- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 hrs ago
Pit road can be a dangerous place during a NASCAR race. Sometimes the danger can be avoidable. Sometimes it can't.
We're not sure where the contact between Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer fits in those categories.
After Kevin Harvick hit the wall and Jamie McMurray and Brad Keselowski were collected in the aftermath,Patrick and Bowyer both hit pit road. Patrick's team was done pitting her car when she hit the accelerator hard enough for the tires to smoke and the rear of the car to shimmy to the left.
Bowyer, pitted two stalls ahead of Patrick, was still in his stall. As Patrick straightened out her car, she was headed right toward's the right rear of Bowyer's. She mashed the brakes, but not in time to prevent hitting Bowyer's car.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles5 hrs ago
If you led during Sunday's race at Bristol won by Carl Edwards, there was a good chance you were going to have a significant issue.
12 drivers got a bonus point for officially leading a lap in the twice-rain-delayed race and eight of them had problems that significantly derailed their chances of winning. Those problems, coupled with intense side-by-side racing, made the battle around the half-mile track very enthralling despite the two delays, including one of almost three hours and 20 minutes.
Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski all spent time at the front of the field and all were either caught up in a crash or had an equipment failiure.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles6 hrs ago
There was drama at the end of Sunday's twice-rain-delayed Food City 500, but it wasn't caused by anyone on the track. It was from the caution lights turning on by accident.
Race-winner Carl Edwards had a comfortable two-second lead over Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and was picking his way through lapped traffic with relative ease. Then, with three laps to go, suddenly some of the yellow caution lights on the side of the track started blinking. A caution was out, potentially setting up a green-white-checkered finish.
Or was it? No initial reason was given for the caution. Teams were confused. Fans were confused. Television was confused. As Edwards crossed the line for two laps to go, the yellow caution lights in the camera frame were blinking, but the flag man was displaying the blue flag with the yellow stripe. That's for lap down cars to move over for the leader. Not for the caution flag. Something was amiss, as someone in the flagstand apparently hit the button for the caution lights to be displayed.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles11 hrs ago
The How do you KFC? segment in the early portion of Fox's Sprint Cup race broadcasts is quite trivial. It often adds nothing of substance to the race broadcasts. Except on Sunday at Bristol.
Well, we're not sure of the substantive quality. But man, this was the most NASCAR thing you're liable to see all day, even if there were still 375 laps to go in the Food City 500. (The race restarted at 7 p.m. ET after a 3 hour 20 minute rain delay.)
Here's the original. There's the biscuit on the napkin, gravy, Diet Mountain Dew and three Dale Earnhardt Jr. hats. It got the man on television.
America, we salute you.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
To promote the Battle and Bristol, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Tennessee coach Butch Jones were the co-grand marshals of Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and gave the command to start engines.
We'll give them a solid B+.
Virginia Tech and Tennessee are playing in 2016 in the infield at the half-mile track in northeast Tennessee. Though we're not sure how much promotion for the game may be needed. Tennessee has already sold its allotment of tickets for the game and has requested more. The sold-out allotment? 40,000 seats.
Bristol Motor Speedway seats almost 160,000, so it wouldn't be unfathomable if the game broke the all-time college football attendance record. It's currently held by Michigan Stadium at 115,109 for a 2012 game against Notre Dame.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Florida WR Andre Debose was allegedly pushed through a window during a dispute Saturday evening, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
Debose was in a dispute with Victor Watkinswhen, according to the GPD,John Honeycutt went and retrieved a handgun and threatened Watkins after Watkins threw Debose into a window. Debose was uninjured. The three were eating dinner with a woman when the dispute occurred.
Then, according to GPD, Watkins took the gun from Honeycutt and shot several rounds into the ground. After that happened, Honeycutt got a rifle and fired several shots through Watkins' SUV, which was parked outside the residence where the dispute happened. (Click here to view the police report.)
Honeycutt was arrested for aggravated assault.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 days ago
Denny Hamlin has broken the two-race Team Penske streak of poles.
Hamlin will start first after setting a track speed record with a lap of 129.99 MPH in the second round of qualifying and will start first for Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol. Well, it's a race scheduled for Sunday, anyway. Significant chances of rain in the forecast mean a Sunday washout is a distinct possibility.
Penske drivers aren't far behind. Brad Keselowski, last week's Las Vegas winner who started second and had the pole at Phoenix will start second once again. Joey Logano, the Las Vegas pole-winner, will start fourth. In between them is Matt Kenseth, who won at Bristol in August and is Hamlin's teammate. He starts third.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
The losses just keep on coming for Nick Saban.
After closing the year with two straight losses and seeing the 10-second defensive substitution proposal pulled from consideration before it even went to a vote, Saban finished fifth in Alabama's voting for student government president.
OK, so maybe this one was unavoidable. And doesn't count, because the Alabama football coach was ineligible to be on the ballot. It was also a distant fifth place too. Saban received seven votes while winner Hamilton Bloom had over 6,300.
Also receiving votes were Alabama football players Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry and Landon Collins. They each got a vote apiece. Somewhat stunningly, AJ McCarron didn't receive a vote and neither did Katherine Webb. Are Alabama students over them?
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 days ago
The accidents that didn't happen during Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas were apparently being saved for Friday's Cup practice session at Bristol.
Five drivers had trouble during the session, which was run in chilly temperatures. During Sunday's race at Vegas there wasn't a single spin or accident.
Kyle Busch hit the wall coming off the corner, while Greg Biffle spun off the corner and hit the inside wall with the front of his car. Justin Allgaier's car took off as he entered the corner and he pancaked the outside wall. All three drivers were forced to go to backup cars.
So was Danica Patrick, who crashed about three minutes into the session. She got into Parker Kligerman after getting loose and spun into the wall. Kligerman's team fixed the damage to his car, and he had this to say following the incident.
- From The Marbles2 days ago
After we asked for your Kurt Busch nickname suggestions for his new From the Marbles nickname, you all didn't disappoint. We received almost 150 nicknames in the past week and we've parsed it down to what we think are the best 10.
In case you missed our post about how we can't get behind Busch's self-imposed "Outlaw" nickname, you can check it out here.
Voting is open until Friday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Some of the nicknames below may be self-explanatory, others you may not understand. Heck, the same nickname may have completely different meanings for different people. It's why we're not going to explain or implicitly endorse any of the choices below. It's all up to you, readers. Pick wich one you want to stick.
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