Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kyle Busch Returns to Victory Lane

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kyle Busch won the Toyota-Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway on Sunday.

Photo courtesy Jonathan Moore/Getty Images
Busch picked up his first victory of the season on Sunday.  Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with an ankle injury after crashing in the first Xfinity Series race in February.

“This is awesome,” Busch said.  “I can’t say enough about my team…everyone that got me back in shape and got me back ready to go.”

Busch’s victory makes him eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he still has to make the top 30 in driver points.  Busch left Sonoma 37th in points, still needing an average finish of 13th or better over the remaining 10 races before the Chase cutoff.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us, we knew we did in the beginning,” Busch said.  “It’s unfortunate that we had a couple crashes and I hate it for my guys…they don’t deserve to be in that spot.”

Many in the NASCAR community were worried that Sonoma’s twists and turns, which require substantial braking, would aggravate Busch’s foot injury.  Busch said there was nothing to worry about.

“My foot hurts a little bit, but not as bad as I expected it to,” Busch said.  “It actually hurt worse in practice, I think I warmed it up all day Friday.”

Unofficial results:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kurt Busch
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Joey Logano
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8. Kasey Kahne
9. Ryan Newman
10. Sam Hornish Jr.
11. Jamie McMurray
12. Tony Stewart
13. Paul Menard
14. Aric Almirola
15. Kyle Larson
16. Jeff Gordon
17. Austin Dillon
18. Denny Hamlin
19. Brad Keselowski
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
21. Matt Kenseth
22. Cole Whitt
23. Trevor Bayne
24. Danica Patrick
25. Alex Kennedy
26. Boris Said
27. Greg Biffle
28. Josh Wise
29. Matt DiBenedetto
30. Justin Marks
31. Alex Bowman
32. Jeb Burton
33. Michael Annett
34. Michael McDowell
35. Justin Allgaier
36. Landon Cassill
37. AJ Allmendinger
38. Casey Mears
39. David Ragan
40. Carl Edwards
41. J.J. Yeley
42. Martin Truex Jr.
43. David Gilliland

Photo courtesy Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weekly Pull List: 6/24/2015

All the comics available this week can be found on Comixology, and any breaking comics news is on Comic Book Resources.

Dark Horse
Fight Club 2 #2

Sex #22
The Walking Dead #143

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #12

Flash #41
Gotham by Midnight #6
Grayson #9

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1
Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1
Daredevil #16
E is for Extinction #1
Howard the Duck #4
Infinity Gauntlet #2
Korvac Saga #1
Loki: Agent of Asgard #15
M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #2
Planet Hulk #2
The Punisher #19

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Weekly Pull List: 6/17/2015

All the comics available this week can be found on Comixology, and any breaking comics news is on Comic Book Resources.

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #13
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #2

Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1
Robin: Son of Batman #1

Armor Wars #2
Darth Vader Director's Cut #1
Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #2
George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act Three #3
Magneto #19
Moon Knight #16
Old Man Logan #2
Squadron Sinister #1
Star Wars Director's Cut #1

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kurt Busch Wins Wet Race at Michigan

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kurt Busch won the rain-shortened Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Busch won a race that was delayed four times for rain during the shortened event.  Busch said the win was a testament to his team’s chemistry.
Photo courtesy Robert Laberge/Getty Images
“It’s amazing when you have team chemistry at the level that we do,” Busch said.  “[Crew chief] Tony Gibson led these guys through a backup car and the pit crew was there giving their best.”

Busch was running second for a late-race restart, but leader Kyle Larson ran out of gas just three laps before the rain came for the final time.  Busch took the lead on lap 132 and never looked back on the way to his second victory of 2015.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling knowing what we went through, paced ourselves and found the lead towards the latter part of the race; and then the rain came in,” Busch said.  “Tony Gibson makes these guys work a little extra hard.  I always say thanks, I’m always there early with them, and it’s a great team chemistry feel.”

