Nick Bromberg

  • Indy rules tweaks don't see the same rave reviews as Kentucky

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – The lower downforce tweaks NASCAR made at Kentucky were immediately lauded by many of the drivers. The higher drag changes made for Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis did not receive the same enthusiasm.

    The higher spoilers and other changes NASCAR made for the race didn't seem to have a big impact on the race. The Brickyard has always been a race where track position is pivotal. The fact didn't change with a nine-inch spoiler.

    Joey Logano, who finished second to Kyle Busch, said he felt drivers had a three-lap window after restarts to make a pass. Drivers were able to make aggressive moves down the backstretch immediately after restarts before the field would start to string out.

    "The draft on the straightaways, obviously, was larger for sure, but doesn't make up for what we lose in the corners so it's hard to make it happen somehow. I think we can fine-tune the package and maybe see something different, but for the most part it seemed like Indy out there to me."

    Matt Kenseth was quite succinct. He finished seventh.

    Busch did say there were benefits to the aerodynamic changes. But he was also speaking after visiting victory lane.

  • Kyle Busch wins Brickyard 400, his 4th win in 5 races

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Even if he doesn't make the Chase, Kyle Busch's streak is one of the most impressive accomplishments in recent NASCAR memory.

    The driver of the No. 18 scored his fourth win in five races in Sunday's Brickyard 400, holding off Joey Logano on a green-white-checker restart.

    The four wins put Busch in a tie with Jimmie Johnson for the series lead in wins. However, Busch has run 11 fewer races than Johnson. He missed those races after breaking a leg and foot in an accident in the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona.

    The injury is why he's still not a lock for the Chase, though he's on pace to make it into NASCAR's postseason. Drivers must be in the top 30 of points to make the Chase and Busch is now 23 points out with five races to go before the Chase. He made up 35 points on 30th place on Sunday.

    "Oh my gosh. I just can't believe this run right now," Busch said. "I can't believe what's going on ... It's really a treat to win at Indy."

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  • Jeff Gordon crashes in final Brickyard 400 start (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Gordon's hopes of a sixth Brickyard 400 win in his 22nd and final start in the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway disappeared after a crash on a lap 50 restart.

    Clint Bowyer spun in turn three and Gordon was collected in the aftermath. His car spun around too and nosed the outside wall before coming to a complete stop. While it wasn't a hard hit, the damage was still fairly substantial. And with the demands placed on having an aerodynamically efficient car, a win was immediately out of the question.

    "I was underneath Kasey Kahne and we were just racing for position," Gordon said in the garage while his car was being repaired. "I saw Bowyer get sideways. I don’t know what caused it. Me and Kasey were trying to check up to avoid it. I don’t know if he got loose or we just both got loose together. Then I just lost control and got in the wall.”

    After his team attempted to repair the damage on pit road, Gordon was forced to go to the garage so his crew could make more substantial repairs. He returned again to the track but finished 42nd, 54 laps down.

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  • Retired veteran surprised with special edition No. 43 car, groceries

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A family coming to the Indianapolis 500 is leaving with a Petty blue Ford Fusion and a year's worth of groceries.

    Aric Almirola and Eckrich, his sponsor for Sunday's Brickyard 400, gave Luther and Stephani Martin a special edition 2016 Fusion painted to look like Almirola's car he'll drive on Sunday. And there was also a gift card for the groceries in the back seat.

    Luther Martin is a retired staff sargeant and spent 17 years in the military before he medically retired with multiple injuries. Stephani Martin is his full-time caregiver and is part of the Operation Homefront Hearts of Valor program.

    "I'm a little lost for words," Luther Martin said. "I was just told that we were coming to the race track today, but we had no idea that we were going to get a new car and free groceries.  I'm really thankful and humbled.  I can't thank Eckrich, Aric Almirola and Kroger enough for making this a great day."

    Almirola, who is 15th in the points standings, starts 22nd in Sunday's race.

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  • Carl Edwards to start first in Brickyard 400

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards has the pole for the second-straight race.

    The driver of the No. 19 started first at New Hampshire last week and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Brickyard 400. he posted the fastest lap of the second round of Saturday's qualifying session with a speed of 183.464 MPH.

    Edwards will start alongside Joey Logano, who posted a lap of 183.139 MPH. Logano also started on the front row at New Hampshire.

    David Ragan will start third, Tony Stewart will start fourth and Kyle Larson will start fifth.

    Ragan was also third at New Hampshire. According to NASCAR, the last time the same drivers started 1-2-3 in consecutive weeks was in 2009. Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson did it at New Hampshire and Daytona.

