 2016, the three drivers that win segments in the Sprint Showdown and a driver(s) eligible via the fan vote after the Showdown.

    Now let's get to the craziness:

    • Drivers are obligated to pit for either two or four tires between the first two segments.

    • Drivers are obligated to pit again, at least for two tires, before lap 85 (lap 35 of the second segment).

    • A random draw is held after the second segment to decide if the top nine, 10 or 11 cars will be forced to make a mandatory pit stop before the final segment.

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  • Teresa Earnhardt challenging Kerry Earnhardt's use of last name

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 hrs ago

    Teresa Earnhardt is appealing a court decision that denied her challenge of Kerry Earnhardt's usage of the name "Earnhardt" in his "Earnhardt Collection" of homes.

    Kerry Earnhardt is the older son of Dale Earnhardt and the half-brother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kerry was born to Dale and his first wife Latane, who changed her name when she remarried. Kerry Earnhardt, who drove in seven career Sprint Cup Series races, now has a "lifestyle brand" with his wife Rene.

    From ESPN:

    "Rene and I have worked extremely hard to develop the Earnhardt Collection brand and make it uniquely ours," Kerry Earnhardt said in a statement to ESPN.com "I chose to leave a successful career in racing and could not be happier with what we've been able to achieve in the five years we've been building our home lifestyle brand inspired by our love of the outdoors."

    Hate that my brother & family have to deal w/ this nonsense for over 4 yrs. It's our name too! We were born w/ it! https://t.co/QtRQ7dZKfw

  • Clint Bowyer: Season is 'beginning to start rolling'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas – After a self-described "miserable" start to the season, Clint Bowyer is thinking everything is starting to get on track.

    Bowyer, who is spending the 2016 season with HScott Motorsports before joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 to take over for Tony Stewart, has two top-10 finishes in the last three Sprint Cup Series races.

    His best finish in the first seven races of the season was 18th and he had four finishes of 30th or worse. The fifth 30+ finish came between the top 10s at Bristol and Talladega when Bowyer was 33rd and two laps down two weeks ago.

    "I was struggling to get that kind of consistency where I was last year," Bowyer said Thursday. "It is beginning to start rolling ... We’ve got some good things coming that I’m excited about.  That is the thing – when you are down, most of the time there is a reason, especially, when you are down as far as we are down." 

    "We had work to do we are starting to get some new wave of cars built and get some things to where we all are satisfied with them and excited about bringing them to the race track and seeing what our hard work has done."

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  • Happy Hour: The 'perfect' Chase with just a couple more date swaps

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 21 hrs ago

    It's time for Happy Hour. As always, tweet us your thoughts or shoot us an email at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com if you want to participate.

    It's crazy to think that it's the beginning of May and we're talking about the 2017. Kudos to NASCAR for getting the schedule out incredibly early this year rather than waiting until the fall to release the schedule for the upcoming season.

    It's also one hell of an idea to get Talladega away from the final race of the second round of the Chase. If Talladega is going to stay as part of the Chase (We'd be cool swapping Talladega out for a road course in the Chase provided Talladega gets to keep two dates on the schedule) it needs to be away from an elimination race.

    Yeah, a big crash in the second race of the second round could ruin a driver's chances to make the third round, but it's much better for the field to have one more chance at advancement rather than drivers potentially ruing their title hopes as their cars are being towed back to the garage after a 15-car pileup because of a bump draft gone bad.

    Nice to not have the elimination race be a total crapshoot. Bloodthirsty fans may not agree. - Jim

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  • Talladega-Kansas Chase switch discussed for over a year

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas – NASCAR has had conversations about swapping the race dates at Talladega and Kansas in the fall for over a year.

    The switch for 2017, made public Thursday,moves Talladega from the sixth race to the Chase to the fifth. It makes Kansas the sixth race and therefore the final race of the second round of the Chase. Talladega has been the final race of the second round in the first three years of the four-round Chase format.

