Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 6/28/2017

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

Saga #44

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1
Amazing Spider-Man #29
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #4
Deadpool Vs. The Punisher #5
Edge of the Venomverse #1
I Am Groot #2
Jean Grey #3
Secret Empire #5
Spider-Gwen #21
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #8
Star Wars Droids Unplugged #1
Star Wars Poe Dameron #16

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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