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.
Jerry Markland/Getty Images

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 GoBowling.com 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.

Sean Gardner/Getty Images
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

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

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

Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 5/3/2017

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

Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #4

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Mother Entropy #1
Jean Grey #1
Nova #6
Secret Empire #1
Slapstick #6
Spider-Gwen #19
Spider-Man #16
Spider-Man 2099 #23
Spider-Man Deadpool #17
Star Wars Poe Dameron #14

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Logano Wins at Richmond in 300th Career Start

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Joey Logano won the Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Logano took the lead on the final restart, and he pulled away from Kyle Larson over the final 20 laps.  Logano said he was able to use his car’s short-run speed to get to victory lane.
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“We had a good enough restart to get enough cushion, but [Brad Keselowski] was catching me a couple tenths a lap there,” Logano said.  “We won with a car that may not have been the winning car.”

Logano was able to win in his 300th career start, and he said he was proud of his team for their hard work in getting him to victory for the first time in 2017.

“It’s nice to finally break through to get a win,” Logano said.  “I was driving my guts out.  Coming from the back…to bring this Shell-Pennzoil Ford into victory lane, man that feels really good.”

Logano’s teammate Keselowski had one of the fastest cars of the race, but a late-race restart trapped him behind a slower car.

“That last restart, there were about five or six cars that stayed out,” Keselowski said.  “We got behind one that was really slow and didn’t really go, and we lost two or three spots before we could get going.”

Keselowski said if the final run had been a bit longer he would have been able to catch Logano for the win.

“We had a ton of long-run speed,” Keselowski said.  “We weren’t good enough to pass cars on the short run, we just had to hold serve and go on the long run.  Just kept getting all those yellows at the end and couldn’t make anything of it.”

“What we needed was ten more laps; wish this was the Richmond 410.”

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

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 4/26/2017

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

D4VEocracy #3

Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #1
Deadpool Vs. The Punisher #2
Rocket Raccoon #5
Star Wars Darth Maul #3
Thanos #6

Jimmie Johnson Wins Rain-Delayed Food City 500

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Jimmie Johnson won the rain-delayed Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday afternoon.

Photo courtesy Adam Niemeyer
Johnson took the lead late in the race, and led the final 21 laps on his way to victory lane for the second-straight race weekend.  Johnson said he was happy his car handled well late and that he didn’t have to fight anyone for the lead in the closing laps.

“I was happy to get away at the end and not have to worry about Clint [Bowyer] or anybody else behind me,” Johnson said.  “Our cars have been very capable of running up front, and it’s been nice these last two weeks to execute from the start of the race.”

Leading up to the race, Bristol Motor Speedway staff sprayed a sticky substance known as VHT on the bottom lane of the track to add grip.  The track staff wanted the track to return to the “old Bristol,” with single-file racing with drivers using their bumpers to move one another out of the way.

Johnson said the racing was fun, and that the VHT helped the bottom lane compete with the top line.

“There were so many competitive passes and so much racing going on over the course of the event,” Johnson said.  “I think the bulk of the race they did a nice job with the VHT on the bottom…second line finally came in and a very exciting race.”

Kyle Larson led a race-high 202 laps, but a speeding penalty late in the race caused him to restart in the back of the pack.  Larson was able to recover to finish sixth, but said he was disappointed he cost himself a shot at the victory.

“I knew I gave the race away there,” Larson said.  “Disappointed in myself.  I was surprised I was able to line up with an opportunity there at the end.”

“I think even if I was able to get to the lead, I don’t think I would have won because Jimmie and Clint were way faster than I was.”

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

Photo courtesy Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
Thanks to Adam Niemeyer for the photo of Jimmie Johnson on Monday.  Check out more of his work on his blog.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 4/19/2017

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 #14

Back to the Future #18

Sex Criminals #18

Deadpool #29
Punisher #11
Secret Empire #0
Silk #19
Star Wars Poe Dameron #13
Star-Lord #6
Venom #6

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 4/12/2017

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

Amazing Spider-Man #26
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #6
Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #10
Deadpool Vs. The Punisher #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #19
Gwenpool #14
Spider-Man 2099 #22
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #6

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Johnson Wins at Texas

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Jimmie Johnson won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday for his record seventh victory at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson came into the race on Sunday with only one top 10 in the first six races of the season.  Johnson said he was able to prove to his critics that he and his team weren’t worried about their slow start.
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

“Really in our wheelhouse and we were able to execute all day,” Johnson said.  “Guess I remembered how to drive and this team remembered how to do it.”

