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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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 3/22/2017

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

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #5
Extraordinary X-Men #20
Foolkiller #5
Gamora #4
Rocket Raccoon #4
Spider-Gwen #18
Star Wars Darth Maul #2

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Newman Picks Up Upset Victory in Phoenix

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Ryan Newman won the Camping World 500 from Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Newman stayed out under a late caution, and he was able to fend off Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch over the final two laps to win.  Newman said he wasn’t sure if he would be able to hold off the cars with newer tires.

“I called for two tires and [crew chief Luke Lambert] called for none,” Newman said.  “I’ve won more races with no tires than I have with four.”

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Newman’s win is the first win for Richard Childress Racing since November 2013 when Kevin Harvick went to victory lane at Phoenix before leaving for Stewart-Haas Racing.  Newman said he was happy to return to victory lane for the first time in 127 races.

“I lost count, that’s how long it’s been,” Newman said.  “We had a good car all day and we kept it out of trouble.  We collected in the end.”

Kyle Busch dominated the final segment of the race, but after Joey Logano blew a tire with five laps to go, Busch was stuck back in fifth on the final restart.  Busch said he was excited to come out of Phoenix with a good finish.

“We got a top 5, that’s what we set out to do here today,” Busch said.  “It was just too many cars that stayed out.  Overall we should be proud of our run today and we move on.”

Larson finished second for the third-straight race after he was unable to chase down Newman over the final two laps.  Larson said he was excited to leave Phoenix as the point leader.

“It’s really cool to be the point leader right now; that was a goal of mine going into today,” Larson said.  “I wish I wouldn’t have gotten sideways there in the middle of one and two…I probably would have got [Newman] going into three and four coming to the white.”

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

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 3/15/2017

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 #13

Invincible #134
Sex Criminals #17

Amazing Spider-Man #25
Deadpool the Duck #5
Guardians of the Galaxy #18
Punisher #10
Spider-Man #14
Star Wars Poe Dameron #12
Star-Lord #4
Uncanny X-Men #19
Venom #5

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Truex Dominates in Las Vegas, Busch Left Bloodied After Post-Race Fight

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Kobalt 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway to win on Sunday afternoon.
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Truex led a race-high 150 laps and swept both segments on his way to victory lane.  Even with a dominant car, it looked like Truex would finish second after Brad Keselowski pulled away on the final restart.  But after something broke on Keselowski’s car with two laps to go, Truex was able to get by to win the race.

Truex said the win was a gift.

“We’ve been on the other side of that plenty of times, and that’s the first one we’ve ever won,” Truex said.  “The guys on this team…made a lot of changes last night, and said let’s go for it.”

Keselowski said he didn’t know what broke on his car, but that he was proud of his team for giving him a car to compete.

“It was something pretty major because I lost the brakes and the car wouldn’t turn,” Keselowski said.  “Wish it was 265 laps but it’s not.  You win some this way; you lose some this way…that’s just the way it goes.”

Coming to the checkered flag, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano made contact racing for third.  Busch spun onto pit road and wound up 22nd, while Logano ended up fourth.  Following the on-track incident, the two got into an altercation on pit road after the race.  Busch took a swing at Logano before being tackled by Logano’s crew.  The incident left Busch with a cut on his forehead.

Logano said his car got loose in the middle of the corner which caused him to make contact with Busch.

“[Busch] tried to pin me down going into the corner, and he got into me going underneath Brad and we about crashed on entry,” Logano said.  “I was still trying to not spin out and had to chase it up and he was there…nothing intentional.”

Busch said he thought the contact was intentional.

“I got dumped,” Busch said.  “Flat out drove into the corner and wrecked me.”

“That’s how Joey races; he’s going to get it.”

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

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 3/8/2017

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

Justice League Power Rangers #3

Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #2
D4VEocracy #2

Nova #4
Spider-Man Deadpool #15
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #5
Unbelievable Gwenpool #13

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Keselowski Wins at Atlanta When Harvick Falters

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Brad Keselowski won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday after taking the lead following a late restart.

Keselowski ran up front for much of the race, but it seemed he would finish second after Kevin Harvick dominated throughout the day.  But Harvick was penalized for speeding on pit road during the final pit stop of the race, which sent him to the back for the following restart.  With Harvick out of the way, Keselowski ran down Kyle Larson to take the lead with seven laps remaining.
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Keselowski said he didn’t have the best car, but his team was able to overcome their own misfortune to pick up the victory.

“Kevin was very, very strong, and probably was the guy to beat,” Keselowski said.  “We had our own issues with the tire and a loose wheel, and just fought through it all day.  We persevered.”

Keselowski said he was proud of his team for overcoming a crash in the season-opening Daytona 500 to win at Atlanta.

“I thought we were one of the cars to beat at Daytona, but kind of got wrecked out there and didn’t get to show our potential,” Keselowski said.  “Everybody kept their heads up and moved on to the next week.  This is what you get when you give that kind of effort.”

Harvick led 292 of 325 laps on Sunday, but the speeding penalty with 14 laps to go was too much to overcome.  Harvick said he was disappointed for costing his team a chance at the victory.

“I really hate it for everyone on this [team],” Harvick said.  “They put a great car under me and did everything I thought they needed to do…I was just going too fast on pit road apparently.”

Larson took the lead on the final restart, and it seemed as though he would pull away from the field to take the victory.  But after running the low line all day, Larson moved up to the top of the track in the closing laps, and that allowed Keselowski to get around him for the lead.

Larson said he tried to take Keselowski’s line away from him, but the plan backfired.

“I raced around Brad a lot throughout the day, and anytime I was in front of him on a short run he’d drive around me on the top,” Larson said.  “I knew I was going to have to take his line away on that restart.”

“I got to that high line and I just didn’t have enough grip out there in the lead.”

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

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