Sunday, March 18, 2018

Truex Cruises to Victory in California

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Auto Club 400 from Auto Club Speedway to pick up his first victory of the season.

Truex and his team dominated from the very beginning of the weekend.  Truex won the pole for Sunday’s race, and won both stages on his way to victory lane.  Truex led 125 laps on Sunday, returning to the dominant form of his 2017 Championship run.

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Truex said he knew they would have a shot at the victory after the team’s first pit stop.

“I knew we had a really good racecar after the first adjustment of the race; the car came alive,” Truex said.  “From there it was just about managing my tires and being smart.”

Truex and his team struggled on pit road throughout the day, and lost spots on most of the team’s pit stops.

Truex said his team was never worried because their car was so strong.

“We had a little trouble getting beat out of the pits and that was tough,” Truex said.  “Once we got some clean air, this thing was unbelievable.  We just had a good enough car to make it happen.”

Kyle Larson finished second on Sunday, but early contact with Kevin Harvick put that in jeopardy.  Harvick, who had won the past three races, made contact with Larson and spun coming off of Turn 2, ending his day.

Harvick said the accident was his fault, and Larson said he didn’t know what really happened.

“We were racing really hard,” Larson said.  “I don’t know if he was coming down to side-draft me or what, but we made contact and it spun his car to the right.”

Larson said he didn’t have anything for Truex.

“We could always get to third or fourth and then stall out…still a really good day,” Larson said.

Unofficial results:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Larson
3. Kyle Busch
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Joey Logano
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Erik Jones
8. Ryan Blaney
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Austin Dillon
11. Clint Bowyer
12. Aric Almirola
13. Alex Bowman
14. Kurt Busch
15. William Byron
16. Chase Elliott
17. Jamie McMurray
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19. Paul Menard
20. Darrell Wallace Jr.
21. Ryan Newman
22. AJ Allmendinger
23. Daniel Suarez
24. Kasey Kahne
25. David Ragan
26. Michael McDowell
27. Ty Dillon
28. Cole Whitt
29. Ross Chastain
30. Chris Buescher
31. Matt DiBenedetto
32. Gray Gaulding
33. Timmy Hill
34. Reed Sorenson
35. Kevin Harvick
36. Jeffrey Earnhardt
37. Trevor Bayne

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Weekly Pull List: 3/14/2018

All the comics available this week can be found on ComicList, and any comic book news is on CBR.

Back to the Future Tales from the Time Train #3

Astonishing X-Men #9
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #15
Despicable Deadpool #296
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #301
Punisher #222
Spider-Man Deadpool #29
Star Wars Darth Vader #13
Thanos #14

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Harvick Wins Third Straight with Phoenix Victory

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the TicketGuardian 500 from ISM Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Harvick won his third race in a row on Sunday, and the victory was his ninth at the Phoenix raceway.  The win also tied his with Hall of Fame driver Mark Martin with 40 Cup Series victories.

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Harvick didn’t dominate the race like he had in the previous two races and he only led 38 laps on his way to victory lane.

Harvick said he and his team came into the weekend knowing they had a shot at the victory.

“Everyone was really determined this week,” Harvick said.  “We just wanted to go and stomp them; we didn’t stomp them, but we won.”

Following last weekend’s victory, Harvick’s car was found to be illegal.  The team was penalized and lost the seven playoff points the team had earned throughout the race.

Harvick said the penalty lit a fire in his team and motivated them to win on Sunday.

“I’ve been mad as all get out because this team does a great job,” Harvick said.  “And to take that away from those guys really [ticked] me off last week.”

Kyle Busch finished second to Harvick for the second week in a row.  Busch said he knew they wouldn’t have anything for Harvick’s team during the race.

“Before the race, I knew [Harvick] had the car to beat,” Busch said.  “We actually had a shot to race him and outrace him and try to beat him, but it just didn’t quite work out.”

“Proud to come home second, but now it’s starting to get frustrating.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kyle Busch
3. Chase Elliott
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Aric Almirola
8. Daniel Suarez
9. Erik Jones
10. Kurt Busch
11. Ryan Newman
12. William Byron
13. Alex Bowman
14. Jimmie Johnson
15. Brad Keselowski
16. Ryan Blaney
17. Austin Dillon
18. Kyle Larson
19. Joey Logano
20. Trevor Bayne
21. AJ Allmendinger
22. David Ragan
23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
24. Kasey Kahne
25. Matt DiBenedetto
26. Jamie McMurray
27. Ross Chastain
28. Darrell Wallace Jr.
29. Chris Buescher
30. Ty Dillon
31. DJ Kennington
32. Michael McDowell
33. Timmy Hill
34. Gray Gaulding
35. Jeffrey Earnhardt
36. Paul Menard
37. Corey LaJoie

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Weekly Pull List: 3/5/2018

All the comics available this week can be found on ComicList, and any comic book news is on CBR.

