Nick Bromberg

  • Practice speed nets Dale Earnhardt Jr. the pole at Daytona

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 33 mins ago

    A Saturday afternoon thunderstorm in the vicinity of Daytona Beach meant Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start first in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

    Qualifying ended up being cancelled and the grid was set by the speeds in Friday's first practice session. Junior was fastest. So he's got the pole.

    He's joined on the front row by Austin Dillon, who won the pole for the 2014 Daytona 500. The rest of the top five is comprised of Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne.

    The session was set to be the first time NASCAR used its new single-car qualifying format at Daytona. After pole qualifying for the 2015 Daytona 500 included drafting and crashes, NASCAR tweaked the qualifying format.

    Cars are released one-by-one from pit road at an interval that doesn't allow them to draft. Each qualifier gets one full lap to post a speed. The top 12 cars then repeat the process for a second round and the fastest car in that round gets the pole.

    Michael McDowell and Ryan Blaney will miss Sunday's race. Both drivers are running part-time schedules and were at the bottom of the qualifying cancellation hierarchy because of their limited number of race attempts.

  • The big one hit in Friday's first practice (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Brad Keselowski made contact with Kyle Busch in turn 2 during the first practice for Sunday's Coke Zero 400. A crash started from there.

    Busch collected other cars including Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. Here's how it happened.

    Your browser does not support iframes. Busch wasn't too happy that Keselowski got away from the crash without being involved heavily. Busch and Keselowski aren't exactly on friendly terms. Remember, Keselowski once called Busch an "ass" at driver intros in Bristol when their rivalry was at its hottest. Your browser does not support iframes. Keselowski said the wreck "stinks." Your browser does not support iframes. Since the crash happened on Friday and qualifying is on Saturday, drivers going to backup cars will not have to start at the back of the pack. If a driver qualifies the backup car, he or she can keep the starting spot earned.

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  • NASCAR won't hold end-of-season banquets at Trump properties

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    The 2014 Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series banquets were held at Donald Trump's Doral resort in Miami. The banquets will be at a different location in 2015.

    Following controversial comments by the business mogul and (again) presidential candidate, a NASCAR spokesperson said Friday that the sport would look for a different spot for the banquets.

    Via Alan Cavanna's Facebook page.

    "Everything weighs in. We started talking about this early in the week. Given all the attention brought to this matter and how it impacts our partners, sponsors, our teams and our drivers and certainly ourselves, it ultimately was a decision made today that we will not being going back there."

    The media event before the final race of the 2014 Chase was also at the Trump National Doral.

    Trump's comments in his presidential campaign publicity blitz about immigrants from Mexico have hurt his businesses. NBC has dropped his Miss Universe pageant and Macy's has also pulled his clothing line from its shelves.

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  • No felony charges for P. Diddy after UCLA kettlebell incident

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    P. Diddy isn't staring at felony charges after his incident with UCLA coaches.

    Los Angeles County prosecutors will not charge the rapper with a felony after his arrest on June 22. Diddy was arrested by UCLA police after he allegedly confronted UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi and threatened a member of UCLA's staff with a kettlebell.

    Diddy was reportedly unhappy that Alosi had removed his son, Justin Combs, from a team workout session. Combs is a junior cornerback for UCLA.

    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said prosecutors declined to file felony charges related to his June 22 arrest. The case was referred to the Los Angeles city attorney to decide whether Combs' conduct amounts to a misdemeanor. The prosecutors received the case Tuesday.

    Combs was reportedly in Alosi's doghouse for his effort during the workout as well as previous absences.

  • Happy Hour: The Confederate flag and television coverage

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 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.

    It has not been a slow week in terms of feedback.

    The role of the Confederate flag in NASCAR has generated a lot of responses from y'all. So has Wednesday's post about Fox and NBC. We'l start with the main course, which is the flag. Then we'll move on to the side dish, television, and dessert later.

    Let's get to it. And, as always, these emails are not edited unless absolutely necessary.

