Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 12/13/2017

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

IDW
Back to the Future #25

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #792
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #11
Despicable Deadpool #290
Punisher #219
Star Wars #40

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 12/6/2017

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

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man Venom - Venom Inc. Alpha #1
Astonishing X-Men #6
Guardians of the Galaxy #148
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #23
Spider-Man #235
Star Wars Darth Vader #9

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/29/2017

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

Marvel
Spider-Gwen #26
Star Wars Jedi of the Republic Mace Windu #4
Star Wars Poe Dameron #21
Venom #158

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/22/2017

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 #21

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #13
Spider-Gwen #25
Spider-Man Deadpool #24
Star Wars #39
Thanos #13

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Martin Truex Jr. Wins Championship with Homestead Victory

Martin Truex Jr. won the Ford 400 on Sunday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

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Truex led 78 laps on Sunday, but was not the dominant car throughout the race.  A late caution ruined Kyle Busch’s pit strategy, and that allowed Truex to take the lead for good.  He was able to hold Busch off in the closing laps to win his eighth race of the season.

Truex said he was sure Busch would pass him in the closing laps.

“At 20 to go, I thought I was done,” Truex said.  “I found a line that I could use.  I found a lane that was blocking enough of the air that they couldn’t really use it.”

Truex, the regular season champion, dominated on the track all season, but had to persevere through struggles off the track; Truex’s longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex has been battling cancer, a crew member passed away before the Kansas race, and team owner Barney Vissar suffered a heart attack two weeks ago.

Throughout all the struggles, Truex and his team never gave up.

“A lot of it was for her, a lot of it was for me, a lot of it was for this team,” Truex said.  “I was a wreck just thinking about all the rough days, the bad days, the times where I thought my career was over with.  The times when I didn’t think anyone believed in me…but the people who mattered did.”

“I’ve been wanting this since I was a kid racing go-karts.  I never thought this day would come.”

Busch had the fastest car all day, but he was caught off-sequence from the other leaders when a caution affected their pit strategy.

Busch said he believed he could have beaten Truex if he had more time.

“Just unfortunate for us that that caution came out and kind of ruined our race strategy,” Busch said.  “We weren’t able to get back to where we needed to be.”

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“They deserved it on probably every other race but today; I thought we were better…but they were out front when it mattered most.  Congratulations to the 78.”

The race was also the final Cup Series race in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career.  Earnhardt finished 25th on Sunday, but he said he hoped his fans enjoyed his final season.

“I hope all the fans enjoyed this season,” Earnhardt said.  “I know it’s not everything we wanted on the racetrack, but we sure had fun off of it.”

“Sure going to miss everybody, but we’ll be back.  We’ll be back at the racetrack a little bit with our Xfinity stuff next year…we’ll be around.  We definitely want to be a part of this sport no matter what.”

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

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/15/2017

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

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #791
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #10
Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan #2
Guardians of the Galaxy #147
Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #297
Punisher #218
Spider-Men II #4
Star Wars Darth Vader #8
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #14

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kenseth Wins at Phoenix, Keselowski Clinches Final Playoff Spot

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Matt Kenseth won the Can-Am 500 from Phoenix Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Kenseth chased down Chase Elliott in the closing laps, and he was able to get around the young driver to pick up his 39th career victory.

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Kenseth, who is stepping away from the sport following next weekend’s season finale, said he was glad he could go out with a victory.

“I wasn’t sure I was quite ready for this to move on…it’s been an incredible journey,” Kenseth said.  “There’s no way you could write it any better than this…what a storybook ending.”

Needing a victory, Elliott raced hard to get to the front of the field to get into the final round of the playoffs.  With Kenseth’s victory, Elliott was eliminated from playoff contention.

After finishing second on Sunday, Elliott said he was disappointed to miss the championship round of the playoffs by one spot.

“We fought really hard today, and gave ourselves a chance,” Elliott said.  “I was telling my guys that I’ll get it right sometime.  We’ve had so many good opportunities, we’ve just got to close.”

Elliott made contact with Denny Hamlin on his way to the front, and the contact caused Hamlin to cut a tire and hit the wall.  The wreck ended Hamlin’s championship hopes, and it was the second time in this round that the two drivers got together.

Hamlin wrecked Elliott while the two raced for the win at Martinsville two weeks ago, and Elliott said he raced Hamlin the same way Hamlin chose to race him at Martinsville.

“I’m going to race guys how they race me and keep a smile on my face regardless,” Elliott said.  “Happy to race guys how they choose to race me…that’s the way I see it.”

