Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Pull List: 8/26/2015

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

Dark Horse
Fight Club 2 #4

Flash #43
Gotham by Midnight #8
Grayson #11
Harley Quinn #19

Godzilla in Hell #2

Ant-Man Last Days #1
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #3
Civil War #3
Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #4
E is for Extinction #3
Lando #3
M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #4
Magneto #21
Marvel Zombies #3
Old Man Logan #4
Spider-Woman #10

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #3

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Joey Logano Wins the Irwin Tools Night Race

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Joey Logano won the Irwin Tools Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Logano held off Kevin Harvick over the closing laps, and Logano said the victory was a credit to his team and their hard work.

Photo courtesy Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
“We focused on what we needed in practice and got the reward in the race,” Logano said.  “It was just all about working the lapped traffic at the end…it was a very exciting last 20, 30 laps for sure.”

Logano was able to pick up his second-straight victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race, and he said his team made his car handle well at the right time.

“You’ve got to have a car that can move around, especially when you’re lapping cars,” Logano said.  “The last few races here, [crew chief Todd Gordon]’s definitely given me the car I needed to make the moves.”

Harvick followed Logano over the final 30 laps, but could never get beside him to make a pass.  Harvick said it was Logano’s ability to get around lapped traffic that got him to victory lane.

“I couldn’t get my car to rotate across the center like I needed it to,” Harvick said.  “[Logano] was able to get those huge runs up off the exit of the corner and just stayed one step ahead of me through traffic.”

“In clean air we probably were a little faster, but…I had to be in front of him to show that.  He was just one step ahead of me in traffic.”

Unofficial results:

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

Photo courtesy Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekly Pull List: 8/19/2015

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

Harley Quinn and Power Girl #3

Invincible #122

Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies #3
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4
Armor Wars #4
George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act Three #4
Guardians of Knowhere #3
Guardians Team-Up #10
House of M #1
Howard the Human #1
Inferno #4
Loki Agent of Asgard #17
Secret Wars Journal #4
Silk #6
Spider-Verse #4
Star Wars #8
Weirdworld #3
X-Tinction Agenda #3

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #2

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Matt Kenseth Dominates in Michigan

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Matt Kenseth won the Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Kenseth dominated the race, leading a race-high 146 laps after starting on the pole.  He had to fend off Kevin Harvick on a late restart with 13 laps to go, but he was able to keep the lead and pick up the victory.  Kenseth said his teammate Denny Hamlin helped Kenseth overtake Harvick on the final restart.

“Denny did a spectacular job pushing me first from the restart zone to about turn two,” Kenseth said.  “It was like a superspeedway race and it was whoever got locked up.”

Photo courtesy Nick Laham/Getty Images
With 50 laps to go, Kenseth held off a hard-charging Austin Dillon for the lead.  Kenseth said that battle was the hardest of the day.

“We went back and forth a few times and made some contact up there and it was hard to get away from him.  My car took about five laps to get going and once it got going it was pretty stout.”

Joe Gibbs Racing has now won five of the last six races, but Kenseth said it was still too early to pick Chase favorites with three races until the cutoff.

“You have 16 teams [in the Chase] that are capable of winning races on a weekly basis, as well as championships.  The guys gave us…rockets the last couple months and we’re going to work hard to keep it rolling.”

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

Photo courtesy Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Weekly Pull List: 8/12/2015

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

Batman #43
Green Arrow #43

The Walking Dead #145

Amazing Spider-Man #20.1
Ghost Racers #3
Howard the Duck #5
Inhumans Attilan Rising #4
Korvac Saga #3
Lando #2
Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #3
Planet Hulk #4
Secret Wars #5
Secret Wars 2099 #4
Secret Wars Battleworld #4
Star Lord and Kitty Pryde #2
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8
Years of Future Past #4

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #15
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #14

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Joey Logano Wins at Watkins Glen

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Joey Logano won the Cheez-It 355 from Watkins-Glen International following a last-lap pass on Sunday afternoon. 

Logano passed Kevin Harvick in the final corners after he ran out of gas coming to take the checkered flag.  Logano said he was unsure whether he could get by Harvick on the final lap.

Photo courtesy Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
“I felt pretty sure the 4 [of Harvick] was going to run out, but it got to the last lap and I’m like ‘shoot he’s not running out,’” Logano said.  “Right at the end I was able to get by him.”

Logano picked up the sweep of the weekend following his Xfinity Series victory on Saturday, and it comes a week after he ran out of gas while leading at Pocono.

“First time I swept the weekend, we never thought it’d happen at a road course,” Logano said.  “Makes up for last week; we lost the race this way and now we won one this way.”

Harvick was two corners away from the victory when he ran out of gas, but he was still able to finish third.  Harvick said his team has had fast cars and that they’re looking forward to the Chase.

“I thought I’d done a pretty good job of saving fuel under the caution and really I was just running as fast as I needed to protect the lead,” Harvick said.  “That’s just kind of how this middle of the season has gone.  We’ve had really fast cars but the circumstances have just gotten the best of us.”

After running out a lap from the finish at Pocono, Kyle Busch was able to finish second at Watkins Glen.  Busch is now 30th in points, which grants him a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup following his four victories since his return in May.

“We definitely didn’t want to run out again; we wanted to make sure we could make it to the end,” Busch said.  “We knew we would be [top 30 in points], it was just a matter of time.  That was probably another reason we didn’t need to run out of gas and have an issue here today.”

Unofficial results:

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

Photo courtesy Daniel Shirey/Getty Images