Nick Bromberg

  • Following testing crash, Keselowski says road courses are most dangerous tracks

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    Brad Keselowski said Friday following his head-on collison at Watkins Glen on Wednesday that he believed road courses were the most dangerous types of tracks because of the angles in which a driver can hit the wall.

    Keselowski’s car had a brake failure during a testing session and slammed into a foam-covered wall head-on at approximately 80 MPH. The 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion emerged unscathed from the accident and said he felt the danger resulted from not only the angles in which a driver can hit a wall at a road course but also because of the large run-off areas at a track like the Glen, where the Cup Series races next week.

    Watkins Glen has a significant run-off area on the outside of turn 1 and drivers enter the 90-degree right-hand turn coming down a significant hill. Keselowski’s crash was the latest spectacular crash in that area of the track. It’s impossible to forget Jimmie Johnson’s collision there in what’s now the Xfinity Series.

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  • Tony Stewart's insurance not liable for damages stemming from Ward incident

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    A court ruling Friday said Tony Stewart’s insurance company wasn’t obligated to pay any damages or fees regarding an incident at a dirt track in upstate New York where Stewart struck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward.

    Stewart and Ward were racing each other at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in a sprint car race when Ward hit the wall. Ward exited his car and walked down the track to gesture to Stewart and was hit by the right-rear tire on Stewart’s car. Stewart was not charged in the incident and has said he didn’t see Ward walking on the track until it was too late.

    The Ward family has filed a civil suit against Stewart regarding Kevin’s death.

    Stewart’s insurance company had contended it wasn’t obligated to cover Stewart’s sprint car teams for what happened on August 9, 2014. It said Tony Stewart Racing’s insurance policy outlined specific events for the policy – the race at Canandaigua not being one of them – and a U.S. District Judge agreed with the company. From ESPN:

    Stewart missed three Sprint Cup races in 2014 following Ward’s death.

  • Martin Truex Jr. qualifies first at Pocono

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest speed of the third round of qualifying at Pocono on Friday to grab the top starting position for Sunday’s race.

    His lap of 179.244 MPH beat out Carl Edwards’ lap of 178.873 MPH as Edwards will start second. Denny Hamlin, another driver from Joe Gibbs Racing (Truex’s Furniture Row Racing has a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing) was fourth. Paul Menard qualified third and Ryan Newman was fifth.

    Truex won the first race at Pocono last year, his only win of 2015 before making it to the final round of the Chase. Friday’s pole is also his third of the season; he qualified first at Kansas at Charlotte, where he dominated and won in May.

  • Jeff Gordon says 'loosely' he'll 'be here as long as they need me'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Jeff Gordon left the possibility open that he could fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for more than two races if Hendrick Motorsports continues to need a substitute driver for the No. 88 car.

    Junior is missing his third race Sunday because of concussion-like symptoms and said earlier in the week he would head to doctors after the Pocono race for progress update. When HMS said Gordon would fill in at Indianapolis last week, it also said Gordon would be the team’s driver at Pocono.

    I tell you after going through what I went through at Indy I have a much greater appreciation for [New Hampshire fill-in driver Alex Bowman] because that was one of the toughest things I ever did. Not just getting in the race car after eight months, but trying to fill-in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. knowing the kind of attention that it gets. My heart was beating out of my chest because of the pressure and the eyes that were on you as much as just not being in the car … I will be here as long as they need me. I say that very loosely.”

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  • Happy Hour: Your responses to Indy's race attendance and more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days 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.

    A couple housekeeping notes before we get to your feedback from what we wrote about attendance at Indianapolis on Sunday.

    NASCAR said Thursday that it’s going to run the lower downforce 2017 rules preview at Michigan in August. The move makes sense given that the lower downforce rules were in effect at Michigan earlier this year. There’s no point in making teams run two different rules configurations at the same track.

    It’s also making some safety improvements when it comes to the area around a driver’s feet to protect the lower extremities. In hard front-impact crashes, bodywork and pedals, etc can be forced towards the driver’s body (how Kyle Busch suffered his injuries in 2015). With some reinforcements and rules changes, NASCAR hopes to do what it can to prevent other drivers from suffering lower body injuries in vicious accidents.

    Now on to your emails and tweets.

    The Chase is also not going anywhere.

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    My take? The ignorant fan base is destroying the sport. – Lorraine

    Anyone agree with Lorraine?

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  • NASCAR pushes back numerous race start times in 2017

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    If you like your racing later in the day, you’re going to be happy to see the 2017 NASCAR schedule.

