Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weekly Pull List: 7/27/2016

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

BOOM! Studios
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Pink #2

Amazing Spider-Man #1.6
Captain Marvel #7
Carnage #10
Civil War II #4
Drax #9
Extraordinary X-Men #12
Howard the Duck #9
International Iron Man #5
Spider-Gwen #10
Venom Space Knight #10

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kyle Busch Dominates at the Brickyard

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kyle Busch dominated the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
Photo courtesy Adam Niemeyer

Busch led a record 149 laps on Sunday, and showed his dominance throughout the weekend.

“This Toyota was awesome today, it was just so fast,” Busch said.  “We just had it hooked up, this thing was on rails.”

Busch swept the NASCAR weekend for the second-straight year following a win in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.  He also became the first driver to sweep the weekend by winning both races from the pole.

“I’ve been successful at a lot of things people haven’t been able to do before,” Busch said.  “When it’s helping you win on Sundays, it’s what makes it all worthwhile running those Saturday races.”

Tony Stewart finished 11th in his final race at Indianapolis, and said this was the most relaxing race weekend at Indy he’s ever had.

“For some reason, this weekend…everybody made my schedule as open as they could so I could enjoy it, and we did,” Stewart said.  “We had a lot of fun this weekend from start to finish.”

One of the biggest stories of the weekend centered around Jeff Gordon coming out of retirement to drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 88 car.  Gordon said the car was good all day, but that he was a little rusty on restarts.

Photo courtesy Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
“I got my butt kicked on restarts today,” Gordon said.  “I needed a fill-in on restarts.  Other than that, it went pretty well.”

After the race, Stewart and Gordon ran a final lap together and saluted the fans after what is most likely their final race at their home track.

“I knew when we got the checkered, I didn’t want to come in just yet, and I wanted to run one more lap,” Stewart said.  “Before that last green run, I told my spotter to go tell his spotter that after this thing’s over, we need to go a lap around here together.”

 “What a class act he is,” Gordon said.  “It meant a lot to me that he asked me to make that last lap with him.”

“It is most likely the last time we’ll get to do that, and I couldn’t think of a better guy to spend a moment like that with,” Stewart said.

Unofficial results:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Kyle Larson
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Joey Logano
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Austin Dillon
10. Paul Menard
11. Tony Stewart
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
13. Jeff Gordon
14. Chris Buescher
15. Chase Elliott
16. Kurt Busch
17. Brad Keselowski
18. Kasey Kahne
19. Jamie McMurray
20. Landon Cassill
21. Clint Bowyer
22. Danica Patrick
23. Michael McDowell
24. Casey Mears
25. Aric Almirola
26. Regan Smith
27. Brian Scott
28. Michael Annett
29. Cole Whitt
30. Trevor Bayne
31. Ryan Newman
32. Ryan Ellis
33. Reed Sorenson
34. Patrick Carpentier
35. Carl Edwards
36. Ryan Blaney
37. David Ragan
38. AJ Allmendinger
39. Greg Biffle
40. Matt DiBenedetto

Photo courtesy Robert Laberge/Getty Images
 Special thanks to Adam Niemeyer for a photo of Kyle Busch.  For more from Adam, check out his blog here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Weekly Pull List: 7/20/2016

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

BOOM! Studios
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #5

Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #3

Chew #56

Astonishing Ant-Man #10
Darth Vader #23
Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #1
Nova #9
Spider-Man #6
Spider-Man Deadpool #7
Star Wars #21
Uncanny X-Men #10

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kenseth Wins at New Hampshire

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Matt Kenseth won the New Hampshire 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Photo courtesy Robert Laberge/Getty Images
Kenseth led 38 laps on Sunday, and had to beat Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. over the final 50 laps.  Busch and Truex led for a combined 256 laps, but Kenseth ultimately had the best car at the end.

Kenseth said the car got better as the race went on, which helped him come back from an 18th-place starting position.

“I didn’t do a very good job qualifying…luckily we had a good car to make up for it,” Kenseth said. 
“It was pretty much money all day, we just had to get there.  It was fun all day.”

Tony Stewart finished second on Sunday, and said his crew chief made all the difference.

