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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 hrs ago
Did Dale Earnhardt Jr. gross out most of the world last night with this revelatory tweet?
Shortly after he professed his love for the odd combination, Deadspin picked up on his tweet. Junior didn't mind that the post disagreed with his food tastes, but rather that the site wasn't sold it on the idea that he sent the tweet himself.
@NickBromberg I was more offended (not really offended) that they considered someone else runs my twitter handle. Blasphemy!
And anyway, don't we all have a disgusting-to-the-rest-of-the-world food combination that we love?
- From The Marbles2 hrs ago
Let the phone sponsorship battles begin.
On Friday, Verizon was announced as the title sponsor of the IndyCar Series. Verizon is the leading U.S. wireless carrier and a telecommunications provider behemoth. Sprint, the third-biggest wireless company in the U.S., is the title sponsor of the Sprint Cup Series, which is of course the top-tier series in NASCAR.
“Verizon's commitment to IndyCar demonstrates its belief in the direction of our sport and further corroborates our long-term goals," IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “Verizon is the perfect partner for us to showcase the high level of innovation and technology that is inherent in our sport. IndyCar will provide a large audience of tech-savvy consumers who are eager for the latest technology to further enhance their experience."
Verizon has been sponsoring the No. 12 of Will Power for Team Penske and will continue the partnership with the team. The company will also sponsor Juan Pablo Montoya for eight races in 2014. Montoya moved to the IndyCar Series after seven full-time seasons in the Sprint Cup Series for Chip Ganassi Racing.
- From The Marbles22 hrs ago
Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to email@example.com or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here, have a good time and everyone's happy.
Let's start with talking about qualifying briefly, then we'll touch on two of the funniest emails of the year before we vote on Kurt Busch's new FTM nickname, shall we?
I would have to disagree with your article and with NASCAR about a minimum speed requirement. If NASCAR did impose a minimum speed as a percentage of the leader then this would keep the car going at relatively the same speed as all the other cars. The problem exsists because the teams are used to taping up the grills for qualifying and not letting the are in. The teams just need to open up the grills and this would solve all the problems with overheating. This would make the cars closer to race trim than a different qualifying set up. - John
- From The Marbles1 day ago
Fans who parked for free in a Las Vegas Motor Speedway parking lot during Sunday's Sprint Cup race were forced to wait to leave until after fans in a paid parking lot left.
A man who wrote a letter to the speedway and local public officials was irate at what happened. He says that speedway parking attendants as well as Las Vegas Police and Nevada Highway Patrol officers prevented fans, including himself, from leaving until those who paid $59 to park had left.
“This is an illegal act! You cannot detain patrons against their will, without their consent, when there is no safety issue, no lives are at stake — when the only reason is LVMS wants to give priority exit status to paid parking patrons,” David Morehouse wrote in a Monday email to speedway President Chris Powell and local public officials. “The act is unconscionable, and should be punishable by fine or class action lawsuit.”
- From The Marbles2 days ago
NASCAR's new "knockout" qualifying format has been a success so far, drawing praise from both fans and drivers early in the season. But the one glaring flaw has been the fact that hot cars don't cool down fast enough between runs. This has forced drivers to take extra laps at school-zone speeds while other drivers are hammer-down full speed. Anyone who's come upon a driver doing 40 on the highway can see the potential safety issue here.
So NASCAR hasmoved to address that concernby allowing crews to hook up cooling units to the cars on pit road. NASCAR officials had resisted the idea in the past, saying that allowing teams to open the hood would make it too difficult to police teams. So this new change will allow cooling units to access the car through hood flaps, not by opening the hood itself.
It will be a welcome change for drivers, who were aware of the potential dangers. Brian Vickers called the combination qualifying/cooldown lap routine "the most dangerous thing I've ever done in a race car."
Power Rankings: The battle is for third as Earnhardt Jr. and Keselowski separate themselves from the packFrom The Marbles3 days ago
Guess what's back, back, back again? Power rankings are back, tell a friend. Our weekly From the Marbles staple is back for 2014 and once again, it's far from a scientific formula as it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. Direct all your complaints to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And no, we're not expanding Power Rankings to 16 drivers.
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (LW: 1): We touched on it in the Chrome Horn Debrief, but it's worth mentioning again that crediting the new Chase format for Junior's decision to gamble on fuel is unfair to NASCAR history, even if Junior says the decision was motivated by the format. This is not the first time in NASCAR that someone has gambled on fuel mileage to attempt to win a race, nor is it the last. And besides, it's not like the No. 88 was three laps short and threw a Hail Mary.
While NASCAR hasn't tweaked group qualifying yet, some drivers suggest an important change may be neededFrom The Marbles4 days ago
Through two weeks, it's apparent that NASCAR's group qualifying procedures are more entertaining and intriguing than the one-by-one qualifying sessions that had been a NASCAR staple through 2013.
But it doesn't mean they're not a work in progress.
After Friday's qualifying session at Las Vegas, the first session at a 1.5 mile track, the length of circuit that dominates the Sprint Cup Series, drivers were still outspoken about an aspect of qualifying that NASCAR says it's not looking to change immediately.
Heck, Brian Vickers called it "the most dangerous thing I've ever done in a race car."
What's that aspect? In order to prevent teams from opening the hood on cars while they're stationed on pit road, NASCAR has outlawed teams from hooking up outside cooling systems to the cars. Therefore, teams have resorted to running laps at speeds you see cars in your neighborhood drive to cool their engines before making another qualifying attempt.
Clint Bowyer likes the knockout format and called it nerve-wracking. But he mentioned the speed discrepancy
- From The Marbles4 days ago
It was a very good weekend to be Roger Penske.
Of course, when you're a successful businessman and race team owner like Penske, you have a lot of good weekends. But as Team Penske's Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas on Friday and Penske's Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide Series race Saturday and the Cup race Sunday, Penske was having even more sporting success.
He had a hole-in-one at Augusta National Golf Club, site of The Masters. It was on No. 4 on the Par-3 course.
When he was asked about the hole-in-one after Sunday's race, Penske wondered what all the fuss was about and dedicated the win to William Clay Ford, the Detroit Lions owner who died Sunday at age 88.Penske's team fields Fords in NASCAR.
- From The Marbles4 days ago
A post-race Chrome Horn? No, you're not hallucinating.
Join yours truly and Geoffrey Miller for some post-Vegas chat. We'll explain how the fuel strategy that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Steve Letarte played really wasn't that much of a huge risk, especially in the context of last year. Plus, we'll explain how we feel crediting the new Chase format for the outcome of Sunday's race may be a bit disingenuous.
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- From The Marbles4 days ago
Yes, that was Paul Menard briefly side-by-side with Jimmie Johnson for second with less than 50 laps to go in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas.
Right after Menard pulled alongside Johnson, the caution flag flew and the field was jumbled after pit stops. But Menard drove through the field throughout the race's final 42 laps and finished third. The last time he finished third? in October 2012.
Menard has one Cup Series victory. It came at Indianapolis in 2011.
" When that caution came out, we knew that we were going to pit," Menard said. " The question was whether or not to take right sides or gas only. Took gas only, spun the tires really bad on the restart.Everybody on the outside lane seemed to really spin their tires. Whoever had clean air seemed like they checked out. You saw the 2 do that earlier, the 88 did it at the end. So clean air obviously is still very important, but I felt like our car, I could move lanes and we could race people and pass people, which was obviously really important"