    NASCAR released the start times of Sprint Cup Series races on Wednesday and many races, including the Daytona 500, will start an hour or so later than they do in 2016. The Daytona 500, on Feb. 26, will have a start time of 2 p.m. ET. The green flag for the 2016 500 was just after 1 p.m.

    Sunset in Daytona on Feb. 26 is at 6:22 ET, so it’s unlikely the race will end under darkness without a delay or a bunch of cautions.

    The answer for the later start times is simple. So simple that NASCAR itself was even willing to mention it. More people watch television later in the day, so the goal is to improve television ratings, which have seen declines in recent years.

    Here’s the start times of all the races in 2017. NBC only has one race that starts at 1 p.m. ET and that’s the fall Martinsville race. If the half-mile track had lights, you can bet it would start later. 17 races had their times pushed back.

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  • Target leaving IndyCar and Chip Ganassi Racing after 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    The most recognizable IndyCar sponsorship is ending at the end of the year.

    Per the AP, Target will not return to Chip Ganassi Racing after the conclusion of the 2016 season. The company and team have had a sponsorship relationship for 27 years. The company has a new chairman and is looking at its sponsorship agreements per the report.

    From the AP:

    “It was a really difficult decision that we made — we’ve been with Chip Ganassi Racing for 27 years and we are ridiculously proud of the success,” [senior vice president Scott] Nygaard said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “But the Target brand is about being fresh and new, so we felt like this was the time to make the difficult decision and expand our sports marketing platform.”

    Nygaard also apparently didn’t give any hints about the company’s Sprint Cup Series sponsorship of Kyle Larson, which could mean some bad news at the end of next season for Ganassi’s No. 42 team.

    About the NASCAR sponsorship, Nygaard said only that Target is excited for the 2017 season with Larson. Target’s contract with Ganassi runs through next year.

  • Kevin Harvick's crew chief suspended for lug nut violation

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Kevin Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers has been suspended for a race for a lug nut violation at Indianapolis on Sunday.

    NASCAR announced the penalty on Wednesday in yet another example of the incongruity of some NASCAR rules. Childers, as has become standard since NASCAR changed its rules and penalties regarding lug nut violations in April, was suspended for a race after NASCAR found not all 20 lug nuts (five per wheel) were tight after the Brickyard 400.

    At the race prior (New Hampshire), Matt Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection. Kenseth won the race. Yet NASCAR simply penalized Kenseth 15 points and fined crew chief Jason Ratcliff, who was not suspended.

    Childers noted that on Twitter after the penalty was announced. He’s been Harvick’s crew chief since the driver joined Stewart-Haas Racing from Richard Childress Racing in 2014 and the two won the championship that season.

    — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) July 27, 2016

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  • Watch the in-car camera from Brad Keselowski's head-on testing crash (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 days ago

    Brad Keselowski was evaluated and released from the Watkins Glen care center after a nasty wreck during testing on Tuesday.

    Keselowski hit the wall head on in turn 1, which is a downhill 90-degree right-hand turn after a long straightaway. Keselowski posted the onboard footage from his car, and according to the telemetry, he was going almost 100 MPH at the time of impact.

    I'm ok! pic.twitter.com/Cu9yPYQnFG

    — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 26, 2016

    This is what Keselowski’s car looked like from the outside after the crash. Thank goodness for that foam lining the steel barriers outside of the corner. He said he had a brake failure heading into the turn.

    NOT doing Facebook live today, Sorry. ???? pic.twitter.com/jpyX4ykNh7

    — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 26, 2016

    Thankfully Keselowski won’t have to race Sunday with an injured limb from this crash.

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  • Reports: Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 days ago

    Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone’s eventful life has taken a scary turn.

    According to reports, Ecclestone’s mother-in-law was kidnapped in Brazil. Per Veja, the kidnappers of 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck are requesting a ransom of more than $36 million. If paid, it would be the largest known ransom payment in Brazil.

    Schunck, the mother of Ecclestone’s 38-year-old wife Fabiana Flosi, was reportedly kidnapped from her home in Sao Paulo. The kidnappers have also reportedly requested the ransom be paid in pounds sterling and divided into four bags.

    Ecclestone, 85, met Flosi when she was working for the Brazilian Grand Prix. He then divorced his wife at the time, Slavica Radic, in 2009 and married Flosi in 2012. Per Eurosport and the BBC,Ecclestone has not commented regarding the kidnapping reports.

    As the head of Formula 1, Ecclestone’s worth is estimated to be nearly $4 billion. He was robbed in 2010 while he was with Flosi outside of his London office and thieves took over $300,000 worth of jewelry.

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