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  • Greg Biffle wins pole for Daytona

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 hrs ago

     

    Greg Biffle will start first Saturday night at the site of his first Sprint Cup Series win.

    Biffle ran the fastest lap in the first and second rounds of qualifying Friday at Daytona and will start with former teammate Carl Edwards on the front row. Kyle Busch, who crashed in practice earlier in the day and was forced to qualify and race a backup car, was third in that backup car and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start fourth.

    It’s the first pole for Biffle since he won it at Charlotte in 2012 and his 13th overall. He’s never won from the first starting position; his best finish after starting first is a third at Dover in 2008.

    Biffle won the 2003 July race at Daytona for his first of 19 career Cup wins by leading the last 21 laps of the race. The final 81 laps went green and Biffle won as green flag pit stops jumbled up the field.

    Here’s how the rest of the field will line up. Josh Wise was the only driver that did not qualify.

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  • Tony Stewart has sweet Dale Earnhardt helmet for Daytona

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 7 hrs ago

     

    Tony Stewart is paying tribute to Dale Earnhardt in his final trip to Daytona International Speedway as a Sprint Cup Series driver.

    Stewart, who is retiring at the end of 2016, is wearing this helmet:

    #Badass helmet of the year goes to @TonyStewart #CokeZero400 @DISupdates pic.twitter.com/HnzP72wskD

    — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) June 30, 2016

    Earnhardt and Stewart are two of the winningest drivers in Daytona history. Earnhardt won 34 races at Daytona in his career while Stewart has won 19. Earnhardt didn’t win his first Daytona 500 until 1998. Stewart, who like Earnhardt has come agonizingly close in NASCAR’s biggest race, missed his last chance to win the race for the first time in February.

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  • Junior: Points position through first 16 races 'very frustrating'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

     

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn’t think his points position is reflective of how good his team has been throughout the first 16 races of 2016.

    “We are a little frustrated with how we ran through the month of May,” Junior said. “We have seen more speed out of our cars and had some bad finishes, wrecks and so forth. Tore up a lot of cars this year, uncharacteristic I think for us to be in so many accidents.  So, where we are in points is very frustrating.  It creates a lot of anxiety between me and Greg (Ives, crew chief).  I think that we both are not happy with where we are in the points.  We are wondering and worrying about trying to make the Chase it shouldn’t be something that this team is concerned with.  I think we are way better than where we are.”

    Currently 12th in the standings, Junior has six top-10 finishes. But five of those came in the first eight races of the season. His lone top-10 finish over the past eight races is a second-place finish at Pocono.

    In May, Junior crashed out at Talladega and got caught in a crash at Dover. He also finished 14th and 15th at Charlotte and Kansas.

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  • Happy Hour: Paint schemes and finding a new 'throwback' race to watch

    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.

    DeWalt will sponsor Matt Kenseth for 15 races in 2017, upping its sponsorship of the 2003 champion. As you likely remember, DeWalt sponsored Kenseth as he won the championship with Roush Fenway Racing that season.

    The company will become (as of now) Kenseth’s biggest sponsor in the wake of the news that Dollar General is leaving Kenseth at the end of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing unveiled Kenseth’s car on Thursday at Daytona and … it’s really ugly.

    The new @DEWALTtough @MattKenseth colors. pic.twitter.com/UDm79pDvUq

    — Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverSBN) June 30, 2016

    The black and gold is a good look – though we’re obligated to say that given the alma mater’s colors are black and gold. There’s no need for the lightning and the text in gray and red. We could handle the lettering by itself, but the lightning makes the car look way too complicated.

  • Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley fined for fight

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley have been fined for their wrestling match during Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

    Townley, the instigator of the fight, was fined $15,000 while Gallagher was fined $12,500. Townley went after Gallagher after the second incident between the two during the race. As you likely know by know, it was a bit of an awkward fight. Gallagher apologized for his role in the fight on Monday.

    Townley is 18th in the points standings while Gallagher is 11th. Gallagher has five top-10 finishes in nine races while Townley has one top 10.

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  • NASCAR CEO Brian France not planning to attend GOP convention

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

     

    Don’t expect to see NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France at the Republican National Convention.

