Nick Bromberg

  • Quick takeaways from the Sprint Unlimited

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 12 hrs ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Throughout the 2016 we may have way too many quick thoughts for our post-race posts. So consider our new Takeaways feature to be the home of our random and sometimes intelligent musings. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below.

    • There was a lot of debris on the frontstretch at Daytona on Saturday night. The main debris victim was Brad Keselowski, who had large pieces of debris on his grille at least twice. The first time Keselowski's car had debris on the front of his grille, his engine got so hot that the radiator started spewing water and the team had to replenish it.

    [Related:Denny Hamlin wins Sprint Unlimited for third time]

    And if it was plastic from the newly-finished construction, it's a bit ironic given the track is using wet wipes instead of napkins at concession stands to cut down on the possibility of debris flying around.

  • Denny Hamlin wins Unlimited in first test of new extra lap rules

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 12 hrs ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – NASCAR's modified green-white-checker finish got its first practical application in the season's opening race.

    OK, the Sprint Unlimited isn't officially the first race of the NASCAR season. But the exhibition race serves as a test for many drivers and teams for the Daytona 500. And Denny Hamlin passed the test for the third time, winning Saturday night's race ahead of Joey Logano.

    [Related:Quick takeaways from the Sprint Unlimited]

    Hamlin was leading down the backstretch on the race's final lap when a multi-car accident happened in turns 1 and 2. NASCAR waited to throw the caution flag to see if the wreck would clear. As Hamlin maintained his lead, the caution was out before what remained of the field made it to turn three.

    The race went four laps over after a multi-car crash on the backstretch that started when Casey Mears bumped Brad Keselowski who bumped Carl Edwards on the backstretch. Thursday, NASCAR said that any overtime attempts would be governed by an "overtime line" on the backstretch.

  • Brian Vickers' return to Cup Series ends with crash (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Brian Vickers' first substitute driving appearance for Tony Stewart ended abruptly and viciously when he hit the turn 1 wall in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.

    Vickers appeared to have a right-rear tire issue as the field headed into the corner and he lost control. As he hit the wall he was clobbered into by teammate Kevin Harvick, who had nowhere to go. Vickers said he felt the tire go down on the straightaway but as he was rolling out of the gas, the car snapped loose on him.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch were also involved. Busch is also a teammate of Vickers', meaning Danica Patrick was the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver not involved in the crash. Clint Bowyer was involved too; he's replacing Stewart in 2017 in the No. 14 car.

    Vickers was driving the exhibition race for Stewart after Stewart suffered a fractured vertebra in a sand buggy accident. Vickers climbed from the car after the crash and was evaluated and relased from the infield care center. It was his first Cup Series race since the Phoenix race in spring of 2015. Vickers missed the majority of the season because of blood clots.

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  • Baylor doesn't have to release police sexual assault records

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Texas attorney general's office is not requiring Baylor to release police records relating to sexual assaults committed by two former football players.

    The records were requested by both the Associated Press and ESPN's Outside the Lines. According to the state, the release of the records would violate the privacy of the victims in the assaults.

    From the AP:

    In arguing that the records should remain private, Wheelus says that the party requesting the information knows the names of the victims, so releasing the records would result in making public "highly intimate or embarrassing details."

    The AG's office, headed by Attorney General and Baylor graduate Ken Paxton, declined further comment on the opinion.

    Elliott is currently serving 20 years in prison after he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in 2014 for a 2012 incident at a party.

    Baylor, a private university, is subject to state open records laws after laws changed in 2015 that made the records of campus police open to be requested.

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  • Wood Brothers Racing no longer part of Race Team Alliance

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Wood Brothers Racing said Friday that it's no longer part of the Race Team Alliance.

    The team did not get one of the 36 charters granted as part of NASCAR's new ownership structure.Teams that got charters had competed full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for the past three seasons. The Wood Brothers, who have been in NASCAR since 1953, haven't run a full-time schedule since after the 2008 season. The team is returning to full-time racing in 2016 with Ryan Blaney.

    “Around this time last year, the owners group invited us to be a part of their discussions," Wood Brothers Racing business director Jon Wood said. "The first time that we went to one of those meetings was the weekend of the 600 in May. It was at that point when we sort of saw the proposed framework and the direction that they were wanting to go. It was fairly close to what it turned out being. That being said, we kind of knew right then that if it went down that road that it would certainly change things for us but we didn’t know if that was it yet."

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  • HScott Motorsports leases charter for Michael Annett in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    The first lease of a charter under NASCAR's new ownership agreement is done.