The win also came in the first race at the newly-repaved and reconfigured Texas Motor Speedway.  Johnson said the track surface was starting to come in at the end of the race.

“The way it finished now…I think we could run a race and put on a good show,” Johnson said.  “It’ll just take a little time for this track to age; nothing out of the ordinary.”

Kyle Larson had one of the fastest cars of the race, but he finished second after getting held up by Joey Logano in the closing laps.  Larson said his car was good enough to challenge Johnson for the victory.

“I wish I could have gotten by Joey a couple laps sooner, I think I could have had a shot at Jimmie,” Larson said.  “I had a better car than most…I could really stay low off of Turn 2 and could pass people in traffic.”

“Another second-place for us; extended our points lead a little.”

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

Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 4/5/2017

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

Nova #5
Slapstick #5
Spider-Man #15
Spider-Man Deadpool #16
Spider-Man Homecoming Prelude #2
Star Wars #30
X-Men Gold #1

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Keselowski Wins at Martinsville

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Brad Keselowski won the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Photo courtesy Getty Images
Keselowski had a strong car, but Kyle Busch looked to be the class of the field most of the day.  But as the race wound down, Keselowski was able to work his way around Busch to take the lead and head to victory lane.

Keselowski said he was happy to finally take home a grandfather clock as a race-winner at Martinsville.

“We’ve run so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens,” Keselowski said.  “We were able to bring it home.”

Keselowski said joining the list of legends that has won at Martinsville is a career honor.

“A lot of legends have been able to win here, and it feels great to be able to join them,” Keselowski said.  “Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks, where the guys that run well everywhere run well here.”

Busch had a fast car all day, but he gave up the lead to Keselowski over the final green flag run.  Busch said his car didn’t react well to the last set of tires.

“All we did was put four tires on it and it went to junk,” Busch said.  “I hate it for our guys; they deserved better finishes than we’ve been able to produce and here’s another one today.”

“We were lights-out faster than those guys after 20 laps or so…we were really struggling; I was surprised we were able to hold off [Chase Elliott].”

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

Photo courtesy Getty Images

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 3/29/2017

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

Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #3

All-New X-Men #19
Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #9
Spider-Woman #17
Star-Lord #5
Thanos #5
X-Men Prime #1

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Larson Continues Strong Season, Wins Auto Club 400

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kyle Larson dominated the Auto Club 400 on his way to victory lane on Sunday at the Auto Club Speedway.

Larson has been strong to begin the season, with three-straight second-place finishes leading up to Sunday’s Auto Club 400.  Larson said he was happy to finally get to victory lane.
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“We’ve been so good all year long and three seconds in a row,” Larson said.  “I’ve been watching all the TV, ‘he doesn’t know how to win;’ we knew how to win today so it’s good.”

Larson led 110 laps, but he still had to survive a wave of cautions over the final 50 laps.  Larson said he tried to manage his frustration in the closing laps.

“I was staying as calm as I could be, but also frustrated at the same time,” Larson said.  “Seems like every time I get to the lead at the end of one of these things, a caution comes out and I’ve got to fight people off on restarts.”

Martin Truex Jr. seemed to be Larson’s only competition throughout the day.  Truex won the second segment and looked like a threat to win, but a late pit road mistake cost him a shot at the victory.

“Sucks when you have to play defense at the end of these things,” Truex said.  “Just stumbled a little bit there at the end when it mattered.”

Truex, who led 73 laps, said he thought he and Larson’s cars were evenly-matched for most of the race.

“I thought we had as good a car as Larson at times, sometimes better,” Truex said.  “Just really seemed like whoever got out front had a little advantage.”

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

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