Unofficial results:

1. Kurt Busch
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Joey Logano
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Paul Menard
9. Trevor Bayne
10. Clint Bowyer
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Carl Edwards
13. Casey Mears
14. Ty Dillon
15. Kasey Kahne
16. Danica Patrick
17. Kyle Larson
18. Ryan Newman
19. Jimmie Johnson
20. Austin Dillon
21. Jeff Gordon
22. Aric Almirola
23. AJ Allmendinger
24. Ryan Blaney
25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
26. Sam Hornish Jr.
27. Justin Allgaier
28. Tony Stewart
29. Kevin Harvick
30. Michael Annett
31. Landon Cassill
32. Cole Whitt
33. Brett Moffitt
34. Josh Wise
35. David Ragan
36. Greg Biffle
37. Jeb Burton
38. J.J. Yeley
39. Matt DiBenedetto
40. Mike Bliss
41. Alex Bowman
42. David Gilliland
43. Kyle Busch

Photo courtesy Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Weekly Pull List 6/10/2015

All the comics available this week can be found on Comixology, and any breaking comics news is on Comic Book Resources.

Saga #29
The Walking Dead #142

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1.2

Batman #41
Detective Comics #41
Gotham Academy #7
Harley Quinn #17

1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1
Ghost Racers #1
Inferno #2
Inhumans: Attilan Rising #2
Marvel Zombies #1
Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1
Secret Wars 2099 #2
Secret Wars Journal #2
Silk #5
Silver Surfer #12
Spider-Gwen #5
Spider-Verse #2
Ultimate End #2
Weirdworld #1

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Martin Truex Jr. Returns to Victory Lane in Pocono

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Martin Truex Jr. won the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 from Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Photo courtesy Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Truex returned to victory lane for the first time since a win at Sonoma on June 23, 2013.

“It feels unbelievable,” Truex said in victory lane.

The victory was the culmination of an early season of strong runs, including a stretch over the last four races where he led over 450 laps.  The win locked Truex into the Chase for the Sprint Cup after running second in points for most of the season.  Truex said it was a testament to the determination of his team.

“I can’t thank all these guys enough on the Furniture Row Chevrolet, what a great group of guys.  I knew we were going to get one…I knew we had the team, I knew we had what it took.  Just had to get things to play out the way we needed them to.”

Truex’s return to victory lane is made even more special by the personal and professional struggles he has gone through the past two years.  Truex left Michael Waltrip Racing following the 2013 season after a Chase scandal caused NAPA to pull sponsorship, and last year his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex was diagnosed with cancer.

“I feel like I’m on cloud 9 right now, just awesome.  Last year and a half’s been tough, but this feels pretty dang good.”

The win was a popular one in the garage, with many drivers offering Truex praise on pit road following the race, and some heading to victory lane to congratulate Truex on his win.

“I’m really happy for Martin, I know he went through a lot,” runner-up Kevin Harvick said after the race.  “If you’re going to lose to somebody today, that’s a great person to lose to.”

Unofficial results:

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Joey Logano
5. Kurt Busch
6. Matt Kenseth
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Kyle Larson
9. Kyle Busch
10. Denny Hamlin
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
12. Greg Biffle
13. Kasey Kahne
14. Jeff Gordon
15. Carl Edwards
16. Casey Mears
17. Brad Keselowski
18. Ty Dillon
19. Austin Dillon
20. Justin Allgaier
21. Tony Stewart
22. Clint Bowyer
23. David Ragan
24. Trevor Bayne
25. Landon Cassill
26. Alex Bowman
27. David Gilliland
28. Cole Whitt
29. Josh Wise
30. Brett Moffitt
31. Paul Menard
32. Matt DiBenedetto
33. Jeb Burton
34. Michael Annett
35. Travis Kvapil
36. J.J. Yeley
37. Danica Patrick
38. AJ Allmendinger
39. Ryan Newman
40. Brendan Gaughan
41. Sam Hornish Jr.
42. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
43. Aric Almirola

Photo courtesy Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images