    A spokesperson for the sanctioning body said Wednesday that France was not planning to be at the event, which begins July 18 in Cleveland.

    “Brian does not plan to speak at nor attend the convention,” NASCAR spokesperson David Higdon said.

    France, who endorsed GOP nominee Donald Trump at a rally in Georgia in February, has been mentioned as a possibility to speak at the four-day event. According to a report from Bloomberg Politics, France was among many sports figures the Trump campaign was “lining up” to appear at the convention. Other people named were former boxer Mike Tyson, ex-Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight while the report said “talks are in the works with a broad slate of other celebrities and top athletes.”

    Trump publicly denied Tyson’s invite through Twitter.

  • Matt Tifft out indefinitely after discovery of brain tumor

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

     

    Matt Tifft, who has made starts in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series, is sidelined indefinitely after doctors discovered a brain tumor.

    Joe Gibbs Racing, where the 20-year-old is a development driver, said the “low-grade glioma”  was found while Tifft was undergoing treatment for a back injury. The JGR release said the tumor was slow-growing and Tifft will undergo surgery. He is expected to return to the driver’s seat when he’s done with rehabilitation and cleared by doctors to race again.

    A disc issue meant Tifft was forced to sit out the Xfinity Series race at Iowa on June 19, won by Sam Hornish Jr, who was driving the No. 18 car that Tifft was scheduled to drive.

    According to the American Brain Tumor Association, a glioma is a term “used to describe any tumor that arises from the supportive (“gluey”) tissue of the brain. This tissue, called “glia,” helps to keep the neurons in place and functioning well.”

    JGR said David Ragan will take Tifft’s place in the No. 18 car at Daytona on Friday night.

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  • Report: Colorado and Colorado State eyeing home-and-home series

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The rivalry series between Colorado and Colorado State could resume in seven years.

    The two schools are reportedly planning to play each other in 2023 and 2024. According to the Coloradoan,nothing is official yet, but athletic directors from the two schools have been meeting to get the rivalry rekindled after what would be a two-year hiatus.

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    "It seems natural for us to do it. I love the idea that we're going to bring it back to campus. ... I've been here 15 months now and I'm so proud of this campus and this community; I want to show it off. I want people throughout this state to understand what Colorado State means and what this community of Fort Collins is."

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    Colorado leads the rivalry series 63-22-2.

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  • Practice speeds no longer used for qualifying if qualifying washed out

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    NASCAR announced Tuesday that practice speeds will no longer be used to set the starting lineup for a Sprint Cup Series race if qualifying is rained out.

    Instead, owner points will be used to set the field, meaning it's a boost to teams at the top of the standings. If qualifying was rained out and first practice was held (and NASCAR deeemed every team got an opportunity to practice), the speeds from the first practice were used to set the field.

    The sanctioning body also announced a change in the Chase that will help Ryan Blaney and the Wood Brothers' No. 21 car if Blaney makes the Chase. The Wood Brothers are one of the few teams in the sport without a charter and are classified as an "open" team. If an open team makes the Chase, NASCAR said Tuesday that it will be guaranteed a berth for all 10 Chase races and not be forced to qualify via speed.

    Blaney is currently 17th in the points standings. Assuming Tony Stewart gets into the top 30, Blaney is currently the second driver on the outside of the Chase behind Kasey Kahne. Counting Stewart in the top 30, Jamie McMurray is the last driver in the Chase. he's 13 points ahead of Kahne and 16 ahead of Blaney.

  • Buffalo reveals new uniforms for 2016 (Photos)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Hey, Buffalo has new uniforms for 2016.

    .@UBfootball got a peek at their new look last night ... now it's your turn! #BeCounted #UBhornsUP pic.twitter.com/2rsr4djCCx

    The team teased the unveil with a video posted Monday of the team getting a first look at the uniforms.

    .@UBFootball got their first peek at their new look for 2016 #BeCounted #UBhornsUP pic.twitter.com/majC4md3uC

    "Anytime you get new uniforms, it's exciting to see the players' reaction," Buffalo coach Lance Leipold said in a statement. "Having Buffalo on the front of our jerseys is important to us and it will be exciting for our fans as we head into the season. We're excited to get this thing started."

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