Elliott’s runner-up finish allowed Brad Keselowski to make the final round of the playoffs as the final driver to the round of four. 

Keselowski said he hopes to go to Homestead with a fast enough car to compete with the dominant Toyotas of Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

“I don’t know if we’re the favorite by any means, but we’re going to go there and give it our best,” Keselowski said.  “It’s a tough competition, but to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

“Hopefully we can be as fast as we were at Texas, maybe a little bit more, and we’ll have a shot at it.”

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

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/8/2017

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

Marvel
Despicable Deadpool #289
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #22
Spider-Man Deadpool #23
Star Wars #38
Venom #157

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Harvick Wins at Texas, Will Race for Championship at Homestead

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kevin Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday to lock himself into the championship round of the playoffs.

Martin Truex Jr. had a dominant car throughout the day, but Harvick was able to chase down the 78 to pick up the victory in the closing laps.
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Harvick said he was happy to finally win at Texas.

“It’s been a long time coming…I’m happy to finally get to victory lane here,” Harvick said.  “I knew we had a really good car…to be able to beat the 78 today, for us, is quite an accomplishment.”

Harvick’s victory locked him into the final round of the playoffs, and he said his team has what it takes to win their second championship in two weeks at Homestead.

“Our cars have improved so much since the playoffs have started,” Harvick said.  “To be here in November winning at Texas for the first time, and to have a chance to go to Homestead and race for the championship is really a huge credit to our people.”

“It’s been a lot of work to get to where we are today.  Really proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas for the things they’ve done, and hopefully we can do it again at Homestead.”

Truex finished second on Sunday, but it was enough to lock himself into the final round of the playoffs.

Truex said he believes his team can continue to dominate and that they can win the championship at Homestead.

“It’s been an amazing season; I love this team,” Truex said.  “We’re really excited about Homestead…we had a good test down there.  I look forward to going down there and getting another win.”

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

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 11/1/2017

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

Marvel
Astonishing X-Men #5
Guardians of the Galaxy #146
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #6
Spider-Man #234
Star Wars Darth Vader #7

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Busch Survives Wild Finish to Win at Martinsville

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Busch won the First Data 500 from Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon to punch his ticket to the Championship finale at Homestead in three weeks.

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Throughout the final run, multiple lead drivers got together to set up for an exciting finish.  Busch was able to take the lead on the final restart, and he was able to hold off Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner as the rest of the field wrecked behind them.

Busch said his team gave him a good car for the weekend and that they were able to work on it throughout the race.

“Our guys did an awesome job preparing this car,” Busch said.  “We weren’t the best all day, but we put ourselves in the right spots there at the end with all the chaos ensuing.  None of it was our fault; we just came out on the right end of the stick.”

With the victory, Busch became the first driver to clinch a spot in the Championship round of the Playoffs at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Busch said he’s excited to not worry about points for the next two weeks.

“We can go out there and race for wins; let everyone else worry,” Busch said.  “Not give everyone else a chance to breathe and keep their heads on their shoulders going into that week at Homestead.”

In the closing laps, Denny Hamlin spun Chase Elliott racing for the lead.  The two got together on the cool-down lap and talked about their run-in.

Hamlin said the move wasn’t intentional, but that he was trying to get to Homestead to race for a championship.

“Trying to get a race win, but everybody wrecked everyone at the end; it was complete…chaos,” Hamlin said.  “He didn’t make the corner because I had his back end jacked up; I got in there too hot and I got in the back of him.”

Elliott said he wasn’t pleased with Hamlin’s explanation for the way he raced at the end.

“He said someone was pushing him, and it wasn’t two car lengths between him and the other guy,” Elliott said.  “It’s definitely 100 percent unnecessary and uncalled for.”

“My mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.  He’s not even worth my time.”

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

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 10/25/2017

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 #20

IDW
Back to the Future #24

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #790
Ben Reilly the Scarlet Spider #9
Despicable Deadpool #288
Punisher #17
Star Wars Jedi of the Republic Mace Windu #3
Thanos #12

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Truex Wins at Kansas in Round 2 Finale

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Martin Truex Jr. won the Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon to close out the second round of the Playoffs.

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Truex had a strong car on Sunday, but a few pit miscues caused him to fall behind early.  After working his way back up front, Truex took the lead on the final restart and held off Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney to pick up his seventh victory of the season.

While under a red flag for a big accident late in the race, Truex called his shot and told his team they would win the race.

Truex said the victory was a testament to his team’s ability to continue pushing through adversity.