Amazing Spider-Man #797
Infinity Countdown #1
Spider-Man #238
Star Wars #44
Venom #163

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Harvick Doubles Down With Victory in Las Vegas

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Harvick dominated the race for the second week in a row, and led a race-high 214 laps.  After winning both stages on Sunday, Harvick already has 13 playoff points to use when NASCAR’s playoffs begin in September.
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Harvick said his team’s strong start actually began last season.

“These last two weeks we’ve just hit on what we needed to,” Harvick said.  “This stems back to when our 1.5 mile program got so much better at the end of the year.”

“They’ve done their homework when it comes to a number of things.”

The victory was also Harvick’s 100th across NASCAR’s three national touring series.  Harvick now joins Richard Petty, Kyle Busch and David Pearson as the only drivers with 100 NASCAR wins.

Harvick said the victories were a testament to the teams he’s been with throughout his NASCAR career.

“Winning 100 races is something I never thought I’d be able to do,” Harvick said.  “They’re hard to win…I’ve been fortunate to sit in a lot of good racecars.”

Busch finished second on Sunday, but he was never able to get close enough to Harvick to challenge for the victory.

Busch said no one could compete with Harvick throughout the weekend.

“Our M&M’s Camry was really strong the last 100 laps of the race,” Busch said.  “No catching that 4 [of Harvick]; they were just on rails today and lights out.”

“I don’t know what we have to do better to catch up to those guys, but obviously we’ve got some work to do to get a little bit better.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Larson
4. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Joey Logano
8. Erik Jones
9. Paul Menard
10. Aric Almirola
11. Ryan Newman
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Austin Dillon
14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15. Chris Buescher
16. Alex Bowman
17. Denny Hamlin
18. Clint Bowyer
19. Kasey Kahne
20. Trevor Bayne
21. Darrell Wallace Jr.
22. Matt DiBenedetto
23. David Ragan
24. Ty Dillon
25. Cole Custer
26. Daniel Suarez
27. William Byron
28. Cole Whitt
29. Ross Chastain
30. AJ Allmendinger
31. Jeffrey Earnhardt
32. Joey Gase
33. Gray Gaulding
34. Chase Elliott
35. Kurt Busch
36. Jamie McMurray
37. Michael McDowell

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Weekly Pull List: 2/28/2018

All the comics available this week can be found on ComicList, and any comic book news is on CBR.

BOOM! Studios
Go Go Power Rangers #7

Despicable Deadpool #295
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #25
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #300
Spider-Gwen #29
Spider-Man Deadpool #28
Star Wars Darth Vader #12

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Harvick Dominates in Atlanta

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the Fold of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Harvick dominated the race and led 173 of 325 laps.  Harvick has been one of the best drivers at Atlanta in recent years, but he hasn’t been able to find victory lane since his first career victory in 2001.
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Harvick said he was excited to get back to victory lane after dominating the track over the years.

“For five years it’s been so fast at this particular race track,” Harvick said.  “I love racing here, and it’s good to be back in victory lane.  It took awhile.”

Harvick was the favorite as soon as cars unloaded on Friday, and most of the field was playing catch-up throughout the weekend.  Harvick said he was glad everyone knew they had a strong car.

“It was great getting into this car and knowing that everyone knew they had to beat our car,” Harvick said.  “This is a great start to getting ourselves in the playoffs and doing everything we needed to do.”

“There were so many demons that seemed to plague us here for a long time…I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to do that.”

Brad Keselowski finished second on Sunday, but he could never get close to Harvick over the final run to challenge for the win.  Keselowski said Harvick was in a league of his own.

“I was throwing everything I could throw at [Harvick] and it wasn’t enough,” Keselowski said.  “Kevin was in a league of his own, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Joey Logano
7. Kyle Busch
8. Kurt Busch
9. Kyle Larson
10. Chase Elliott
11. Erik Jones
12. Ryan Blaney
13. Aric Almirola
14. Austin Dillon
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17. Paul Menard
18. William Byron
19. Jamie McMurray
20. Alex Bowman
21. Kasey Kahne
22. Ryan Newman
23. David Ragan
24. Michael McDowell
25. Chris Buescher
26. Ty Dillon
27. Jimmie Johnson
28. Cole Whitt
29. AJ Allmendinger
30. Ross Chastain
31. Matt DiBenedetto
32. Darrell Wallace Jr.
33. Harrison Rhodes
34. Jeffrey Earnhardt
35. Trevor Bayne
36. Gray Gaulding Jr.

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