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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles17 mins ago
Tony Stewart's frustration from the first practice session was evident when he spoke of his retirement plans. The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion is retiring at the end of the season.
“Because I’m ready to go run stuff that makes me happy and driving a Sprint Cup car does not make me happy right now," Stewart, who has two (official) top-10 finishes in seven starts this season. " ... I’ve dedicated 18 years of my life to this series and it’s done great by me. I’ve made a great living doing it, but at the same time there are other things in life I want to do other than be at a NASCAR track three days a week for 38 weekends out of 52 weeks a year. There are just other things I want to do now. I never dreamed there was going to be a time that I was going to think about something like this.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 hr ago
Jimmie Johnson revealed Friday what drivers would like to see change at restrictor plate races.
The style of racing that happens at Daytona and Talladega was a dominant topic following the Talladega race in May when three cars got airborne. Many ideas (including here) were bandied about as possible ways to tweak or outright change the style of plate racing currently in place.
The season's second race at Daytona is next weekend and Johnson, a member of the Driver's Council, was asked about what drivers would like to see change.
“I know following Talladega there were a lot of suggestions made," Johnson said. "I certainly had some opinions of why passing was as difficult as it was and the energy that it created in the pack and the need to kind of bump-draft and slam-draft and then crash, like that whole process that took place. I know that they don’t want to over-react and we’re going to a different track in Daytona that works a little bit differently than Talladega does.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 hrs ago
The No. 32 GoFas Racing car will look familiar at Darlington in September.
The team unveiled its throwback paint scheme for the event and it's a tribute to Dale Earnhardt's Wrangler-sponsored car. Earnhardt had Wrangler sponsorship before his iconic No. 3 was black and sponsored by Goodyear. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Dale's grandson and the son of Kerry Earnhardt (Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s half-brother), will drive the car.
We still love that a Ford is sponsored by a Corvette parts site.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
It's time for Happy Hour. As always, tweet us your thoughts or shoot us an email at email@example.com if you want to participate.
Sonoma is one of our favorite races of the year; will the pattern that Kyle Busch broke last season continue or will we see another repeat Sonoma winner on Sunday?
Busch became the first driver since 2006 to win at Sonoma for a second time. Here's the list of winners dating back to 2007:
2015: Kyle Busch 2014: Carl Edwards 2013: Martin Truex Jr. 2012: Clint Bowyer 2011: Kurt Busch 2010: Jimmie Johnson 2009: Kasey Kahne 2008: Kyle Busch 2007: Juan Pablo Montoya
Add Tony Stewart to that list (he won at Sonoma in 2001 and 2005) and there are eight drivers in the field on Sunday who will be going for a second or third win. If we're going to bet on a first time Sonoma winner, it's hard to look away from Kevin Harvick. Not only is Harvick the best driver of the past three years in the Cup Series, he hasn't been too bad at Sonoma.
Let's get to your questions:
Is it possible we have more than 16 winners this season? If so, who else can still win races? - Will
There are 10 winners so far this season:
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 days ago
Former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace says he and his daughter and her husband were assaulted by three men after Wallace asked one of the men how a concert went.
The alleged assault happened after Friday's Rascal Flatts concert in Charlotte. Wallace said one of the men became angry after Wallace's question and the altercation started when Wallace asked what his problem was. Court records detail the allegations against the three men charged with misdemeanor assault against Wallace and his family.
A Magistrate’s Order state that 29-year-old Paul Lucas, who was charged with a misdemeanor assault on a female, kicked Wallace’s daughter, Lindsey, in the ribs, left arm and leg. She shielded her father after he was knocked to the ground.
Court records state that 22-year-old Nathan Lucas, charged with misdemeanor assault, struck Wallace in the face with a closed fist.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 days ago
Welcome to Power Rankings, where this week we take a look at the top 12 drivers in the Xfinity Series.
