Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bowyer Wins Rain-Shortened Michigan Race

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Clint Bowyer won the rain-shortened FireKeepers Casino 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Rain delayed the start of the race on Sunday by over two hours, and it threatened the track throughout the race.  The rain finally arrived and ended the race on lap 133 of 200 while Bowyer was out front.

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Bowyer’s team used pit strategy to get to the front, taking only two tires on the final pit stop while the rest of the field took four tires.

Bowyer said he was nervous when he was the only driver to take two tires.

“When he said two tires…I don’t know,” Bowyer said.  “Especially when I looked in the mirror and everyone else took four.  When you come out that far ahead of everybody else, you know you’re on a mission for a gamble.”

On the final restart, Bowyer had to hold off his teammate Kevin Harvick, who had led the most laps throughout the race.  Bowyer said he knew holding off Harvick would be a challenge.

“Being on the same tires with Kevin on a restart, you know what you’re up against,” Bowyer said.  “He was so much faster than me in 1 and 2.  I got down to 3 and 4 and I had to chop him off and take his line away.”

Harvick said he was surprised Bowyer’s car was so fast with just two fresh tires.

“Clint had a good restart,” Harvick said.  “I hadn’t restarted against a car that was as good as his and just a foot from clearing him there.”

“If you’re going to lose one in the rain and give it away, you might want to give it to your teammate.”

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

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Weekly Pull List: 6/6/2018

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 #10

Ben Reilly the Scarlet Spider #19
Deadpool #1
Star Wars #49

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Truex Wins at the Tricky Triangle

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Martin Truex Jr. won the Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Truex had a strong car and ran up front for most of the day.  After winning Stage 1, a pit road miscue forced him to restart in the back of the pack.
Bryan Nicodemus

Truex was able to work his way through the field throughout the second segment, and took the lead away from Kevin Harvick in the final segment.

After staying out on a late pit stop, Truex took the lead and had to hold off Harvick, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch over multiple late-race restarts.

Truex’s crew chief Cole Pearn said there was some concern when most of the field pitted under the late caution.

“When only four of us stayed out, it was a little bit more of a concern at that point,” Pearn said.  “In practice we were able to re-fire really well on older tires…that kind of gave us some optimism at least.”

11 of the first 14 races this season have been won by Truex, Busch and Harvick, and Truex said he was excited to beat the best drivers for the victory at Pocono.

“It’s always fun to win, but especially when you beat the best guys out there,” Truex said.  “Once we got in clean air, this thing was a rocket ship.”

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

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Weekly Pull List: 5/30/2018

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

Saga #52

Amazing Spider-Man #800
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #19
Punisher #225
Spider-Gwen #32
Star Wars Lando Double or Nothing #1
You Are Deadpool #5

Busch Dominates Coca-Cola 600

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Busch dominated the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night to pick up his fourth win of the season.
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Busch started on the pole and led 377 of 400 laps.  After dreaming of winning one of NASCAR’s crown jewel events, Busch said he was happy to finally get to victory lane.

“I’ve dreamt of this race since I was a kid,” Busch said.  “I don’t think there’s anything that can top Homestead…but this one’s very special.”

The win was Busch’s first victory at Charlotte, and Busch is now the only driver in NASCAR history to have won at every track he’s run.  Busch said it was a testament to how strong his team has been over the years.

“Adam Stevens and all my guys are just phenomenal to work with and it’s so much fun right now,” Busch said.  “The first one to check off all the track and get it all done.”

Martin Truex Jr. overcame two penalties on pit road on Sunday, but he couldn’t catch Busch in the closing laps.  Truex said he didn’t think he could have run down Busch at the end of the race.

“That last run we made quite a bit on Kyle, but I just feel like he was just taking care of it,” Truex said.  “Those last 20-30 laps of a run he could just check out.”

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

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Weekly Pull List: 5/23/2018

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

Spider-Man Deadpool #33
Star Wars #48
Star Wars Annual #4
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #20
You Are Deadpool #4

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Harvick Wins Monster Energy All-Star Race

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the Monster Energy All-Star Race on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway to win the $1 Million prize.

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Harvick was fast throughout the night, and led 36 of the 93 laps run.  But after getting caught back in traffic early in the race, Harvick said his car struggled to regain the speed he had when the green flag dropped.

“We got a little behind on the first pit stop, and traffic wasn’t our friend,” Harvick said.  “I was not very good on the bottom; I would push and slide.  In a straight line, this thing was a rocket.”

NASCAR implemented a new rules package for the All-Star Race that slowed the cars down and promoted more side-by-side racing.  Restrictor plates, normally seen at the much larger Daytona and Talladega, bunched the field up into a pack and created more drafting.

Harvick said his team has run well on the restrictor plate tracks leading into this non-points event.
“These guys…put a lot of effort into a lot of restrictor plate racing,” Harvick said.  “Our car was super fast…this is just unbelievable.”

Daniel Suarez transferred into the All-Star Race after winning the second segment of the Monster Energy Open, the last-chance race for all those not already qualified for the main race.  Once in the main event, Suarez drove to the front with a fast car.

Suarez said his car was slow to get going, which hurt him on the final restart.

“I feel like we had a car actually capable to win the race,” Suarez said.  “For whatever reason, on restarts my car was taking one lap to go.”

“It hurts to be close and not get it.”

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

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