    "And so when we looked at it we looked at a lot of different things – had a lot of different input across the board and it's not a new conversation," NASCAR Senior Vice President Jim Cassidy said Thursday. "It's more than a year ongoing and the way we looked at it is we've got an incredible racing product at Talladega and in order to looking at maximizing the schedule, we know that Talladega no matter where we place it in the Chase is going to provide a very high level of racing action and it just really stands on its own."

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  • Talladega swaps with Kansas in Chase in 2017 Sprint Cup schedule

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Talladega will no longer be the final race of the second round of the Chase starting in 2017.

    NASCAR has swapped the dates of Talladega and Kansas, meaning Kansas Speedway will be where the Chase field is cut from 12 drivers to eight.

    You'll remember that there was a lot of chaos at Talladega last year. Had Dale Earnhardt Jr. beat Joey Logano he would have moved on in the Chase. Junior finished second. And there was that whole thing with the multiple wrecks on restarts (well, OK, one restart didn't count) that marred the finish of the race.

    The Talladega/Kansas swap is the biggest note from the 2017 schedule. NASCAR has signed a sanctioning agreement with all its tracks for the next five years, so there weren't going to be any significant new additions to the schedule.

    The spring Texas race is not a Saturday night race in 2017. It's on Sunday afternoon. And the Dover race that's May 15 (because of the five Sundays in May) in 2016 is back in June.

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  • List of attorneys for Tennessee athletes composed of 6 UT law grads

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The University of Tennessee athletic department's list of attorneys for athletes is comprised of six Tennessee law school graduates.

    The list was obtained by both the Tennesseean and the Knoxville News-Sentinel via a public records request. The list had been publicly mentioned by Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, who said in February the school had a list, similar to a phone book, of attorneys that it would provide to athletes if they needed it.

    From The Tennesseean:

    The list was prepared specifically for student-athletes "after an education discussion on decision making," according to Ryan Robinson, UT's senior associate athletics director for communications.

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  • Martin Truex Jr.: Events of 2014 made me a better driver

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    SHAWNEE, Kansas – Two years ago it was hard to imagine Martin Truex Jr. as a legitimate championship contender.

    After he lost his ride at now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing, Truex found a home at Furniture Row Racing, which needed a driver after Kurt Busch went to Stewart-Haas Racing. It was more a marriage of necessity than choice. Truex needed a ride. FRR was the best one available.

    The partnership got off to a brutal start. Truex was 26th in the points standings through the first 10 races of the season. His best finish was 10th. He and the team couldn't figure out why the car was so slow.

    "I kept telling them what the car was doing and it wasn’t making sense," Truex told Yahoo Sports and RacinToday.com during a driver appearance last week. "It wasn’t doing normal things. The hardest part for us was it was so inconsistent, you were just chasing your tail in circles. It was like a dog chasing his tail in circles. You’re never getting anywhere, just working your butt off."

    His confidence waned. Truex had (temporarily, anyway) made the Chase a year before. So did Busch. What the heck was going on?

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  • Is Texas impacting other Big 12 schools' possible expansion votes?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    In-conference politicking going on in the Big 12? We're shocked.

    According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Texas is "believed to be influencingTexas Tech's and Texas Christian's decisions to also be reluctant to expansion."

    Per the report, UT is using its pull because of the Big 12's rules regarding expanding the conference. If the conference was to expand, there would need to be greater than 75 percent support for the idea. With 10 teams in the Big 12, that means eight yes votes would be needed and seven teams could vote yes on expansion without the three Texas schools.

    Texas Tech has long fallen in line with Texas. Both are public universities that have been in the same league together since 1956, when they were in the Southwest Conference. Texas and Texas Tech were founding members of the Big 12 in 1996.

    To add teams, the league would have to redistribute its revenue sources. And Texas has a possible large revenue source in the Longhorn Network, though the network has lost money so far.

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