Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/24/2017

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

Marvel
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #2
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #4
I Am Groot #1
Jean Grey #2
Star-Lord Annual #1
Venom #150

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kyle Busch Wins Monster Energy All-Star Race

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
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Busch won at Charlotte for the first time in a Cup Series car, and it was his first trip to victory lane in 2017.  Busch said the victory helped his team achieve their goal of winning at NASCAR’s home track.

“We won the All-Star Race; we won a million bucks,” Busch said.  “We’ve never won at Charlotte in a Cup car, and we finally achieved that goal tonight.  It’s a reason to celebrate and to celebrate big.”

The All-Star Race is NASCAR’s second non-points event during the season.  The race instead pays $1 million to the winner, and Busch said he knew where some of that money would go.

“My wife’s…a huge advocate for IVF,” Busch said.  “The things that we do and the charitable things that we do with the Kyle Busch Foundation…it certainly goes a long way.”

Kyle Larson led every lap in the first two segments of the race, but he was caught in traffic on the final restart following a slow pit stop.  Larson said if the final run had been longer, he may have been able to run down Busch.

“We had the best car out there for sure, and even in traffic I thought I was really good,” Larson said.  “I would have needed another 20 lap run instead of a 10.”

“Sometimes it works out for you and sometimes it doesn’t.  We had a really fast car today, and go on to the 600…and try to win that one.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Kyle Larson
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Kurt Busch
5. Jamie McMurray
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Chase Elliott
8. Joey Logano
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Denny Hamlin
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. Clint Bowyer
14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Kasey Kahne
17. Chris Buescher
18. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
19. Ryan Newman
20. Matt Kenseth

Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/17/2017

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

BOOM! Studios
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #15

DC
Justice League Power Rangers #4

Marvel
Deadpool Vs Punisher #3
Generation X #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #3
Secret Empire #2
Star Wars #31
Star Wars Poe Dameron #15

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Truex Wins at Kansas

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Martin Truex Jr. won the GoBowling.com 400 from Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.

Truex led a race-high 104 laps on Saturday, but he did not have the most dominant car at the end of the race.  Truex had to run down Ryan Blaney over the final 60 laps, and he was able to hold off the field over the final two restarts.

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Truex said he needed to keep the lead over the final restarts or he wouldn’t have had enough time to get to victory lane.

“I felt like if I could get out front on those restarts I’d be fine,” Truex said.  “If I came out second or third after a lap or two, it took us awhile to get good enough to pass those guys.”

Truex made a daring move on one of the final restarts to split the lead cars, and he said he was worried something would go wrong over the final laps.

“Any of those restarts we could have gotten beat on, something could have happened,” Truex said.  “There’s no guarantee that you can make it happen, but we did.”

Blaney had a dominant car throughout the middle of the race, winning segment two.  Blaney’s car was good over the short run, but he was run down by Truex over the long run late in the race.  Blaney said he was disappointed with his fourth-place finish.

“We weren’t very good long run; we had a great short run car,” Blaney said.  “Thought, at worst, we should have finished second, but I think it says a lot for this team to go out and…get back on track.”

The race was red-flagged with 70 laps to go after a scary wreck involving Joey Logano, Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola.  Logano and Patrick got together, and Almirola slammed into them while they spun on the track.  Almirola was alert after the accident, but he had to be cut from his car by track workers.  Almirola was air lifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center for further observation.

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

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/10/2017

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

IDW
Back to the Future #19

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #27
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #7
Deadpool #30
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #2
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #15
Rocket #1
Star Wars The Screaming Citadel #1

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Stenhouse Wins at Talladega for First Career Victory

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon.

Stenhouse picked up his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory on Sunday, and the first for Roush-Fenway Racing in 101 races.  Stenhouse said he was happy to take Jack Roush back to victory lane.
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“It’s cool to have Jack Roush back in victory lane,” Stenhouse said.  “We’ve been terrible for a long time; this year every race we’re getting better and better.  Just glad to see Jack smiling here in victory lane; he’s been wanting this for a long time.”

After a late accident, the race went into overtime.  Stenhouse was able to pass Kyle Busch on the final lap to get to victory lane.

Stenhouse said the victory was the culmination of a weekend where he had one of the fastest cars.

“This car was so fast today,” Stenhouse said.  “Qualifying on the pole…it’s been a long time since we started on the pole.  We knew Talladega was a good race track for us; it’s been a good one in the past.”

Busch led 48 laps on Sunday, but he came up just short of the victory and finished third.  Busch said he was a victim of the racing at Talladega.

“Stenhouse got a really good run and really good push…I just didn’t get enough help from behind,” Busch said.  “We did all we could here today, it’s all circumstantial to win these things.”

Jamie McMurray finished second on Sunday, but he had a shot to win late in the race.  On the final lap, McMurray split Jimmie Johnson and Busch to work his way to the front, but he ran out of time before he could reach Stenhouse.

McMurray said he thought he would get a bigger run on Stenhouse coming to the checkered flag.
“I thought [Stenhouse] was going to pull out a little further than he did,” McMurray said.  “It’s so circumstantial with who gets behind you and who doesn’t.”

“This has been a really good track for me, and I haven’t been able to finish here for the last couple years.”

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

Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/3/2017

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

IDW
Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #4

Marvel
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #1
Jean Grey #1
Nova #6
Secret Empire #1
Slapstick #6
Spider-Gwen #19
Spider-Man #16
Spider-Man 2099 #23
Spider-Man Deadpool #17
Star Wars Poe Dameron #14