Archive for June, 2012

Matt Kenseth, left, and car owner Jack Roush celebrating in victory lane after Kenseth won the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Despite winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2003 and winning the Daytona 500 earlier this season, Matt Kenseth is leaving Roush-Fenway Racing at the end of the 2012 season. The team announced an amicable split and the driver, who has never driven for another team since joining RFR in 2000, will be replaced by the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. It is believed that Kenseth will be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing to take control of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota or a fourth unannounced car.

Joe Gibbs Racing president, J.D. Gibbs refused to comment on the rumor.

Since the announcement on Tuesday, many in the NASCAR community have asked why. Wish I could give you an answer. A statement released by the team offered no answers as to why the sudden split. Read the rest of this entry »

Was Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma, Robby Gordon’s last NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the 2012 season? While one Gordon, Jeff, is in doubt of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the other one is probably hanging up his NASCAR fire suit for the 2012 season.

Gordon, who failed to qualify at Las Vegas and California, has only competed in two Sprint Cup events this season – the Daytona 500 and the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix International Raceway. He finished 41st in both events.

“I’d love to go to Watkins Glen, but I don’t have a sponsor right now to go there,” Gordon said. “So as we sit here right now, there’s nothing on the table for anything until next season.” Read the rest of this entry »

Clint Bowyer celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 24, 2012 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Clint Bowyer survived a Green-White-Checkered finish and a late race surge from Tony Stewart to score his first win with Michael Waltrip Racing in Sunday afternoon’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma. The win was Bowyer’s sixth of his career, third for MWR, and the first for both the driver/team combination on a road course.

It also marked a great day for Michael Waltirp Racing, not just with Bowyer winning,but with Brian Vickers finishing fourth after an early race pit road penalty and Martin Truex, Jr. having a strong run before a late race mishap. In all, the MWR boys would lead a total of 86 of the 112 laps(due to the green-white checkered finish). Bowyer, however, led the most at 71 laps.

This race definitely showed that the Midwestern dirt track racer has some road course skills in his blood.

The race start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 was like it is every year, with many of the teams being on a variety of pit strategies. The race also had a different feel than last year. It was run caution free until Lap 81, when Tommy Drissi, a road course ringer driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing, crashed in the esses.

The win for Clint Bowyer comes 19 races since his last one at Talladega Superspeedway for Richard Childress Raicng. His crew chief, Brian Pattie said after the race “that’s bad ass right there,” and was in complete shock that it didn’t take long for this new team to gel and end up in victory lane. Read the rest of this entry »

AP Photo/Matthew Putney
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after winning the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on Saturday night. Hunter-Reay moved to second in the season standings with his seventh career IndyCar win.

It was survival of the fittest on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn Iowa 250.

While Iowa Speedway was not kind to many of the IZOD IndyCar Series biggest names, but it was Ryan Hunter-Reay who was able to survive and win for the second straight week. With the win, Hunter-Reay was able to put his name in the hat for the 2012 championship picture.

“I was really good on the high side just setting up traffic,” Hunter-Reay said. “I saw it coming and as the tires wore off we were really strong just like at Milwaukee.”

The race started out very interesting as the pole sitter, Dario Franchitti blew an engine before the green flag even dropped. This was the first time the defending IndyCar points champion did not finish two consecutive races since the final race of 2004 and the first race of 2005. And to make things even more interesting, the IndyCar Series didn’t even drop the green flag until 11 laps into the race. Read the rest of this entry »

Nelson Piquet Jr. celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sargento 200 auto race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis, Saturday, June, 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

If you thought Nelson Piquet, Jr. winning the Coors Light Pole on Saturday was big news for the Turner Motorsports driver, just imagine his emotions after winning the Sargento 200 later in the day at Road America. In only his third appearance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Piquet cruised to victory at the 4 mile, 14 turn road course.

Piquet became the first Brazilian and only the fifth driver to be born outside of the United States to win a major NASCAR event, after having previously won a race in the regional K&N Pro Series East Series in March at Bristol Motor Speedway. Read the rest of this entry »

“New Track record and on the pole for todays NASCAR Nationwide Race!” (Image from Nelson Piquet’s Twitter account)

With a new track record, a lap of 109.516mph, Nelson, Piquet, Jr. was able to capture his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole in his third career start in a Turner Motorsports car. His previous experience in Formula One definitely paid off today. Piquet said he’d be “able to have control of the race” now that he was on the pole.

