Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/15/2017

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

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #791
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #10
Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan #2
Guardians of the Galaxy #147
Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #297
Punisher #218
Spider-Men II #4
Star Wars Darth Vader #8
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #14

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kenseth Wins at Phoenix, Keselowski Clinches Final Playoff Spot

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Matt Kenseth won the Can-Am 500 from Phoenix Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Kenseth chased down Chase Elliott in the closing laps, and he was able to get around the young driver to pick up his 39th career victory.

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Kenseth, who is stepping away from the sport following next weekend’s season finale, said he was glad he could go out with a victory.

“I wasn’t sure I was quite ready for this to move on…it’s been an incredible journey,” Kenseth said.  “There’s no way you could write it any better than this…what a storybook ending.”

Needing a victory, Elliott raced hard to get to the front of the field to get into the final round of the playoffs.  With Kenseth’s victory, Elliott was eliminated from playoff contention.

After finishing second on Sunday, Elliott said he was disappointed to miss the championship round of the playoffs by one spot.

“We fought really hard today, and gave ourselves a chance,” Elliott said.  “I was telling my guys that I’ll get it right sometime.  We’ve had so many good opportunities, we’ve just got to close.”

Elliott made contact with Denny Hamlin on his way to the front, and the contact caused Hamlin to cut a tire and hit the wall.  The wreck ended Hamlin’s championship hopes, and it was the second time in this round that the two drivers got together.

Hamlin wrecked Elliott while the two raced for the win at Martinsville two weeks ago, and Elliott said he raced Hamlin the same way Hamlin chose to race him at Martinsville.

“I’m going to race guys how they race me and keep a smile on my face regardless,” Elliott said.  “Happy to race guys how they choose to race me…that’s the way I see it.”

Elliott’s runner-up finish allowed Brad Keselowski to make the final round of the playoffs as the final driver to the round of four. 

Keselowski said he hopes to go to Homestead with a fast enough car to compete with the dominant Toyotas of Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

“I don’t know if we’re the favorite by any means, but we’re going to go there and give it our best,” Keselowski said.  “It’s a tough competition, but to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

“Hopefully we can be as fast as we were at Texas, maybe a little bit more, and we’ll have a shot at it.”

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

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/8/2017

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

Marvel
Despicable Deadpool #289
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #22
Spider-Man Deadpool #23
Star Wars #38
Venom #157

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Harvick Wins at Texas, Will Race for Championship at Homestead

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday to lock himself into the championship round of the playoffs.

Martin Truex Jr. had a dominant car throughout the day, but Harvick was able to chase down the 78 to pick up the victory in the closing laps.
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Harvick said he was happy to finally win at Texas.

“It’s been a long time coming…I’m happy to finally get to victory lane here,” Harvick said.  “I knew we had a really good car…to be able to beat the 78 today, for us, is quite an accomplishment.”

Harvick’s victory locked him into the final round of the playoffs, and he said his team has what it takes to win their second championship in two weeks at Homestead.

“Our cars have improved so much since the playoffs have started,” Harvick said.  “To be here in November winning at Texas for the first time, and to have a chance to go to Homestead and race for the championship is really a huge credit to our people.”

“It’s been a lot of work to get to where we are today.  Really proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas for the things they’ve done, and hopefully we can do it again at Homestead.”

Truex finished second on Sunday, but it was enough to lock himself into the final round of the playoffs.

Truex said he believes his team can continue to dominate and that they can win the championship at Homestead.

“It’s been an amazing season; I love this team,” Truex said.  “We’re really excited about Homestead…we had a good test down there.  I look forward to going down there and getting another win.”

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

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/1/2017

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

Marvel
Astonishing X-Men #5
Guardians of the Galaxy #146
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #6
Spider-Man #234
Star Wars Darth Vader #7

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Busch Survives Wild Finish to Win at Martinsville

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Busch won the First Data 500 from Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon to punch his ticket to the Championship finale at Homestead in three weeks.

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Throughout the final run, multiple lead drivers got together to set up for an exciting finish.  Busch was able to take the lead on the final restart, and he was able to hold off Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner as the rest of the field wrecked behind them.

Busch said his team gave him a good car for the weekend and that they were able to work on it throughout the race.

“Our guys did an awesome job preparing this car,” Busch said.  “We weren’t the best all day, but we put ourselves in the right spots there at the end with all the chaos ensuing.  None of it was our fault; we just came out on the right end of the stick.”

With the victory, Busch became the first driver to clinch a spot in the Championship round of the Playoffs at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Busch said he’s excited to not worry about points for the next two weeks.

“We can go out there and race for wins; let everyone else worry,” Busch said.  “Not give everyone else a chance to breathe and keep their heads on their shoulders going into that week at Homestead.”

In the closing laps, Denny Hamlin spun Chase Elliott racing for the lead.  The two got together on the cool-down lap and talked about their run-in.

Hamlin said the move wasn’t intentional, but that he was trying to get to Homestead to race for a championship.

“Trying to get a race win, but everybody wrecked everyone at the end; it was complete…chaos,” Hamlin said.  “He didn’t make the corner because I had his back end jacked up; I got in there too hot and I got in the back of him.”

Elliott said he wasn’t pleased with Hamlin’s explanation for the way he raced at the end.

“He said someone was pushing him, and it wasn’t two car lengths between him and the other guy,” Elliott said.  “It’s definitely 100 percent unnecessary and uncalled for.”

“My mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.  He’s not even worth my time.”

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

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 10/25/2017

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 #20

IDW
Back to the Future #24

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #790
Ben Reilly the Scarlet Spider #9
Despicable Deadpool #288
Punisher #17
Star Wars Jedi of the Republic Mace Windu #3
Thanos #12