“[Mike Bugarewicz] is doing such a great job for a rookie crew chief that’s only got half a season,” Stewart said.  “We had a much better Haas-Automation Chevrolet today than what we had yesterday.”

The biggest news of the week came on Thursday, when Hendrick Motorsports announced that Alex Bowman would replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. at New Hampshire after Earnhardt began to suffer from concussion-like symptoms.  Bowman finished 26th on Sunday following a late accident.  

If Earnhardt is unable to race next weekend at Indianapolis, Jeff Gordon will drive the No. 88 car for Hendrick Motorsports.

Unofficial results:
1. Matt Kenseth
2. Tony Stewart
3. Joey Logano
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Greg Biffle
6. Jamie McMurray
7. Ryan Newman
8. Kyle Busch
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Austin Dillon
14. Danica Patrick
15. Brad Keselowski
16. Martin Truex Jr.
17. Kyle Larson
18. Paul Menard
19. Aric Almirola
20. Carl Edwards
21. AJ Allmendinger
22. Kurt Busch
23. Trevor Bayne
24. Clint Bowyer
25. Kasey Kahne
26. Alex Bowman
27. Casey Mears
28. Landon Cassill
29. Chris Buescher
30. David Ragan
31. Matt DiBenedetto
32. Regan Smith
33. Michael Annett
34. Chase Elliott
35. Reed Sorenson
36. Eddie Macdonald
37. Ryan Ellis
38. Brian Scott
39. Michael McDowell
40. Josh Wise

Photo courtesy Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Weekly Pull List: 7/13/2016

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

Back to the Future #10

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #7
All-New X-Men #11
Civil War II #3
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #2
Daredevil #9
Deadpool #15
Guardians of the Galaxy #10
Gwenpool #4
Power Man and Iron Fist #6
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #7
Silk #10
Vision #9
Web Warriors #9

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Keselowski Stretches Fuel to Win at Kentucky

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Brad Keselowski won the Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night, stretching his fuel to last the final run.

Photo courtesy Brian Ohigashi/Getty Images
Keselowski led 75 laps on Saturday night, winning his second-straight race.  Keselowski stretched his fuel over the final run, and said his team did a good job calculating his fuel mileage.

“It became obvious that you were going to have to save fuel at the end, but I’d already used so much,” Keselowski said.  “It was a testament to our guys to have the fuel mileage we did to be able to get back what we burnt up at the beginning of the run.”

Keselowski won on a newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway, which also saw a smaller rear spoiler to reduce downforce.  Keselowski said the cars were tough to drive.

“These cars were tough to drive today,” Keselowski said.  “They were a good tough, and it was a hard-fought battle.”

“Usually these repaves are my Achilles heel.  I know it’s been a good track for us in the past, but this isn’t the same Kentucky.”

Keselowski also said that his team is just getting hot as the summer moves on.

“This is our best stretch, and we’re really proud of that.  We’ve just got to follow the course.”

Carl Edwards finished second to Keselowski.  Edwards caught and almost passed Keselowski on the final lap, but said Keselowski was perfect at the end.

“I’ve got to give credit where credit is due, Brad played that perfectly,” Edwards said.  “He baited me in there…and then he just went.”

Unofficial results:
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Carl Edwards
3. Ryan Newman
4. Kurt Busch
5. Tony Stewart
6. Greg Biffle
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Matt Kenseth
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Martin Truex Jr.
11. Trevor Bayne
12. Kyle Busch
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
14. Kasey Kahne
15. Denny Hamlin
16. Austin Dillon
17. Danica Patrick
18. Paul Menard
19. Kyle Larson
20. Aric Almirola
21. Cole Whitt
22. David Ragan
23. Clint Bowyer
24. Josh Wise
25. Ty Dillon
26. Michael Annett
27. Reed Sorenson
28. Jeffrey Earnhardt
29. Landon Cassill
30. Casey Mears
31. Chase Elliott
32. Jimmie Johnson
33. Brian Scott
34. Regan Smith
35. Ryan Blaney
36. AJ Allmendinger
37. Chris Buescher
38. Matt DiBenedetto
39. Joey Logano
40. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Photo courtesy Matt Sullivan/Getty Images