The Sargento 200 from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin begins with the NASCAR Countdown at 3pm EST on ESPN. Can Nelson Piquet, Jr. win from the pole or will someone else grab the win? Tune in to find out?

Starting Lineup:

1. Nelson Piquet, Jr.
2. Michael McDowell
3. Ron Fellows
4. Jacques Villeneuve
5. Max Papis
6. Brian Scott
7. Justin Allgaier
8. Sam Hornish, Jr
9. Miquel Paludo
10. Danica Patrick Read the rest of this entry »

As if this comes without an shock, on Friday night, Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 counts of child sexual molestation. With the verdict, Sandusky now faces up to 442 years in prison.

The jury deliberated for about 20 hours after a trial that went on for eight days. It took six counts of “guilty” by the jury foreman before a “not guilty” was read for the first time. Yes, he did read all 48 counts.

This means that Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator sexually abused children over a 15 year period, using his stature as a local coaching hero and his position with the Second Mile charity to target and then violate at-risk kids from the local area.

In the courtroom with Sandusky, was his wife, Dottie, and three of their four adopted sons, and one adopted daughter. Matt Sandusky, who came spoke out on Thursday that his adopted father had molested him, was not present for the verdict. After the verdict was read, Sandusky was taken out by handcuffs. He will be sentenced at a later date. While the precise number of years he faces in prison is unclear, but legal experts say he should be enough to lock the 68 year old man away for life.

Victim No. 6 – one of eight victims to testify – and his family were in court. He put his head down and wept uncontrollably as the verdict was read. “I’m just overwhelmed,” he said afterward.

Judge Cleland said Sandusky would be sentenced in about 90 days. Sandusky gave a quick wave to family and was taken to Centre County jail in handcuffs.

Joe Amendola Sandusky’s defense attorney, said Sandusky plans to appeal.

The family of Paterno, who died exactly five months before Sandusky’s conviction, released a statement saying: “Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today’s verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families.”

In a statement, Penn State praised the accusers who testified and said that it planned to invite the victims of Sandusky’s abuse to participate in a private program to address their concerns and compensate them for claims related to the school.

Stay with Total Sports Blog for the latest on this story.

By Ed Szczepanski, US Presswire
Marcos Ambrose, left, poses with team owner Richard Petty after winning the pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma.

While he never had won a Coors Light Pole Award until last week at Michigan International Speedway, Marcos Ambrose is definitely getting use to starting on the front row.

On Friday, Ambrose won the top spot, knocking off Jimmie Johnson and holding his breath to see if Jeff Gordon, a nine time road course winner, could knock him off.

Ambrose’s speed was 95.262mph while Gordon’s was 95.067mph.

”I thought it was a really good lap,” Gordon said. ”Hey, you’ve got to credit where credit is due: Marcos laid down a heck of a lap and we came up just a little bit short. We knew that was going to be a tough lap to beat.”

Ambrose is definitely one to watch on Sunday in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Coverage begins with the Countdown to Green at 2pm EST. Will Ambrose be able to finally get the win at Sonoma or will he endure another heartbreaking lose like he did last year. Tune in to find out.

Starting Lineup:
  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jeff Gordon (MY RACE PICK)
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Ryan Newman Read the rest of this entry »

Summer is finally here. Can you believe it? Seems just yesterday NASCAR fans were counting down the months, weeks, and days until the Daytona 500, now the fans and media alike are counting down the races until Richmond International Raceway, and the cutoff for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With 15 races under the drivers belts, a solid baseline has already been established over who is in, who is on the bubble looking in with at least one win this season, and the guys just scrambling to put together a win or at least a good finish to get them into NASCAR’s version of a playoff.

Here are the drivers who are definitely in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup. These six drivers have grabbed the bull by the horns and are showing the rest of the boys that they are the class of the field and deserve the honor to be called the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

Matt Kenseth: Driver of the No. 17 Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing wasted no time winning a race, the Daytona 500, and since then has been nothing short of consistent week in and week out. Currently Kenseth leads the point and with a win in his pocket, there is no doubt he will be racing for a shot at the championship. Read the rest of this entry »

The UEFA Euro 2012 has moved on from the group stage and into the elimination round.  This is the final installment of Total Sports Blog’s hottest women in the crowds at the Euro 2012.  This week we bring you the women of the Portugal vs Netherlands, Italy vs Ireland, England vs Ukraine, and Portugal vs Czech Republic games.

Don’t forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Total Sports Babes of the Euro 2012

Total Sports Babes of Portugal vs Netherlands

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