    But those sessions were set by points because of rain. The las time the same drivers went 1-2-3 in back-to-back weeks was in 1972. The drivers were David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker.

    Stewart was the fastest driver in the first round of qualifying and went out last in the second session. The trackers showed him faster than Edwards through turns 1 and 2 but the advantage disappeared on the backstretch.

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  • Report: Two Florida players cited for not paying for food

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Two Florida players have been cited for leaving a bowling alley without paying for their food.

    The citations against RB Adam Lane and DT Caleb Brantley were first reported by In All Kinds of Weather.

    Brantley, Lane and a few other people walked into Splitz Bowling Alley in Gainesville just before 9:00pm on July 4th. The two left 45 minutes later without paying their respective tabs. Brantley’s was for $42.34, while Lane’s was for $16.93. The rest of the group accumulated the remainder of the ~$90 tab.

    Brantley played in all 12 of Florida's games in 2014 and had 21 tackles as a redshirt freshman. Lane had a breakout performance in the Birmingham Bowl against East Carolina. However, his game is more remembered for an incident that required a change of pants after he scored a touchdown.

    No potential discipline for the two players has been announced by Florida. Given the degree of the charges, it likely won't be too harsh.

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  • How much will the increased draft boost passing at Indianapolis?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – Despite three practice sessions for Sunday's Brickyard 400, it's impossible to quantify just how much the higher-drag modifications to the Sprint Cup Series cars will affect the racing. It is apparent, however, that passing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway won't magically be easy.

    The cars at Indianapolis have a nine-inch spoiler (three inches higher than normal) and a larger splitter edge and bigger radiator pans. The changes were mandated by NASCAR in an effort to increase drag created by the cars. The higher drag means that, theoretically, trailing cars would have a large draft effect from the car in front of them.

    The draft effect would then help facilitate passing. Which, according to Denny Hamlin, is still going to be hard to do. The fastest way around Indianapolis is single-file through the corners. While two-wide racing in the turns is feasible, it's not optimal.

    Cars typically don't run in close proximity during practice. Sunday's race will be the first real test of the modifications. But some teams – like Carl Edwards and his No. 19 team – tried to draft off other cars as much as possible.

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  • Denny Hamlin's hood popped up during practice at Indy (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    The limited visibility out of the backs of the Sprint Cup cars has been a discussion point at Indianapolis with the nine-inch spoilers. Since the spoiler is taller, drivers can see less out of their rear-view mirrors.

    During Friday's second practice, Denny Hamlin not only had less visibility out the back window, he could hardly see out the front windshield of his car either.

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    Hamlin's hood popped up and in front of his windshield thanks to an issue with the hood pins. The impact with his windshield busted the hood and a caution was necessary for NASCAR to pick up the debris from it.

    Hamlin was able to make it back to the garage and his garage stall. His team was also able to fix the car so that he didn't have to go to a backup.

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  • Happy Hour: Tiger Woods or Tony Stewart?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We'll post them here and have a good time.

    Apologies for the belated Happy Hour this week. With our tour de Indianapolis (and rural Ohio), it's been a busy week.

    The spoilers are nine inches tall at Indy this weekend and ... yeah, they look like fins on the back of the cars. There is a see through part of the spoilers near the top, though drivers have said they don't have much visibility through them. With spotters, the limited visibility shouldn't be an issue, but they are jarring to look at.

    Maybe NASCAR should #bringbackthewing.

    Let's go ahead and start with a question that you can simulate in your head about 150 different ways.

    @NickBromberg Who is more likely to win next in their pro career Tony Stewart or Tiger Woods?

    Who of the two would you pick?

    @NickBromberg YEAH, WHERE WERE YOU HIDING AT ELDORA? DID YOU DUCK ME? THAT WAS TWO QUESTIONS.

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    So was it Brad or Joey who got ate? - John

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  • Meyer, Miller's father aren't sold on his receiver switch yet

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said he's going to be spending a lot of time at receiver in fall camp. His coach Urban Meyer and his father aren't ready to call him a receiver right now.

    Meyer told the Columbus Dispatch that he hasn't made any decisions on a position switch yet.

    Miller told Sports Illustratedthat he's planning on spending 80 percent of his practice time in fall camp at H-back and 20 percent at quarterback in the fall.

    “I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer said. “It seems like it’s a little bit jumping the gun. Braxton came to see me. ... He’s been talking to me about it. We’ve been working at it. But I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”

    From the Dispatch:

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