“It’s crazy how these things work out,” Truex said.  “Just got to give the best effort all the time; never give up and just push as hard as you can.  That’s what we did today and it worked.”

Truex and his team were racing with heavy hearts on Sunday following the sudden death of a crew member on Saturday night.  Fabricator Jim Watson died following a heart attack on Saturday, and Truex said the race was challenging following the sudden loss.

“I can’t believe how this day went; racing with heavy hearts,” Truex said.  “I know he’d want to be here celebrating with me right now.”

“Today was definitely a challenge, but fast cars prevail.”

Kansas was the cutoff race for Round 2 of the NASCAR Playoffs, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson were eliminated.

Kyle Busch finished 10th and was able to clinch the final transfer spot.  Busch said he needed other drivers to have misfortune following poor finishes in the first two races.

“I wouldn’t have thought a 29th, a 27th and a 10th would have made it through; obviously a lot of other guys had to have trouble for that to happen,” Busch said.

Busch now begins Round 3 as the second seed in the Playoffs, and he said he thinks he can lock himself into the final round by winning next Sunday.

“We’re going to Martinsville next week, and it’s going to really good for us,” Busch said.  “Hopefully I can punch my ticket to Homestead and take two weeks off…and race everybody like heck for that championship.”

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

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 10/18/2017

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

BOOM! Studios
Go Go Power Rangers #4

Marvel
Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan #1
Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi Captain Phasma #4
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #5
Spider-Gwen #25
Star Wars Poe Dameron #20
Venom #156

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Keselowski Survives Wild Talladega Finish

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Brad Keselowski won the Alabama 500 from Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon in his 300th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.

Keselowski had to survive a wild finish, one that saw three major accidents collect most of the field in the final 17 laps.  With the field cut to about only 10 cars, Keselowski was able to pass Ryan Newman on the final lap to pick up his fifth victory at Talladega.

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Keselowski said he was excited to survive and move on to the next round of the Playoffs.

“What a special day…I survived,” Keselowski said.  “We haven’t been as good as we’ve needed to be on the [1.5 mile tracks], so we knew we had to come to Talladega and get it done.”

Keselowski said a late block on his teammate Joey Logano helped propel him past Newman on the final lap.

“I just had to make all the right moves…right at the end I put the block on my teammate…and it was just enough to get the momentum to win at the start/finish line,” Keselowski said.  “You’ve got to have a little bit of luck to win these races…we got through some big wrecks there.”

“To be able to win and get to the next round of the Playoffs and not have to deal with any of that…this is one we really needed.”

Newman finished second, but said he was disappointed he couldn’t close out a victory while leading late in the race.

“When there’s only that many cars left running, you want to be the guy…I’m really disappointed we didn’t win,” Newman said.  “I don’t think there was a car out there that didn’t have any damage.”

“We’ll take it for what it’s worth and we’ll keep digging.  Wish we were still in the Playoffs, but we’re not.  We’ll keep moving our way up if we can.”

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

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 10/11/2017

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

IDW
Back to the Future #23

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #789
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #12
Despicable Deadpool #287
Gwenpool the Unbelievable #21
Rocket #6
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #13

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Truex Continues to Dominate, Wins at Charlotte

Originally written for CLNS Media.


Martin Truex Jr. won the Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon for his sixth victory of the season.

Truex led 91 laps on Sunday on his way to victory lane, but had to hold off Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick in the closing laps after two late cautions set up an overtime finish.

Truex said his team came through in the clutch with fast pit stops at the end of the race.

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“Everybody on this team is amazing,” Truex said.  “The pit crew was flawless; got us track position and we were able to keep it.”

Final practice was cancelled on Saturday due to rain, so teams had very little on-track time to prepare for Sunday’s race.  After qualifying 17th, Truex and crew chief Cole Pearn had no following track time to work on their car.

Truex said he and his crew chief did a good job working on the car to prepare it for Sunday.

“It’s one of those weekends with a lot of pressure,” Truex said.  “We qualified poorly, and I was mad about it and Cole was mad about it.”

“This time of year you want to click on all cylinders, and today we did.  We just did everything right with no mistakes.  We just never gave up on it, and we just kept digging.”

Harvick finished third after challenging late for the lead, but he couldn’t catch Truex on the final restart.

Harvick said his car was good, but that he couldn’t compete with how fast Truex was.

“It’s about where we were going to run, second or third,” Harvick said.  “I would get close and then I would get loose…kind of lost what I had at the beginning of the race.”

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

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