Nick Bromberg

  • Quick takeaways from Charlotte: The All-Star tweaks worked

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 17 hrs ago

    Throughout 2016 we may have way too many quick thoughts for our post-race posts. So consider our Takeaways feature to be the home of our random and sometimes intelligent musings. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below

    • NASCAR changed some aerodynamic rules for last week's All-Star Race but one of the key changes didn't carry over to the Coca-Cola 600. After watching both races, it looks like that the All-Star Race change needs to be implemented for the rest of the season.

    That tweak was a change in the way that teams can set the toe of the rear wheels. NASCAR forced the teams to make the rear wheels neutral for the All-Star Race, instead of cocked at a slight angle. The neutrality meant a reduction in side force and, subsequently, slower corner speeds.

    [Related: Truex kicks everyone's butt, wins Coca-Cola 600]

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  • Martin Truex Jr. leads all but 12 miles, wins Coca-Cola 600

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 17 hrs ago

    Hey, Martin Truex Jr. won a race.

    He more than won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. He absolutely kicked everyone's butt. Truex set a NASCAR record for the most miles led in a Sprint Cup race as he led all but 12 of the 600 miles in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

    Despite Truex's dominance, you can't fault yourself from wondering if Truex would fail to reach victory lane. After all, he hadn't won through the first 12 races of the year despite missing out on possible wins at Texas and Kansas, getting caught in a crash at the front of the field at Dover and losing the Daytona 500 in historic fashion.

    [Related: Quick takeaways from the Coca-Cola 600]

    Hell, Truex was whooping the field so much during the race that we came up with this bingo card of possible ways he could lose. He didn't.

    Now accepting wagers on how Martin Truex Jr. will lose this race. Pick your square. pic.twitter.com/9Q7eVfY3fU

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  • Alexander Rossi wins the Indianapolis 500 while running out of gas

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    The Indianapolis 500 has been known for some unpredictable finishes. The 100th one came up with an incredibly surprising winner as American Alexander Rossi coasted to the checkered flag for his first IndyCar win.

    In fact, you could argue Rossi is the most surprising winner in the 500's history. But before we say why, here's how he got to victory lane.

    Yes, Rossi's car literally coasted towards the yard of bricks on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway frontstretch. There wasn't anyone around Rossi when he came to the finish line, thankfully for him because he was running on fumes. The strategy play to stay out while most of the leaders pitted for fuel late paid off as Carlos Munoz, the first driver who pitted for fuel, finished second, a quarter-track behind Rossi.

    When the green flag flew with 33 laps to go in the Indianapolis 500, there was a chance the 100th edition of the race was going to come down to fuel mileage. By sitting ninth at the final restart Rossi had the opportunity to try the fuel gamble.

    Power got an unsafe release penalty and was forced to attempt to work his way through the field. He couldn't get back to the front.

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  • Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay collide on pit road in Indy 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay were mainstays at the front of the field during the first half of the Indianapolis 500.

    Their time at the front came to an end thanks to a wreck on pit road.

    Bell, pitted behind Hunter-Reay, exited his pit stall and bounced off Helio Castroneves, who was in the outside lane of Indianapolis' narrow pit lane. As he hit Castroneves' car, Hunter-Reay pulled out of his pit and the two Andretti Autosport teammates collided and went towards the inside pit wall.

    REPLAY: @RyanHunterReay and @TownsendBell make contact in pit lane. #Indy500 #INDYCAR #INDYRIVALS https://t.co/5WTxp5GMsT

    Bell (12) and Hunter-Reay (52) combined to lead 64 of the race's first 115 laps.

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  • Lewis Hamilton hands champagne to Justin Bieber after Monaco win

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Instead, he handed the bottle to Justin Bieber.

    The Biebs was in attendance during Sunday's Formula 1 race and celebrated with the three-time F1 champion in victory lane after Hamilton won the race thanks to a great strategy call – and an executional misfire by Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull team.

