Sunday, June 25, 2017

Harvick Wins at Sonoma

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the Toyota/Save-Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Harvick led 24 of 110 laps, but he had to save some fuel over the final run to make it to victory lane.  Harvick thanked his team in victory lane for using a successful strategy to get their first win of the season.
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“Just really proud of everybody, they had a great strategy,” Harvick said.  “We were able to make it happen.”

Harvick won his first race with Ford on Sunday, after an offseason manufacturer switch for Stewart-Haas Racing saw them switch from Chevrolet to Ford.  Harvick said he’s happy to finally see his team’s hard work pay off with a victory.

“I want to thank everyone from…Stewart-Haas Racing for everything that they’ve done,” Harvick said.  “It’s been a lot of work…and it’s paying off.  We’ve been competitive, we just haven’t gotten to victory lane.”

“We’ve had a couple opportunities to get there, we just came up a little bit short.”

Harvick’s teammate Clint Bowyer finished second on Sunday after an eventful race.  His car, held together with duct tape, looked like it had no business running up front.  Bowyer said he and his team kept working through adversity at a track where he normally runs well.

“I tore the hell out of it, there’s no way around it,” Bowyer said.  “That’s road racing; you’ve got to keep digging no matter what.  You’re not down and out until you’re out.”

“To get a finish like that, you just can’t give up.  Things turned around there on that long run; that’s always my strong suit here.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Clint Bowyer
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Kyle Busch
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Kurt Busch
8. Chase Elliott
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Jamie McMurray
11. Paul Menard
12. Joey Logano
13. Jimmie Johnson
14. Michael McDowell
15. Ryan Newman
16. Daniel Suarez
17. Danica Patrick
18. Austin Dillon
19. Chris Buescher
20. Matt Kenseth
21. Cole Whitt
22. Billy Johnson
23. Matt DiBenedetto
24. Kasey Kahne
25. Erik Jones
26. Kyle Larson
27. Trevor Bayne
28. Ty Dillon
29. Boris Said
30. Landon Cassill
31. David Ragan
32. Alon Day
33. Kevin O’Connell
34. Tommy Regan
35. AJ Allmendinger
36. Josh Bilicki
37. Martin Truex Jr.
38. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kyle Larson Wins at Michigan

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Larson won the FireKeepers Casino 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon for his second-consecutive victory at the track.

Larson started on the pole, and led 96 of the 200 laps on Sunday.  Larson had to beat Kyle Busch on a late restart to take the lead, and then had to hold off other top drivers to get to victory lane. 
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Larson got a push from Ryan Blaney to take the lead, and he said he was able to use that to get to victory lane.

“Ryan Blaney gave me a heck of a push, so I really got to thank him a ton,” Larson said.  “To withstand a few restarts over some tough competitors was really important.  I knew the Penske cars took off good, so I was happy to see [Blaney] behind me.”

Larson picked up his second victory of the year on Sunday, but he said he and his team still need to work on closing out races.

“We’ve been so close to so many other wins…we’ve had six second-place finishes,” Larson said.  “Could have 30 more bonus points, but good season all-in-all.  We’ll continue to keep building on what we’ve got.”

Chase Elliott finished second on Sunday, and he came close to becoming the fourth driver to pick up their first career victory in 2017.  Elliott said he was happy with his third-career runner-up finish at Michigan after a rough start to the weekend.

“From where we started the day to where we ended up, I’m just really proud of our efforts,” Elliott said.  “I really think we overachieved today with what we had Friday and Saturday.”

“We put ourselves in position to rely on some late-race restarts…had a couple opportunities to get the lead and unfortunately it just didn’t work out.”

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

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 6/14/2017

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

Back to the Future #20

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #8
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #3
Deadpool #32
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #17
Secret Empire #4
Secret Empire United #1
Star Wars #32
Thanos #8
Venom #151

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blaney Picks Up First Victory at Pocono

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Ryan Blaney won his first career race on Sunday afternoon in the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway.

Blaney took the lead from Kyle Busch in the final 10 laps, and he had to hold off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps to get to victory lane.
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Blaney said he was excited to beat two of the best to get to victory lane.

“First we had to pass Kyle, and that was tough,” Blaney said.  “He was on older tires…and we were able to get up under him.  Then we had to hold Kevin off; he was really fast all day.  I want to thank him for racing me really clean.”

Blaney, in his second full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, said he was excited to finally return Wood Brothers Racing to victory lane.

