Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekly Pull List: 8/31/2016

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

BOOM! Studios
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #6

Saga #37

Amazing Spider-Man #17
Astonishing Ant-Man #11
Carnage #11
Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5
Deadpool V Gambit #4
Guardians of the Galaxy #11
Howard the Duck #10
Nova #10
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #8
Spider-Gwen #11
Spider-Man #7
Spider-Man 2099 #14
Star Wars: Han Solo #3

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Larson Picks Up First Career Victory at Michigan, Clinches Chase Spot

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kyle Larson won his first career Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway.

Larson’s first victory helped him clinch a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.  Larson said he thought his chances to make it were over after a last-lap crash at Watkins Glen.

“After AJ [Allmendinger] got into us, I thought we were done at Watkins Glen,” Larson said.

Larson and Chase Elliott were the class of the field over the final half of the race, and it came down to the final restart.  Both Larson and Elliott spun their tires, but Larson was able to get ahead and cruise to victory.

“We both spun our tires really bad, and the 2 [of Brad Keselowski] pushed me really good,” Larson said.  “He probably could have gone underneath me, but he stayed with me and got me to the lead.”

Elliott finished second at Michigan for the second time this season, and he said his mistake on the restart was too much to overcome.

“I had two opportunities to get out front there and take control of the race, but I let Kyle get a better start on me and I spun the tires,” Elliott said.  “Just made another mistake…and didn’t do my job right.”

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weekly Pull List: 8/24/2016

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 2016 Annual #1

Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #4

Chew #57
Invincible #130

Captain Marvel #8
Civil War II: Ulysses #1
Deadpool #17
Drax #10
Extraordinary X-Men #13
International Iron Man #6
Star Wars #22
Venom Space Knight #11

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Harvick Wins Wet Bristol "Night" Race

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kevin Harvick won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

The race was postponed until Sunday afternoon following a rain storm that soaked the track on Saturday night.  Rain again caused the race to start later than expected on Sunday, and it was pushed back three hours.  
Rainier Ehrhardt (Getty Images)
When the race finally restarted on Sunday, Harvick showed that he had a dominant car.  After qualifying 24th, Harvick worked his way through the field, and led 128 laps on his way to victory.

Harvick said he and his team knew the win was coming.

“We knew we had the performance we needed to have in these cars pretty much every week,” Harvick said.  “To have the win now and to get the momentum before we get into the Chase, and to get things rolling, is really what we needed.”

Following the race, Harvick did a double-burnout with his team owner Tony Stewart, who is retiring at the end of the year.  Harvick said he originally wanted Stewart to get into his car and ride around the track to salute the fans.

“I wanted him to go on a victory lap with me and say goodbye to all the fans one last time here at Bristol,” Harvick said.  “That was pretty cool, doing double-burnouts with him.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second to Harvick, and was strong over the final run of the race.  Stenhouse said he wanted to get to victory lane to celebrate his friend Bryan Clauson, who passed away in a Sprint Car accident two weeks ago.

“Starting sixth on that last restart with [Harvick] starting on the front row was tough, and I knew we were going to have to hit everything perfect,” Stenhouse said.  “I remembered we had Bryan Clauson’s tribute car here and his favorite helmet, and I just dug deep…to make our Fastenal Ford a lot better.”

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

Jeff Curry (Getty Images)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Weekly Pull List: 8/17/2016

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 #11

Civil War II: Spider-Man #3
Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4
Civil War II: X-Men #3
Daredevil Punisher #4
Gwenpool #5
Power Man and Iron Fist #7
Spider-Woman #10
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #5
Web Warriors #10

Monday, August 8, 2016

Weekly Pull List: 8/20/2016

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

Accused #1
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #8
All-New X-Men #12
Amazing Spider-Man #16
Daredevil #10
Darth Vader #24
Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #2
Spider-Man 2099 #13
Spider-Man Deadpool #8
Vision #10

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Denny Hamlin Picks Up First Road Course Win

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Denny Hamlin won the Cheez-It 355 from Watkins Glen International on Sunday afternoon.

Hamlin picked up his first career road course victory on Sunday, which he said has bothered him the past few years.

Sean Gardner (Getty Images)
“I’ve finally won at all the tracks, so it’s a great accomplishment for us,” Hamlin said.  “We should have won both road courses, which is something I’d never have predicted going into the year.”

Hamlin used fuel strategy to get the victory, stretching his fuel 40 laps.  Hamlin said his team looked at past Watkins Glen races for their strategy.

“I feel like these races tend to trend with a lot of cautions right at the end, and we got the caution laps we needed to get to the end on fuel.”

Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski got together in the final corner while fighting for the lead, and Truex hit the wall.  After the race, Truex showed his frustration by door-slamming Keselowski.  Keselowski said the wreck was an accident.

“Obviously it’s my fault, I never mean to run into the back of somebody,” Keselowski said.  “At the last minute, he came back up and I was already committed.  That’s my fault.”

After the race, Keselowski apologized to Truex on pit road.  Truex said he wanted to let Keselowski know he was frustrated.

“I told him I knew it was his fault, simple as that,” Truex said.  “I just wanted him to know that I wasn’t happy after the race.  As far as the rest of it, it’s no big deal…just hard racing.”

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

Jonathan Ferrey (Getty Images)