Nick Bromberg

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins pole for Coca-Cola 600

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 8 hrs ago

    Entering 2016, Martin Truex Jr. hadn't won a pole since 2012. He now has two this season. Truex posted the fastest lap in the third round of qualifying at Charlotte on Thursday and will start first in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.

    Truex's first pole of the season came at Kansas, a race he dominated. However his chances at victory were derailed when the team had an issue attaching the right front wheel to the hub on the final pit stop. He ended up finishing 14th.

    Fast cars and crazy things slowing them down has been the story of Truex's 2016. He was fast a Dover in the last Sprint Cup points race and got caught in a bizarre chain reaction crash that was cued when Jimmie Johnson had a gearbox issue.

    He was in position to win at Texas earlier this year as well before a couple late cautions ruined the team's strategy and he was passed by Kyle Busch on newer tires.

    Oh yeah, he was a very-close second to Denny Hamlin in the Daytona 500.

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  • Happy Hour: Races on cable, All-Star changes and more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 8 hrs ago

    It's time for Happy Hour. As always, tweet us your thoughts or shoot us an email at if you want to participate.

    The All-Star Race was fun. If you like chaos, of course. We'll get to some All-Star Race discussion in a bit. First, let's look at what Carl Edwards had to say when reacting to the news that NASCAR was cutting even more downforce at two races this summer.

    " I’m so excited about the things that are coming at Kentucky and Michigan," Edwards said. "NASCAR is doing what it takes, the teams are doing what it takes to go out and figure out how to make this the best racing it can be. This is going to be a blast. These cars, I’m telling you, when you drive them sideways at 200 mph and you’re closing on people and you’re able to pressure them and race like that, that’s as good as it gets. I’m very excited about Michigan and Kentucky, it’s like Christmas for me.”

    Don't expect the changes for the two races – if they get rave reviews  – to be implemented permanently before 2017.



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  • 5 of the most dominating Indianapolis 500 performances

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

    We continue our series by looking at drivers who dominated the Indianapolis 500 and won. It's a happy change from our five disappointments on Wednesday.

    • Billy Arnold, 1930: Arnold's record still stands to this day.

    He won the 1930 Indianapolis 500 by leading 198 of the race's 200 laps, the most anyone has ever won in a win at Indianapolis. And he didn't lap the field either. 10 cars finished on the same lap that Arnold did.

    The only other driver to lead laps was Louis Meyer, who started on the pole. Meyer led the first two laps and when Arnold passed him from the fourth starting position, it was game over.

    Arnold led the most laps in the 1931 Indianapolis 500 (155 laps) as well, but didn't win the race. He finished 19th after crashing out from the lead on lap 162.

    • Bill Vukovich, 1953: Vukovich led the most laps in the 1952 Indy 500 and ended up finishing 17th in the race thanks to a steering wheel issue. He closed the deal the next year.

    Vukovich repeated in 1954 when he led 90 of the race's laps for his second win.

  • Baylor board chair: Investigation findings 'shocked and outraged us'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    The chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents didn't mince words when discussing the findings of an independent investigation to how it handles Title IX investigations and other compliance issues.

    “We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University's mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students,” Richard Willis said in a school statement. “The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.”

    Baylor fired football coach Art Briles Thursday as the findings from the Pepper Hamilton law firm were released by the school. They came amidst multiple allegations of sexual assault against former players and a lawsuit by a former student who said she was assaulted by an ex-player convicted of rape and that the school didn't act appropriately regarding her allegations.

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  • Baylor fires coach Art Briles

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

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    Art Briles is no longer Baylor's head coach.

    The school announced its intent to fire Briles Thursday as it released the findings of an independent investigation into the way the school has handled accusations of sexual assaults. The school said in a release that Briles is officially suspended with the intent to terminate.

    In a statement addressing the investigation, the chair of Baylor's board of regents said the board was shocked and outraged. The report details misconduct within the football program and that "in some cases, football coaches and staff had inapprorpriate involvement in disciplinary and criminal matters or engaged in improper conduct that reinforced an overall perception that football was above the rules and that there was no culture of accountability for misconduct."

    Most notably, former football players Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu have been convicted of rape while others, including former defensive end Shawn Oakman, have been accused of rape.