“We got Motorcraft and Ford back into victory lane, Wood Brothers’ 99th win…that was just a lot of fun,” Blaney said.  “We locked ourselves into the Chase; that was awesome.”

Harvick said his car just wasn’t able to drive through the corner as good as Blaney’s.

“I think there at the end we just couldn’t get in the corner like we needed to all day,” Harvick said.  “He could charge the corner, so I needed for him to make a mistake.”

“Never made a mistake, and did a great job.  Ended up winning the race.”

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

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 6/7/2017

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

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3
Amazing Spider-Man #28
Daredevil #21
Iceman #1
Nova #7
Secret Empire Brave New World #1
Spider-Man #17
Spider-Man Deadpool #18
Star Wars Darth Vader #1
Star Wars Rogue One Adaptation #3

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Johnson Makes History With Dover Victory

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Jimmie Johnson picked up his 11th victory at Dover International Speedway in the AAA Drive for Autism 400 on Sunday afternoon.

The race was dominated by two drivers; Kyle Larson led the most laps and Martin Truex Jr. won both stages.  Johnson had to work his way through the field after he was forced to start the race from the back of the pack, but he had worked his way up to the top 10 by the end of the first segment.
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Johnson passed Larson for the lead on the final restart, and the race ended when Ty Dillon made contact with Ryan Newman to start a big wreck coming out of turn 2.  Johnson was able to pass the overtime line entering turn 3 before the caution came out, and the race finished under yellow.

Johnson picked up his 83rd career victory, which tied him with NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough.  Johnson said he was excited to win while driving with a Yarborough-inspired helmet.

“I was a big Cale Yarborough fan,” Johnson said.  “To tie him at 83 wins…we just got the tribute helmet.  I wasn’t sure how quickly we’d get it done.”

Larson controlled the final restart as the leader, but he said Johnson did a better job at executing with the race on the line.

“He did what he had to do to get a fast launch like he did,” Larson said.  “He just took off better than I did.”

“He’s a seven-time champion for a reason…and he’s really good at executing.  I just got to get better at that.”

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

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/31/2017

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 2017 Annual #1

Back to the Future Biff to the Future #5
D4VEocracy #4

Saga #43
Sex Criminals #19

Cable #1
Deadpool #31
Deadpool Vs. The Punisher #4
Gamora #5
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #16
Secret Empire #3
Secret Empire Uprising #1
Spider-Gwen #20
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #7
Thanos #7

Monday, May 29, 2017

Austin Dillon Takes the 3 Back to Victory Lane in the Coca-Cola 600

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Austin Dillon won his first career race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600.

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Dillon ran in the top 10 most of the night, but he needed to use fuel mileage to get to victory lane.  Dillon stayed out when most of the leaders pitted, and when Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel coming to the white flag, Dillon took advantage.

“I was just trying to be patient with the 48 [of Johnson], I could see him up there saving,” Dillon said.  “I thought I had saved enough early that I could attack at the end, but I was trying to wait as long as possible.”

Dillon said winning at his home track made his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory more special.

“Never thought I’d be here in Coke 600 victory lane,” Dillon said.  “It’s hasn’t sunk in, I can’t believe it.”

Dillon, who drives for his grandfather Richard Childress, said it was special to take the No. 3 car back to victory lane.

“My pit crew’s the best on pit road; I love it for them.  Got to thank my grandfather, he’s put a lot into me.  I complain a lot, but they got me to victory lane tonight.”

Martin Truex Jr. led a race-high 233 laps, but he came up short and finished third.  Truex said his car lost the handling over the final run as he chased down the cars who gambled on fuel.

“Fuel mileage didn’t play out our way,” Truex said.  “We were a little loose that last run as well, but I think we would might have been able to have caught him on the last lap.”

“Last three years, that’s two of them we’ve lost on fuel mileage, so that kind of stinks.  But big-picture-wise, it was a good night.”

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

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/24/2017

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

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #2
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #4
I Am Groot #1
Jean Grey #2
Star-Lord Annual #1
Venom #150

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kyle Busch Wins Monster Energy All-Star Race

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
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Busch won at Charlotte for the first time in a Cup Series car, and it was his first trip to victory lane in 2017.  Busch said the victory helped his team achieve their goal of winning at NASCAR’s home track.

“We won the All-Star Race; we won a million bucks,” Busch said.  “We’ve never won at Charlotte in a Cup car, and we finally achieved that goal tonight.  It’s a reason to celebrate and to celebrate big.”

The All-Star Race is NASCAR’s second non-points event during the season.  The race instead pays $1 million to the winner, and Busch said he knew where some of that money would go.

