Nick Bromberg

  • The 5 closest finishes in Indianapolis 500 history

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 7 hrs 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 7 hrs 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 8 hrs 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 9 hrs 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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  • Martin Truex Jr. wins pole for Coca-Cola 600

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Entering 2016, Martin Truex Jr. hadn't won a pole since 2012. He now has two this season. Truex posted the fastest lap in the third round of qualifying at Charlotte on Thursday and will start first in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.

    Truex's first pole of the season came at Kansas, a race he dominated. However his chances at victory were derailed when the team had an issue attaching the right front wheel to the hub on the final pit stop. He ended up finishing 14th.

    Fast cars and crazy things slowing them down has been the story of Truex's 2016. He was fast a Dover in the last Sprint Cup points race and got caught in a bizarre chain reaction crash that was cued when Jimmie Johnson had a gearbox issue.

    He was in position to win at Texas earlier this year as well before a couple late cautions ruined the team's strategy and he was passed by Kyle Busch on newer tires.

    Oh yeah, he was a very-close second to Denny Hamlin in the Daytona 500.

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  • Happy Hour: Races on cable, All-Star changes and more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day 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.

    The All-Star Race was fun. If you like chaos, of course. We'll get to some All-Star Race discussion in a bit. First, let's look at what Carl Edwards had to say when reacting to the news that NASCAR was cutting even more downforce at two races this summer.

    " I’m so excited about the things that are coming at Kentucky and Michigan," Edwards said. "NASCAR is doing what it takes, the teams are doing what it takes to go out and figure out how to make this the best racing it can be. This is going to be a blast. These cars, I’m telling you, when you drive them sideways at 200 mph and you’re closing on people and you’re able to pressure them and race like that, that’s as good as it gets. I’m very excited about Michigan and Kentucky, it’s like Christmas for me.”

    Don't expect the changes for the two races – if they get rave reviews  – to be implemented permanently before 2017.

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  • 5 of the most dominating Indianapolis 500 performances

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    We continue our series by looking at drivers who dominated the Indianapolis 500 and won. It's a happy change from our five disappointments on Wednesday.

    • Billy Arnold, 1930: Arnold's record still stands to this day.

    He won the 1930 Indianapolis 500 by leading 198 of the race's 200 laps, the most anyone has ever won in a win at Indianapolis. And he didn't lap the field either. 10 cars finished on the same lap that Arnold did.

    The only other driver to lead laps was Louis Meyer, who started on the pole. Meyer led the first two laps and when Arnold passed him from the fourth starting position, it was game over.

    Arnold led the most laps in the 1931 Indianapolis 500 (155 laps) as well, but didn't win the race. He finished 19th after crashing out from the lead on lap 162.

    • Bill Vukovich, 1953: Vukovich led the most laps in the 1952 Indy 500 and ended up finishing 17th in the race thanks to a steering wheel issue. He closed the deal the next year.

    Vukovich repeated in 1954 when he led 90 of the race's laps for his second win.

  • Baylor board chair: Investigation findings 'shocked and outraged us'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents didn't mince words when discussing the findings of an independent investigation to how it handles Title IX investigations and other compliance issues.

    “We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University's mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students,” Richard Willis said in a school statement. “The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.”

    Baylor fired football coach Art Briles Thursday as the findings from the Pepper Hamilton law firm were released by the school. They came amidst multiple allegations of sexual assault against former players and a lawsuit by a former student who said she was assaulted by an ex-player convicted of rape and that the school didn't act appropriately regarding her allegations.

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  • Baylor fires coach Art Briles

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

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    Art Briles is no longer Baylor's head coach.

    The school announced its intent to fire Briles Thursday as it released the findings of an independent investigation into the way the school has handled accusations of sexual assaults. The school said in a release that Briles is officially suspended with the intent to terminate.

    In a statement addressing the investigation, the chair of Baylor's board of regents said the board was shocked and outraged. The report details misconduct within the football program and that "in some cases, football coaches and staff had inapprorpriate involvement in disciplinary and criminal matters or engaged in improper conduct that reinforced an overall perception that football was above the rules and that there was no culture of accountability for misconduct."

    Most notably, former football players Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu have been convicted of rape while others, including former defensive end Shawn Oakman, have been accused of rape.

    Injustice

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  • Report: Boise State disciplines 3 after probe into sexual assaults

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Three Boise State redshirt freshmen won't be part of the program in 2016.

    According to a report by the Idaho Statesman, Marquis Hendrix and Donzale Roddie were expelled and Darreon Jackson was suspended for the year following a Title IX investigation into sexual assault allegations. The players have not been criminally charged in the incidents, which allegedly took place in the second half of 2015.

    From the Statesman:

    In incidents Aug. 19, Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 of last year, the alleged victim said she was coerced into performing oral sex on the three players, or in one incident, on a recruit during his official visit. The woman first met with Kerrick in person Nov. 30. She was interviewed in February in depth about the majority of details in the complaint.

    The woman was dating Hendrix before the August incident and said he "tried to intimidate and control using force pressure and through repeated texts." She said the first allegation stemmed from when he pressured her into performing a sex act on Roddie.

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