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  • Report: Boise State disciplines 3 after probe into sexual assaults

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Three Boise State redshirt freshmen won't be part of the program in 2016.

    According to a report by the Idaho Statesman, Marquis Hendrix and Donzale Roddie were expelled and Darreon Jackson was suspended for the year following a Title IX investigation into sexual assault allegations. The players have not been criminally charged in the incidents, which allegedly took place in the second half of 2015.

    From the Statesman:

    In incidents Aug. 19, Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 of last year, the alleged victim said she was coerced into performing oral sex on the three players, or in one incident, on a recruit during his official visit. The woman first met with Kerrick in person Nov. 30. She was interviewed in February in depth about the majority of details in the complaint.

    The woman was dating Hendrix before the August incident and said he "tried to intimidate and control using force pressure and through repeated texts." She said the first allegation stemmed from when he pressured her into performing a sex act on Roddie.

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  • Chuckie Keeton joining Oregon State coaching staff

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Chuckie Keeton is becoming a college football coach.

    Oregon State announced Wednesday that Keeton, the former Utah State quarterback, and former Utah State offensive lineman Funaki Asisi would be members of the footbal staff in an unnamed capacity.

    Asisi recently served as a graduate assistant for two seasons at Utah State following the conclusion of his playing career in 2011. Keeton had a briefly dynamic and injury-prone career at Utah State that ended after the 2015 season.

    “I’m very thankful that Coach [Gary] Andersen and Oregon State has presented me this opportunity,” Keeton said in a team statement. “I’m excited to be able to contribute to the growth of the school, program and the football team in whatever capacity possible."

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    Andersen coached both players at Utah State before heading to Wisconsin. He left Wisconsin before the 2015 season to take the head coaching job at Oregon State.

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  • NASCAR takes away downforce for Michigan and Kentucky races

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 19 hrs ago

    Two Sprint Cup Series races this summer will feature even more tweaks designed to take away downforce from the cars.

    NASCAR said Thursday that the races at Michigan on June 12 and Kentucky on July 9 would feature changes to the splitters and spoilers on the cars. The spoilers will be an inch shorter (2.5 inches) and the splitters will be two inches smaller.

    "I think we look at it as a never-ending journey; if we can improve we're going to do that," NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell said via "We wanted to go the direction of low downforce, see how that worked, not kind of go all the way in and hope that we are directionally right. And we are seeing that play out. We've seen some great racing at the beginning of the year.

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  • Childress, Hendrick, Martin, Parks and Parsons make NASCAR HOF

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress are members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

    The two team owners joined Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons as the five members who make up the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. Former Martinsville Speedway president H. Clay Earles was given the Landmark Award.

    Parsons was the leading vote-getter among the five inductees. He appeared on 85 percent of ballots while Hendrick was a distant second at 62 percent. Martin was on 57 percent of ballots, Parks was on 53 percent of ballots and Childress was on 43 percent.

    According to NBC, Robert Yates, Red Byron and Alan Kulwicki were the next three highest vote getters. It's good to see that Byron's votes still counted after his name was misspelled on the official ballot.

    Here's a quick look at the five inductees, who were chosen from a list of 20 nominees. They'll be officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January.

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  • 5 of the biggest disappointments of the Indianapolis 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    As we count down to Sunday's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest memories from the historic race.

    We start our series with five of the biggest disappointments of the 500 and reflect on some of the most teasing moments that drivers have endured during the previous 99 races.

    • Ralph DePalma, 1912: The second Indianapolis 500 (then known as the International 500) is remembered for the most dominating performance that didn't result in a win.

    DePalma started fourth in his Mercedes and took the lead on lap 3 from Teddy Tetzlaff, who led the first two laps after starting third.

    No one could challenge DePalma for the lead. He wasn't passed at all over the next 196 laps and as the race wound down, it looked certain that DePalma was going to win.

    He didn't. Joe Dawson passed him on lap 198 after DePalma suffered a piston issue. Not only did DePalma fail to win the race, he failed to finish.

    • Parnelli Jones, 1967: Jones was great on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Granatelli paid Jones $100,000 to drive in the race and said he'd split the winnings if Jones won the race.

    He didn't.

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