1. Daniel Suarez: Things are coming together for Suarez in his sophomore season. he's got 12 top 10s, tied for most in the series, the best average finish (6.6), has finished on the lead lap of all but one of the 14 races this season and has a points lead of 21 points. Not too shabby.
Suarez's marketability and sponsorship was a big reason why he landed a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2014 season. But he's proving to be a pretty quick study too. He's got a chance to win another race or two before the end of the season.
2. Erik Jones: We're not sure Suarez is the favorite for the Xfinity Series Chase, however. We'd still take Jones at the moment. He's led 204 laps (Suarez is second among regulars with 74 laps led), is the only Xfinity Series driver with more than one win and his average starting position is second. Yes. Second.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles4 days ago
Former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace was allegedly assaulted at a Rascal Flatts concert in Charlotte on Friday.
Three men have been arrested in connection with the alleged assault, which happened while Wallace was leaving the concert with his daughter. From ESPN:
A CMPD spokesman confirmed that three men were arrested in the Wallace assault: Paul Lucas, 29 (no hometown listed); Nathan Lucas, 22, of Indian Trail, North Carolina; and Randolph Mangum, 24, of Monroe, North Carolina.
According to their arrest records, Nathan Lucas and Mangum were charged with misdemeanor simple assault, while Paul Lucas was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female. All were released after posting bond ($1,500 for Paul Lucas, $1,000 apiece for Nathan Lucas and Mangum).
As my brother Mike laid "Knocked Out" 3 men continued to kick Mike in the face while Mike was "Knocked Out". pic.twitter.com/w74DJnuIJn
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles5 days ago
Chip Ganassi Racing's win in the GTE-Pro class at Le Mans stands despite two penalties handed down after the race.
The No. 68 car, driven by Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand and IndyCar driver Sebastian Bourdais won the GTE class by approximately a minute at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday morning. But officials penalized the team 70 seconds; 50 seconds for speeding in a local yellow zone and 20 seconds for a violation regarding its wheel speed sensors.
70 seconds is greater than 60 seconds, of course. So how did the team keep the win? Well, the second-place No. 82 Ferrari team was penalized. From SportsCar 365:
The Stewards upheld its ruling to force Risi to repair its car’s broken leader lights, following a protest lodged by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the final hour of the race.
The team has been given a 20-second post-race penalty and 5,000 Euro fine as a result of not adhering to the black-and-orange flag.
A Risi team representative told Sportscar365 they will not appeal the ruling.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles7 days ago
Could Jeff Gordon become a talk show host in addition to his duties with NASCAR on Fox?
According to a report from TV Line, the four-time Sprint Cup champion has "zoomed to the top of ABC’s short list" to replace Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's co-host on the Live! talk show (we're thinking zoom is being used as a racing pun there). Strahan succeeded Regis Philbin in 2012 after Philbin left the show in 2011 and is moving to Good Morning America full time.
Gordon has served as a fill-in host on the show many times before, so his selection wouldn't be too crazy. And given Gordon's reputation and recognition among those who don't or haven't watched NASCAR, he's not an outside-the-box selection either. Strahan became more recognizable for his TV career after his stellar NFL career.
Hey, Strahan even endorses Metamucil now. Jeff Gordon would be a great fiber supplement pitchman, don't you think?
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles8 days ago
Bernie Ecclestone sure loves the site of Formula 1’s newest grand prix.
Formula 1 is making its first trip to Azerbaijan for the European Grand Prix this weekend. The new track goes through the streets of the country’s capital, Baku. It’s a race a week and halfway around the world from the last F1 race, the Canadian Grand Prix held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
Why is that important? Well, Ecclestone, the chief executive of the Formula 1 Group, thinks the Baku track makes North America look like “a bit of a s***hole.” Really. Here’s his full quote from F1i.com:
“I didn’t walk it but went around it – when I laid it out in the first place I was told I was mad,” Ecclestone said. “Trying to get the old city and the new city together, but it looks like it has worked out alright.
“We just left the greatest place in the world North America – and compared to here, it is a bit of a s***hole isn’t it?”