    HScott Motorsports has leased the charter granted to Premium Motorsports for the 2016 season. The lease guarantees Michael Annett will have a starting spot in every race in 2016. Premium Motorsports, which is fielding a full-time car for Cole Whitt, will have to qualify on speed every week.

    "The new Charter License structure is the result of monumental and unprecedented cooperation between NASCAR and the teams that will further advance the sport into the foreseeable future," owner Harry Scott said in a statement. "The Charter System provides equity and certainty necessary for owners to build a successful business plan and maintain the health of their investment that will benefit fans and sponsors."

    HScott was granted a charter for the 2016 season for Clint Bowyer's No. 15 team. To get a charter, a car had to participate full-time in the Cup Series from 2013-2015. HScott expanded to two teams in 2015 when Annett joined Justin Allgaier to form a two-car team.

  • Report: Michigan recruiting trips cost over $130K in late January 2015

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Recruits may consider talk from coaches during the recruiting process to be cheap at times, but University of Michigan records show that the practice of recruiting certainly isn't.

    According to records obtained by USA Today, Michigan spent approximately $136,000 for head coach Jim Harbaugh and his assistants to recruit in late January 2015. It was Harbaugh's first month as the Wolverines' coach after he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Traveling alone or being accompanied by as many as three assistants at a time, Harbaugh racked up 18 jet-travel legs from Jan. 19 through Jan. 30. There were another five “dead” legs involving no passengers, and an assistant coach had one solo travel leg. There was only day during that period for which no private-jet trips were logged.

    Altogether, the total value came to nearly $136,000.

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Homer History: Alex Gordon ties Game 1 of the 2015 World Series

    Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Ninety feet.

    The phrase haunted Kansas Citians all throughout the 2014-15 offseason. If you mentioned the distance to anyone in the metro area no matter the context, you wouldn’t get a quizzical look. Everyone knew what it meant.

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    Ninety feet is the distance that separated Royals left fielder Alex Gordon from the tying run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Gordon, as you know, hit a should-have-been single to the left-center gap with two outs. Gregor Blanco misplayed the ball and it rolled to the wall. Gordon made it to third, where he was held by third-base coach Mike Jirschele.

    Ninety feet from possibly the greatest Game 7 moment in World Series history.

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    The Royals trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. The New York Mets had just inserted closer Jeurys Familia, he of the 96 MPH fastball and 93 MPH split-finger fastball. Gordon was due up second in the inning after catcher Sal Perez. 

    Perez grounded out. 

    Gordon took the first pitch, a 97 MPH fastball, for a ball.

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    Ninety feet from home. 

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  • It's official: Brian Vickers to drive for Tony Stewart at Daytona

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Stewart-Haas Racing officially announced Brian Vickers as the driver of the No. 14 car at Daytona.

    Vickers is replacing Tony Stewart, who will miss the Daytona 500 after suffering a back injury in late January. Stewart, who is scheduled to retire at the end of the season, is a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion but has never won the Daytona 500.

    Vickers will race in the Sprint Unlimited for Stewart on Saturday night. He'll then drive in the Daytona 500 on February 21 as well as the qualifying races for the 500 on Thursday, Feb. 18. It's unknown if he'll continue as Stewart's interim driver after Daytona. The team has not announced who will be in the car at Atlanta and beyond until Stewart returns.

    Stewart held a Periscope session on Friday morning, his first public words since the sand buggy accident that resulted in a fractured burst vertebra in his back.

    Stewart was on Periscope while walking on a treadmill in Charlotte. He's expected to be out for a significant period of time and NBC analyst Dale Jarrett said the team expects him to be out a minimum of three months.

    Podcast: EARNHARDT NATION author Jay Busbee discusses his new book:

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  • No. 14 car allowed to compete in Sprint Unlimited

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Tony Stewart's No. 14 car will be competing in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited exhibition race.

    NASCAR said Thursday afternoon that Stewart-Haas Racing could field the No. 14 car in the event. The driver of the car is expected to be Brian Vickers. SHR is announcing the driver of the car Friday morning and the AP reported Wednesday that it will be Vickers.

    Vickers has been medically cleared by NASCAR to race. He missed most of the 2015 season because of a recurrence of blood clots, which also sidelined him in 2010 and 2013. Stewart is out with a fractured vertebra suffered in a late January sand buggy incident.

    “We have not been informed who the driver will be” NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell said on NBC's NASCAR America. “We can just confirm we will allow the 14 in the race.”

    It's, uh, quite unlikely that NASCAR doesn't know that Vickers (or someone else) will replace Stewart in the Unlimited.

    The addition of Vickers into the race also goes against the spirit of the eligibility rules of the Sprint Unlimited.

    Podcast: EARNHARDT NATION author Jay Busbee discusses his new book:

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