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  • Austin Dillon says severity of wreck hit when he talked to brother

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 39 mins ago

    Austin Dillon started looking at videos of his crash not long after he emerged from the infield care center on Monday morning.

    Dillon's car launched into the catchfence at the end of the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. After making contact with Denny Hamlin's car, Dillon's car flew over two lanes of cars and slammed into the fence above the wall. Five fans were treated for minor injuries from his car, which came to rest upside down between the track and pit road.

    Dillon said Tuesday his groin and tailbone are sore, but that he doesn't have a headache from the crash. He started to watch the videos of his crash after he showered following the race and the severity of the wreck became apparent when he talked to his brother Ty, who drives in the Xfinity Series.

    A broken radio cord added to the drama after the race. As crew members from various teams rushed towards Dillon's car to see if he was OK, his team was radioing him and asking him if he was OK. But Dillon's radio was not working. He could hear his crew but they couldn't hear them.

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  • Power Rankings: Jimmie Johnson holds serve

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com.

    1. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 1): It was like Talladega all over again. And likely because people's attendtion was divided at the finish, there aren't the same ridiculous cries that Johnson allowed Earnhardt Jr. to win the race. Did Johnson have one of the two best cars like his crew chief, Chad Knaus, said at the end of the race? Probably. But let's be real here, Johnson was No. 2 in that group and Knaus likely knew it.

    was the right call to stay out. He was simply damned no matter what happened.

    7. Joey Logano (LW: 5): Logano finished 22nd, which is a much higher finish than you'd think he'd get after being involved in the lap three crash. The front end of his car was a mangled mess. Hell, he finished on the lead lap too, which may be even more impressive. He got back on the lead lap because of David Ragan's spin with 12 laps to go and is still in fourth in the standings.

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  • South Alabama launches exploration of on-campus stadium

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    South Alabama is investigating the possibilities of an on-campus stadium.

    The school announced Monday it would begin the process to see if a stadium was feasible.

    "Construction of a football stadium is an extremely complex undertaking that requires significant due diligence on the part of the University leadership, and we are at the very beginning of a process that will examine all the issues we must consider before a decision can be made," South Alabama president Tony Waldrop said in a statement.

    The school said the process would be done by a "small group" of trustees, administrators and staff.

    South Alabama's football program began in 2009 and the school joined the FBS division in 2012. The team currently plays its home games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, the site of the Senior Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl.

    The Jaguars finished the 2014 season 6-7 after losing to Bowling Green in the Camellia Bowl.

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  • Kentucky QB Patrick Towles really likes Harry Potter

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    You're not a real Harry Potter fan unless you're dressed up like him on the cover of a magazine.

    Got that? OK. Because Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles is a real fan. He's on the cover of the 2015 edition of The Cats Pause Kentucky football yearbook with glasses and a scarf.

    If you need to get your copy, the magazine is expected to start shipping next week.

    Towles told CatsPause.com that he took the opportunity to dress up like Harry Potter for the magazine to show people that he too has obsessions that are outside of football. If there's a Harry Potter movie on TV, he said he's likely watching it.

    “It's a chance to show people that I’m a real person who likes what you guys like, who eats what you guys eat and does what you all do,” Towles said. “It helps develop a sense of common ground. ‘Hey, he’s not really that far away,’ or, ‘He’s not really that different. He’s just one of us who happens to play football.’”

    Towles threw for 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014.

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  • Earnhardt Jr. wins at Daytona in front of Dillon's vicious crash

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    Austin Dillon's car was catapulted into the catchfence in the Daytona International Speedway trioval during a massive crash at the end of Sunday night's Coke Zero 400 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race.

    One fan was taken to the hospital after it appeared some debris from Dillon's car flew into the grandstands.

    Junior crossed the finish line ahead of a massive pack of cars typical of any restrictor plate race. Denny Hamlin got turned around behind Junior and chaos ensued. Dillon's car got launched from the inside line of the track over two lanes of cars and into the catchfence, where it hit bottom-side first, going from nearly 200 mph to zero in an instant.

    According to Daytona president Joie Chitwood, eight fans declined treatment in the grandstands following the crash. The person taken to the hospital was treated and released from Halifax Health early Monday morning.

    13 fans looked at in stands, 8 declined care, 4 treated here, 1 taken to hospital stable

    Fan treated and released from Halifax Health Medical Center.

    Here's what the crash looked like from the stands.

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  • Big crash happens early at Coke Zero 400 (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Sunday's Coke Zero 400 was delayed over three hours because of rain. When it finally got going before 11 p.m. ET, it didn't take long for the first big crash to hit.

    David Gilliland cut down in front of Clint Bowyer on lap three. He wasn't clear of Bowyer and went spinning off Bowyer's bumper. As drivers behind the two checked up, chaos ensued.

    Your browser does not support iframes. Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano was involved as his car was damaged heavily. He was ordered back to pit road after the race went back green because the splitter was dragging on the track.

    Another big crash struck with more than 50 laps to go in eerily similar circumstances when Matt Kenseth cut in front of Kasey Kahne and spun as he moved towards the inside.

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

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 days 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.