- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles18 hrs ago
INDIANAPOLIS – Let's get this out of the way immediately. Races dictated by pit strategy aren't inherently bad.
Hell, racing would be much more boring and predictable if there was no variability when it came to pit stops. The element of surprise – something that's severely lacking in today's NASCAR – would be all but gone if everyone was tethered to the same outlook on race management.
But the differing pit strategies employed by teams from the beginning of Sunday's Brickyard 400 were a glaring indictment on the lack of quality racing the track currently provides.
Because of rain overnight, NASCAR mandated a competition caution on lap 20. As a lot of teams headed to the pits, Joey Logano kicked off the strategy games by staying out, opting for the uber-important clean air of Indianapolis Motor Speedway instead of fresh tires.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles20 hrs ago
INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Gordon was a confident man on Friday. The confidence was rewarded on Sunday.
A man who admits he isn't the best on restarts "had the restart of my life" with 17 laps to go in the Brickyard 400 and powered past teammate Kasey Kahne for the lead and the eventual win in the first turn.
Kahne was the leader on the restart and chose the inside lane, typically the preferred lane throughout Indianapolis Motor Speedway's four treacherous 90-degree turns. But after the green flag waved, Gordon stayed even with Kahne entering turn one and pinched the No. 5 down as far as he could to the inside. Gordon's car wobbled a bit as he picked up the throttle, but the momentum he gained was more than enough to clear Kahne.
"(Kahne) was loose," Gordon said. "So I knew that if I could get alongside of him that he was going to have a hard time using the throttle up off the corner. I didn't know if that meant we were just going to bump, wreck, be sitting ducks for (Kyle Busch) to go by, what that really meant. But I thought that was our only shot at winning."
INDIANAPOLIS – Roush Fenway Racing will be a three-car team in 2015 and one of those cars will not be driven by Carl Edwards.
The long-rumored possibility of Edwards leaving the team following the 2014 season became a reality on Sunday morning when Roush announced that Greg Biffle had signed a contract extension with the team while Edwards would not return.
“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships,” team owner Jack Roush said in a statement. “We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014.”
When asked if Edwards gave him a reason for leaving the only Sprint Cup team he's driven for, Roush said Edwards didn't provide specifics. He also said that Edwards' decision to not return has been made for over a month.
"(Edwards) didn't give me his reason, you'll have to ask him about that," Roush said while adding that he didn't ask Edwards for it.
The start of the 24 Hours of Spa sports car race in Belgium had a lot of accidents.
There were four cautions in the first three hours of the race, including for this ridiculous accident. Watch the first part of the crash on the left side of your screen and then watch the tire going to the right.
This crash below, again at the Eau Rouge portion of the historic track, was a one-car incident, but it might have been scarier. Vyacheslav Maleev lost control after hitting the curb on a right-hand corner and slammed into the tire barrier across the track. Then, as cars were storming up the hill as the race looked to still be under green, Maleev got out of his car.
While we understand his hurry to get out of the mangled car, we can't endorse the manuever.
And as soon as he got out, he tripped over debris ... as cars were still flying by. He finally hobbled over to the inside of the track as marshals instructed cars driving through the debris field to slow down.
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Kevin Harvick has another fast car.
Harvick grabbed his Sprint Cup Series-leading fourth pole of the season Saturday at Indianapolis, beating Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski for the right to start first in the Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
(Yes, we typed that race name out simply to show the utter absurdity of the current name of the formerly and simply named Brickyard 400.)
Throughout the three rounds of qualifying, Harvick had the fastest car. All he did was simply go out once in each session, lay down one incredibly quick lap, and go back to pit road and wait to see if anyone would beat his time. No one did.
Stewart-Haas' other three cars are fast too. Both Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart made the final round. Stewart starts sixth while Busch is seventh. Danica Patrick missed the final round but starts 14th.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy was arrested on DUI and speeding charges Saturday morning. He's the second Georgia player to get arrested in less than a week and the seventh Bulldog to be arrested this offseason.
Bellamy was pulled overand, per UGA Sports, was booked at 5:02 a.m. After posting bond, he was released from jail nearly 90 minutes later.
Would like to apologize to #dawgnation for my immaturity. I have embarrassed myself, my family, & my brothers. I will gain your trust back
Both of Bellamy's charges are misdemeanors.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday28 days ago
Former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen was killed when he was ejected from a vehicle when it crashed early Sunday morning. He was 23.
According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Georgia State Highway Patrol Master Trooper B.N. Talley said the 2006 Chevy Tahoe missed a stop sign outside LaGrange, Ga.
"It happened at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road," Talley said. "The vehicle was a 2006 Chevy Tahoe and the driver missed a stop sign at the intersection of those two roads, which is more or less a 'T-intersection.' They traveled through the intersection off into a churchyard. They were out out of control for about 450 feet."
At that point, Talley said, the vehicle overturned, ejecting all four passengers.
"Philip was one of them," Talley said," and he was killed at the scene."
My prayers go out to @lutzenkirchen family. You had a great person on earth but now you have an even better angel protecting you >
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday29 days ago
Friday, Auburn's Jonathon Mincy was arrested for pot possession. By itself, it's notable. But when combined with what Mincy did earlier in the week, it's hypocritical.
According to the Dothan Eagle, Mincy was the passenger in the back seat of a car pulled over for speeding Friday night.
“It was a routine stop on 431 near Great Southern Wood in Abbeville of a car doing 92 in a 65,” “The officer went to the car and smelled marijuana. There were two males and two females in the car and one of the males had shake all over his shirt sitting in the car in the back and there was a bag of marijuana near him. That person happened to be Jonathon Mincy of the Auburn football team.”
After he was arrested for marijuana possession, Mincy posted a $3,000 bond. He had 56 tackles and started every game at safety for Auburn last season.
Wednesday, Mincy spoke to students as part of a D.A.R.E. event.
Check out who spoke to over 200 youth at today's D.A.R.E camp put on by Auburn Police - pic.twitter.com/Lj5GrDgVoh
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday29 days ago
Nigel Bethel II, an incoming freshman DB at Texas Tech, allegedly punched Texas Tech women's basketball player Amber Battle and has been dismissed from the program.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in an article posted Saturday night, the incident happened Saturday during a pickup basketball game. Battle is expected to have surgery for facial injuries after a bone was broken in the incident.
Blayne Beal, a Tech spokesman, confirmed there was an incident between two student athletes Saturday afternoon at the recreation center. Beal said campus officials are gathering information from both parties.
Tech women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker said she was unable to comment Saturday evening.
Following the incident, Battle posted to Twitter, “Pray for me y’all.” She later posted, “Thank y’all for the calls, texts and visits.”
Another Tech spokesperson said a police report wouldn't likely be complete before Monday. However, the school released a statement Sunday morning that said Bethel had been dismissed from the team.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles29 days ago
The next time Brad Keselowski visits victory lane, he's probably going to be wary of the champagne bottles.
While celebrating his win in Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky, Keselowski cut his right hand on a champagne bottle. He immediately went to the infield care center where he had four stitches to his wounded hand.
Brad K just sliced his hand open on the champagne bottle in VL - gushing blood, ran to care center
The cut obviously delayed victory lane celebrations – and stained his white firesuit – but after he got the stitches in his hand and a new firesuit on his body, Keselowski was back in victory lane, doing the required pictures and media appearances. He said in the media center after the incident that he didn't have his phone on him, hence no picture of a bloody hand from his own twitter account.