    Do you really think Nascar fans give a rip about if they're "in favor" with Nascar or not when they fly the Stars & Bars? damn yankee, go cover curling - Mike

    Well, we'd imagine so, especially if it means race attendance is at stake. For clarity's sake, Mike wrote this email before NASCAR tracks issued Thursday's statement asking fans not to bring Confederate flags to the track. But really, is a Confederate flag worth potentially having a conflict with track personnel and/or getting kicked out of a race you're attending?

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  • NASCAR tracks make request for fans to not fly Confederate flag

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    NASCAR tracks issued a statement Thursday requesting that fans "refrain" from displays of the Confederate flag while attending races.

    The statement signed by 30 tracks, including the tracks owned by International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports Inc., is as follows:

    “As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.

    “To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.

    “We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing.”

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  • Pitt T Jaryd Jones-Smith out for year with knee injury

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Pitt has lost a potential starter on the offensive line.

    The team said tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith will miss the 2015 season after suffering a knee injury.

    "We are incredibly disappointed for Jaryd," Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. "Our entire team will rally behind him as he works to overcome this challenge. Jaryd is a great young man and a tough competitor. Even though he is sidelined this year, he is going to remain an important member of our team this fall."

    He's scheduled to have surgery on Thursday.

    A redshirt sophomore in 2015, Jones-Smith was penciled in as Pitt's starting right tackle. He played last year at left tackle and started three games.

    According to Panther-Lair.com, there is no obvious replacement for Jones-Smith at right tackle.

    Last season Pitt running back James Conner ran for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns.

    Jones-Smith was a three-star recruit in the class of 2013 out of Philadelphia.

    For more Pitt news, visit Panther-Lair.com.

  • Miller says he had 'successful' visit with doctor (Updated)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Not long after his coach said he was "pretty close to full speed," Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said he had a successful visit with Dr. James Andrews.

    Successful check up/visit w Kevin & Andrews! 😁.

    The location of Andrews' office in Birmingham, Alabama, has previously helped elicit transfer rumors. Those rumors have been proven to be unfounded so far. But given what Miller said to the Columbus Dispatch after his tweet, there are going to be some Ohio State fans on pins and needles.

    From the Dispatch:

    Ooohhh ... "immediate plans." Start the rumor mill!

    No. Please. Don't restart the rumor mill. ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted Thursday afternoon that Miller is planning on staying at Ohio State.

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  • OU president believes Mixon and Shannon will be 'better people'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Oklahoma president David Boren believes two Sooners returning to the team in 2015 have learned from their punishments.

    Linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon are set to be on the Oklahoma roster after suspensions in 2014. Mixon was suspended after punching a female student while Shannon was suspended for violating the school's Title IX sexual misconduct policy.

    “I think part of being an educational institution is that you have to have discipline when it’s required,”Boren told the Tulsa World. “With good parenting, punishment is required sometimes. Most of us have been on the receiving end of that from our parents and we’re better people for it. I think they’ll be better people because they’re on the receiving end of punishment.”

    Mixon reached a plea deal in October that entailed a one-year deferred sentence and community service. While he practiced with the team in the spring he didn't play in the spring game.

    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

  • Utah CB Dominique Hatfield arrested for suspicion of robbery

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield was arrested Wednesday for suspicion of aggravated robbery after he allegedly stole money from someone he met for a video game transaction.

    From the Salt Lake Tribune:

    According to a Unified Police release and a probable cause statement, the victim intended to purchase a video game console advertised online when he met Hatfield early Tuesday evening at a 655 W. 3900 South car wash. Hatfield pulled a knife on the man, police said, and demanded his money before taking $180 in cash and fleeing on foot into nearby apartments.

    According to police, the victim's wife then noticed that the same seller, identified as "David Wilkins," was selling an iPhone. She arranged another meeting with Hatfield at the same car wash.

    Utah coach Kyle Whittingham hasn't commented publicly on the arrest as he's currently on vacation. A spokesperson for the school told the Tribune that Willingham would comment at the earliest opportunity.

    For more Utah news, visit UteZone.com.

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