Archive for August, 2012

Trevor Bayne, driver of the #60 Yourracecar.com Ford, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Ford driver, Trevor Bayne, who is making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start since March led Friday morning’s practice session that lasted almost three hours at Bristol Motor Speedway and later in the day was able to capture the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Food City 250. Bayne, who is running a “We Back Pat” paint scheme to help raise awareness for the Pat Summitt Foundation’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease, was the last car to go out in Nationwide Series qualifying. Bayne knocked Joey Logano off the pole with a qualifying speed of 121.190mph, 15.833 seconds. This is Bayne’s fifth career NASCAR Nationwide pole.

Coverage for the Food City 250 begins at 7:00pm EST on ESPN with the NASCAR Countdown show.

Starting Lineup:

1. Trevor Bayne
2. Joey Logano
3. Brian Scott
4. Austin Dillon
5. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
6. Justin Allgaier (ESPN In-Race Reporter)
7. Elliott Sadler
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Sam Hornish, Jr.
10. Kyle Busch Read the rest of this entry »

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I want to start off by saying although hilarious, the show The League is complete bullshit.  No one does a fantasy football league with 6 members, and if people did, what would be the point?  Everyone’s team would be stacked.  You could set your draft on auto-pilot and potentially win the league.  I understand poetic license, and having the standard 10 or 12 league members probably wouldn’t bode well for a sitcom, but c’mon man.  Is there any authenticity in television programming anymore? Read the rest of this entry »

It’s been 15 years since a winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series lead every lap  from the drop of the green to the checkered flag. Ron Hornaday was the driver’s name and Louisville Motor Speedway was the track.

On Wednesday night, an unusual night for a race, it was Timothy Peters and the No. 17 of Red Horse Racing to put his name in the history books. This was the first race on Bristol Motor Speedway’s new surface, which cost approximately $1 million dollars and promised to bring back the beating and banging of Bristol.

There was no early cautions, which cause some fans to be all up in arms on Twitter. The first caution didn’t come until Lap 81 when Chris Jones hit the wall.

With 41 laps to go and Peters still leading, Keystone Pole Winner Cale Gale tried to pass Todd Bodine on the backstretch but made contact, cutting Bodine’s rear tire and sending him into the Turn 3 wall bringing out the yellow.

Then with six laps to go, Cale Gale spun and hit the wall bringing out the caution.
Fans would see a green-white-checker finish and in the end Peters would celebrate his second win of the season.
In victory lane, he said that this win was an “awesome feeling.” Peters is the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader.
The next race for the series is August 31st at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski celebrates winning his second race in the Sprint Summer Showdown presented by HTC EVO 3D after winning the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR

It seems like it has been ages since NASCAR hosted a Saturday night race. It doesn’t get any better than Bristol Motor Speedway. 500 miles of beating and banging at what has been nicknamed the “World’s Fastest Half Mile.” I can already feel the excitement.

Last year, Brad Keselowski was able to capture his third win of the season and his second since breaking his ankle in a testing accident on August 3rd at Road Atlanta. Keselowski grabbed the lead on a restart with 80 laps to go and never looked back. The victory all but assured at least a wild-card spot in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup, a first in his career. Can Keselowski do it again?

Seven drivers can secure a spot in the Chase this weekend at Bristol. Greg Biffle can clinch with a finish of 28th with no laps led, 29th with at least ne lap led and 30th with the most laps led. The scenario for Matt Kenseth is eighth with no laps led, ninth at least one lap led and 10th with most laps led. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. laps a spot in the post season with finishes of sixth with no laps led, seventh with at least one lap led and eighth with the most laps led. Jimmie Johnson will punch his Chase ticket with a victory or second-place finish while leading the most laps. Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer also can reserve spots in the Chase but are not yet in charge of the their own destinies. The magic number is 97 points ahead of the 11th-place driver’s total.

And in other NASCAR news, Danica Patrick makes her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway and fourth start of the 2012 season. She finished 19th in the track’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race in March.