    Bieber wasn't the only celebrity in attendance. The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh was there wearing a Mercedes hat (Hamilton drives for Mercedes) and Hamilton Snapchatted a video of Bosh going down a giant inflatable waterslide from a yacht into the Mediterranean sea on Saturday. The Heat's Dwyane Wade was shown in victory lane with actress Gabrielle Union too. Patrick Dempsey was in attendance, as well as Manchester United's Michael Carrick and others.

    If even just a few of the celebrities at the race attend Hamilton's victory celebration, it'll be a party for the ages.

    Hamilton started third but took over the lead thanks to a decision to wait as long as possible to pit. The race started as rain fell and F1 officials decided to start the race behind the safety car for the first time in Monaco history because the conditions were so soaked.

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  • 5 wild and wacky moments from the Indianapolis 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    As we count down to Sunday's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest memories from the historic race.

    Friday we looked at the closest finishes. Thursday's edition featured five drivers who dominated the Indianapolis 500 and won.It was a happy change from our five disappointments on Wednesday.

    For our final pre-race post we look at some of the wildest moments in the race's history. This list is by no means complete and also dominated by recent events. The Indy 500 has always been an unpredictable and dangerous race. Here's hoping for a safe but thrilling one on Sunday.

    Fan killed by flying tire, 1987: This is one of the reasons IndyCars now have tire tethers.

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  • The 5 closest finishes in Indianapolis 500 history

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    As we count down to Sunday's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest memories from the historic race.

    We continue our series by looking at the five closest finishes in Indianapolis 500 history. Thursday's edition featured five driverswho dominated the Indianapolis 500 and won.It was a happy change from our five disappointments on Wednesday.

    Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds, 1982: Johncock and Mears were the only two cars on the lead lap and they couldn't separate themselves from each other.

    Mears led 77 laps while Johncock led 57. Mears was able to close over the final lap and get a good draft off turn 4 but wasn't able to get close enough to make a run at the finish line.

    Had Mears won the race, he would be the only five-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and Roger Penske would have a paltry 17 Indy 500 victories.

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. supporting half-brother in name dispute

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. is standing by his half-brother Kerry Earnhardt regarding their stepmother's appeal of Kerry's usage of the Earnhardt name.

    Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt's widow, has filed to prevent Kerry from using "Earnhardt" in his "Earnhardt Collection" of homes. Teresa originally filed a motion in a U.S. patent court. After her original motion was denied, she filed an appeal earlier in the month.

    Teresa is the owner of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., the company Dale started before his death in 2001.

    “This is a business venture that he’s put a lot of effort and heart and soul in that I think he deserves,” Junior told the Charlotte Observer. “So in this particular case, I side with my brother and his belief to be able to use the name as is – without any alterations or changes.”

    It went on to say it has not requested any payment from Kerry Earnhardt.

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  • Indy Lights finish is closest in Indianapolis history (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Stoneman held off Jones' late pass for the win by about a foot. Or maybe less. Watch the video. Officially, the margin of victory was 0.0024 seconds. Yes, there are two zeros after the decimal point.

    It breaks the record of a finish that might have been even more exciting. In 2013, a four-wide finish won by Peter Dempsey had a margin of victory of 0.0026 seconds.

    Gabby Chaves, who finished second in 2013, won in 2014 with a margin of victory of 0.005 seconds.Chaves is competing in Sunday's 100th Indianapolis 500.

    If you're not familiar with the Indy Lights Series, it's the feeder series for the Verizon IndyCar Series, similar to the Xfinity Series' relationship with the Sprint Cup Series.

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  • Report: Maryland helps ACC revenues increase sharply from 2014

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The ACC had a large increase in revenue in 2015 and it has a former member to thank for it.

    According to USA Today, the conference made $100 million more than it did in the 2014 fiscal year. 30 percent of that money was from the exit fee the conference negotiated with Maryland, which is now a member of the Big Ten.

    The return — provided Friday in response to a request by USA TODAY Sports — shows the ACC had $403.1 million in total revenue during a fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. That figure that represents a nearly $100 million increase over what the conference reported receiving during its 2014 fiscal year, although $31.4 million came from the settlement with Maryland, which departed for the Big Ten Conference.

    Maryland had countersued the ACC in the parties' dispute over the amount of the exit fee. The two reached a settlement in early August.

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