“My wife’s…a huge advocate for IVF,” Busch said.  “The things that we do and the charitable things that we do with the Kyle Busch Foundation…it certainly goes a long way.”

Kyle Larson led every lap in the first two segments of the race, but he was caught in traffic on the final restart following a slow pit stop.  Larson said if the final run had been longer, he may have been able to run down Busch.

“We had the best car out there for sure, and even in traffic I thought I was really good,” Larson said.  “I would have needed another 20 lap run instead of a 10.”

“Sometimes it works out for you and sometimes it doesn’t.  We had a really fast car today, and go on to the 600…and try to win that one.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Kyle Larson
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Kurt Busch
5. Jamie McMurray
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Chase Elliott
8. Joey Logano
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Denny Hamlin
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. Clint Bowyer
14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Kasey Kahne
17. Chris Buescher
18. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
19. Ryan Newman
20. Matt Kenseth

Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/17/2017

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 #15

Justice League Power Rangers #4

Deadpool Vs Punisher #3
Generation X #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #3
Secret Empire #2
Star Wars #31
Star Wars Poe Dameron #15

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Truex Wins at Kansas

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Martin Truex Jr. won the 400 from Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.

Truex led a race-high 104 laps on Saturday, but he did not have the most dominant car at the end of the race.  Truex had to run down Ryan Blaney over the final 60 laps, and he was able to hold off the field over the final two restarts.

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Truex said he needed to keep the lead over the final restarts or he wouldn’t have had enough time to get to victory lane.

“I felt like if I could get out front on those restarts I’d be fine,” Truex said.  “If I came out second or third after a lap or two, it took us awhile to get good enough to pass those guys.”

Truex made a daring move on one of the final restarts to split the lead cars, and he said he was worried something would go wrong over the final laps.

“Any of those restarts we could have gotten beat on, something could have happened,” Truex said.  “There’s no guarantee that you can make it happen, but we did.”

Blaney had a dominant car throughout the middle of the race, winning segment two.  Blaney’s car was good over the short run, but he was run down by Truex over the long run late in the race.  Blaney said he was disappointed with his fourth-place finish.

“We weren’t very good long run; we had a great short run car,” Blaney said.  “Thought, at worst, we should have finished second, but I think it says a lot for this team to go out and…get back on track.”

The race was red-flagged with 70 laps to go after a scary wreck involving Joey Logano, Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola.  Logano and Patrick got together, and Almirola slammed into them while they spun on the track.  Almirola was alert after the accident, but he had to be cut from his car by track workers.  Almirola was air lifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center for further observation.

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

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/10/2017

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

Back to the Future #19

Amazing Spider-Man #27
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #7
Deadpool #30
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #2
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #15
Rocket #1
Star Wars The Screaming Citadel #1

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Stenhouse Wins at Talladega for First Career Victory

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon.

Stenhouse picked up his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory on Sunday, and the first for Roush-Fenway Racing in 101 races.  Stenhouse said he was happy to take Jack Roush back to victory lane.
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“It’s cool to have Jack Roush back in victory lane,” Stenhouse said.  “We’ve been terrible for a long time; this year every race we’re getting better and better.  Just glad to see Jack smiling here in victory lane; he’s been wanting this for a long time.”

After a late accident, the race went into overtime.  Stenhouse was able to pass Kyle Busch on the final lap to get to victory lane.

Stenhouse said the victory was the culmination of a weekend where he had one of the fastest cars.

“This car was so fast today,” Stenhouse said.  “Qualifying on the pole…it’s been a long time since we started on the pole.  We knew Talladega was a good race track for us; it’s been a good one in the past.”

Busch led 48 laps on Sunday, but he came up just short of the victory and finished third.  Busch said he was a victim of the racing at Talladega.

“Stenhouse got a really good run and really good push…I just didn’t get enough help from behind,” Busch said.  “We did all we could here today, it’s all circumstantial to win these things.”

Jamie McMurray finished second on Sunday, but he had a shot to win late in the race.  On the final lap, McMurray split Jimmie Johnson and Busch to work his way to the front, but he ran out of time before he could reach Stenhouse.

McMurray said he thought he would get a bigger run on Stenhouse coming to the checkered flag.
“I thought [Stenhouse] was going to pull out a little further than he did,” McMurray said.  “It’s so circumstantial with who gets behind you and who doesn’t.”

“This has been a really good track for me, and I haven’t been able to finish here for the last couple years.”

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

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