I hope you all enjoy the great racing at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Below you’ll find the TV schedule for the weekend, which will actually start on Wednesday with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

2011 Pole Winner: Elliott Sadler
2011 Winner:  Kevin Harvick
Laps: 200
Distance: 106.6 Miles

Wednesday, August 22, 2012:

5:00pm NASCAR Truck Series Qualifying SPEED
6:00pm NASCAR Whelen Modified Series SPEED
7:30PM NCWTS Setup SPEED
8:00PM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SPEED
(Bristol 200)

NASCAR Nationwide Series: 

2011 Pole Winner: Kyle Busch
2011 Winner: Kyle Busch
Laps: 250
Distance: 133.24 Miles

Friday, August 24, 2012: 

10:00AM NASCAR Nationwide Practice SPEED
12:00PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice SPEED
2:00PM NASCAR Live SPEED
2:30PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Final Practice SPEED
3:30PM NASCAR Nationwide Qualifying SPEED
5:00PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying ESPN
6:30PM Trackside SPEED
7:00PM NASCAR Countdown ESPN
7:30PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Race ESPN
(Food City 250. Justin Allgaier is the in-race reporter)
11:30PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice (RE-AIR) SPEED

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:

2011 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman
2011 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Laps: 500
Distance: 266.5 Miles

Saturday, August 25, 2012: 

12:00 Prerace NASCAR Now ESPN2
4:00PM NASCAR Performance SPEED
4:30PM SPEED Center NASCAR Edition SPEED
5:00 PM NASCAR RaceDay SPEED
7:00PM NASCAR Countdown ABC
7:30PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race ABC
(Irwin Tools Night Race. Carl Edwards is the in-race reporter)
11:00PM NASCAR Victory Lane – Special Edition SPEED

Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon #21 of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout as he earned the win against the Colorado Rockies in an 8-5 win during Interleague Play at Coors Field on June 12, 2012. (Image by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

A week after Melky Cabrera was suspended by the MLB for failing a drug test, Oakland Atheletic’s pitcher Bartolo Colon has joined him.

Colon has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, the MLB announced earlier on Wednesday. Colon was in the midst of a rebound season with a 10-9 record and a 3.43 ERA, helping the Athletics into a wild-card contention.

“I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program,” Colon said in a statement released through the MLBPA.

 

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Glory! Glory!  Manchester United’s newest star Robin Van Persie made his debut yesterday in the 2nd half of a 1-0 loss to Everton.  I’ve always been a fan of RvP, as the Dutchman has displayed undeniable skill and ball striking ability as a player for Arsenal and the Dutch National team.  What better way to welcome him to the greatest football team in all the land than to have his wife, Bouchra Van Persie featured in this week’s WAGs Wednesday?  Check out some more pictures of the star forward’s wife, Bouchra Van Persie: Read the rest of this entry »

Greg Biffle takes the winner’s cheers at Michigan. (AP Photo)

While it was Greg Biffle winning the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, it is Kyle Busch getting the headlines for penalties on Tuesday. Prior to practice for the race on Friday, NASCAR found that the No. 18 Interstates Batteries Toyota had improperly attached weights.

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced penalties for the No. 18 crew.  The No. 18 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-2.3A (improperly attached weight) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.

Dave Rogers has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Oct. 3. In addition, car chief Wesley Sherrill has been placed on NASCAR probation until Oct. 3.

No points were taken, so there is no change in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. Wonder why?

On Tuesday, NASCAR reinstated Aaron Fike five years after he was arrested on herorin charges.

In a short paragraph from NASCAR that said Fike had successfully completed the Road to Recovery Program. Fike had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on July 11, 2007 following his arrest.

In 2008, Fike would tell ESPN the Magazine “I was able to race with it in my system, so [that policy] didn’t work with me.”

With the new reinstatement, Fike currently has no NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride, as the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for a Wednesday night showdown this week.

 

Pop Tarts. A staple in college kid’s dorm rooms? I don’t remember picking up a box when I went to the grocery store on the weekends but I guess if you’re one of the five NCAA schools being represented by Kellogg’s you probably will now.

Coming out on September 1st, the best part about this is the reaction on Twitter. Here are some of the best tweets:

@CecilHurt: In order to land Clemson Pop Tarts, Dabo Swinney also offered Eggo Waffles, Toaster Streudel and a couple of 7-11 breakfast burritos.

‪@Mengus22: You’ll be thrown out of the house if you eat BYU Pop Tarts before marriage.

‪@WarBlogle: Everyone says Auburn-themed Pop Tarts cost $180,000, but nobody has been able to provide a receipt.

The flavors include Go Blue Strawberry, which will be Michigan’s Pop Tart flavor; Georgia’s Bulldog Berry; Arkansas’s Razorback Red; Florida Gator’s Strawberry; and North Carolina is Tar Heel Blue.

Diehard fans rejoice! You can now sit in your team colors and eat your teams mascot before the big game.

Oh, what tangled webs we weave. The more that Jesse, Skyler, and Mike try to pull away from Walter…he concocts a plan or manipulates the situation and ends up pulling them back in. Last week’s cold open showed us the shot child that just captured a spider (more specifically, a tarantula). In this case, Walter is the spider. And if I can quote the infamous Nicki Minaj, all the other characters in the show “beez in the trap.” Read the rest of this entry »