Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 8/23/2017

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 #18

Marvel
Ben Reilly the Scarlet Spider #6
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again #4
Edge of Venomverse #5
I Am Groot #4
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #3
Punisher #15
Secret Empire #9
Star Wars Doctor Aphra Annual #1

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Busch Completes Bristol Sweep with Saturday Night Victory

Originally written for CLNS Media.


Kyle Busch won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday evening from the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch ran up front for most of the night, but he had to hold off rookie Erik Jones over the final 50 laps to get to victory lane.  Busch said he was happy with how Jones raced him in the closing laps.

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“Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight,” Busch said.  “I was running him with my tongue hanging out and my arms were like Jell-O…that was all I had.”

“Can’t say enough about the young man…I have a lot of respect for him.  He raced me awesome out there like a great teammate and gave me the room when necessary and raced me hard when necessary.  It’s great to have a guy like that.”

With the victory on Saturday, Busch completed the weekend sweep following victories in Wednesday’s Truck Series race and Friday’s Xfinity Series race.  Busch said this victory was harder than the other two, but that his team was able to persevere to get to victory lane.

“That one was a lot harder,” Busch said.  “Car might not be perfect, but I’m never perfect; I never feel like we’re perfect.”

“Every single pit stop we kept working on it and kept adjusting on it.  This car was fast.”

Jones finished second for his best-career finish, but he still sits on the outside of NASCAR’s playoff picture.  Jones said his team did everything well on Saturday, but that it wasn’t enough to get them a playoff-clinching victory.

“It’s been a great weekend for us, you can’t take that away,” Jones said.  “You still wish you could have had that little bit more and grabbed the win.  Just didn’t have quite enough.”

“We’ll just have to keep after it…we’re going to keep fighting and keeping after these wins.”

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

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 8/16/2017

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

Marvel
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #8
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #10
Astonishing X-Men #2
Gwenpool #19
Spider-Men II #2
Star Wars #34
Star Wars Poe Dameron #18

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Larson Continues to Succeed in Michigan

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Larson won the Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

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Larson went four-wide on the final restart to take the lead with two laps to go, and he pulled away from Martin Truex Jr. to take the checkered flag.  Larson said he had planned the winning move while sitting in his car during a red flag prior to the final restart.

“I was running a few options through my head of what to do if I got a good jump, and that was one of them,” Larson said.  “It was the most perfect restart of my life; I’ve lost a lot on late restarts, but to get one from the second row makes up for some of them.”

Larson’s victory was the fourth of his career, and his third-consecutive win at Michigan.  Larson, who only led the last two laps, said he was happy his team was able to fight back to win after struggling with the car’s handling throughout the race.

“We were struggling all day, definitely not as good as we were the last two times here,” Larson said.  “I can’t believe that happened…I didn’t think I had a shot to win that at all.  My car was really loose in traffic and average in clean air.”

“We persevered…and had some good restarts there at the end.”

Truex had one of the most dominant cars all day after leading 57 laps.  Truex held off his teammate Erik Jones over the final runs, but he wasn’t able to keep Larson behind him on the final restart. 

Truex said his tires were too cold following the red flag and his car couldn’t go.

“Just tried to do something different there with Larson behind me, and he hit me; when he hit me I went and I spun the tires,” Truex said.  “The tires just got too cold under that red.”

“I thought there was no way he would go around me on the bottom with all that speedy dry down there.  Sometimes these things don’t work out.”

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

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 8/9/2017

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

DC
Justice League Power Rangers #5

IDW
Back to the Future #22

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #31
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again #3
Edge of Venomverse #4
Rocket #4
Secret Empire #8
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #11
Star Wars Rogue One Cassian and K-2SO Special #1
Venom #153

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Truex Saves Enough Fuel for Watkins Glen Victory

Originally written for CLNS Media.


Martin Truex Jr. won the We Love New York 355 from Watkins Glen International on Sunday after saving enough fuel to hold off the field.

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Truex was the class of the field on Sunday, but a late caution set up a dramatic fuel-mileage finish where many of the frontrunners had to pit in the closing laps.  Truex stayed out and saved just enough fuel to hold off Matt Kenseth on the final lap to pick up his fourth victory of the season.

Truex let Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney pass him for the lead over the final run, but retook the lead when Blaney ran out of fuel with two laps to go.  Truex said giving up the lead was hard to deal with in the closing laps.

“It’s so stressful to let guys go by you for the lead, I’ve never had to do that before,” Truex said.  “You just got to listen to your crew chief; luckily I’ve got the best one in the business.  I just do what he says and it always just seems to work out.”

The victory at Watkins Glen was Truex’s first at the track.  After growing up in New Jersey, Truex said it was a dream to win there after watching his father race at the track in the 1990s.

“I’ve wanted to win here for so long, this is a special place,” Truex said.  “Coming here as a kid and spending time in the garage, just walking around and dreaming of someday to race here, let alone win.  This is a big one for our team.”

Matt Kenseth finished second on Sunday, and he was on Truex’s bumper as the two took the checkered flag.  Kenseth said he hoped Truex would run out of gas before the end of the race.

“He was managing his gaps well, and as soon as he knew I could go, he just went too,” Kenseth said.  “Hate to be that close and not get it, but it was a good finish.”

“I thought we were going to be better than the 78 on fuel, but we both probably have a little excess.”

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

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Weekly Pull List: 8/2/2017

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

Image
Sex Criminals #20

Marvel
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #7
Spider-Man #19
Spider-Man Deadpool #20
Star Wars Darth Vader #4