Archive for June, 2012

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon celebrates winning the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

For the first since Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Daytona International Speedway nearly two years ago has the No. 3 been in victory lane in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Tonight add Austin Dillon to the list of drivers celebrating behind the wheel of the infamous number, but this time in a black number 3.

“It is awesome for the races who support me,” Dillon said about driving the number 3 to victory lane.

Dillon, who captured the Coors Light Pole earlier on Friday, dominated the Feed the Children 300 leading a new record of 192 of the 200 laps. He would surpass Carl Edwards who had the previous record of 150 laps, set back in 2005 during this race.

Kyle Busch, owner of the No. 54 driven by his brother Kurt Busch, described Dillion’s domination as being on the “money” the entire race. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jimmie Johnson survived a freak storm with high wings that lifted tents, injured a crew member, and littered the area with debris to capture his first Coors Light Pole since September 2010 on Friday afternoon. Johnon edged former teammate Kyle Busch with a lap of 29.700 seconds, 181.818mph. This is the second race at the Kentucky Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Last year’s race had a woe of traffic issues, which was promised to be fixed for tomorrow’s race. You can catch the Quaker State 400 on TNT, starting at 6:30PM EST.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr,
  8. Brad Keselowski (MY RACE PICK)
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Martin Truex Jr. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s official, the NCAA university presidents have agreed to change the awful BCS system and it only took three hours for the decision to be made. Reports from the NCAA is that the four-team playoff will roll out in 2014, and continue until 2025. Am I excited? A little bit. I have grown tired of the BCS system, especially after last year’s SEC rematch between LSU and Alabama. The new playoff system, while it gets rid of the old computer pick system, it doesn’t get the job down. Here are some of the reasons that a four-team playoff just will not work for NCAA football.

Favoring the Big Teams:

The new playoff system is still going to favor the power conferences. You know the ones, the big schools that load up there schedule with high school teams and then roll through the season claiming that they are the best in the nation. Forget the fact that some of these great schools do not dare play a tough road game against a respectable out of conference opponent. This will still be a big thing, and schools like Boise State will not be invited.

Four Just Isn’t Enough:

Think about it, would you see March Madness with only four teams competing for the National Championship? It’s hilarious! I definitely don’t think we should have a 64-team playoff system, but four just isn’t enough. Seriously, who thought of that number? A reasonable number would be eight, at least. With the expansion of teams, it would add more excitement to football season.

Subjective Criteria:

The plan for the BCS committee is to pick the participants in this members-only event. Therefore the fun “strength of schedule” factor and all the human polls will again lead to a small group of schools that are essentially judgment calls. The Coaches Poll? The only film the coaches are watching is of their opponent for the following week’s match-up. And don’t you dare mention the computer polls to me. People programmed them bad boys!

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen:

I have been a football fan for my years so I understand that you have to have a number of people to get involved with someone like this, however; I think the reason the BCS is inadequate is that too many people had to be happy before it was approved. NCAA officials and the conferences are still a large group of disjointed individuals whose egos are so big that they can’t agree on this type of process. In addition, the NCCA basically has no part in this. They continue to show their weakness, which has been all too evident during disciplinary procedures and so called “investigations” of corruption involving high-profile athletes.

Definitely Not about the Fans:

Progress? Maybe a little bit However, this isn’t about the student-athlete or the fans. This is about money. The powers that be are doing this because they believe it will definitely put more green in their back pocket. Case closed! This is not about making the fans of football happy or making sure athletes go to class, remember student comes before sports. This is about TV deals, endorsement contracts, and naming rights. It will only work as a lucrative business transaction instead of a sporting event.

What the university presidents decided just isn’t going to be enough. In the end, many of football’s finest fans could find themselves walking away from a sport they love to watch every Saturday.

 

Image from the NASCAR Nationwide Series Twitter Account

The Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series share a race weekend again, but it was a fulltime NASCAR Nationwide Series driver who captured the pole for the 12th Annual Feed the Children 300 from Kentucky Speedway. Austin Dillion, driver of the No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, captured his second pole of the season with a speed of 172.199mph. Dillon beat out his RCR teammate, Kevin Harvick, and Penske Racing driver and previous winner Brad Keselowski. Coverage for the Feed the Children 300 starts Friday at 7pm EST with the NASCAR Countdown on ESPN.

Starting Lineup:

1. Austin Dillon
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Sam Hornish, Jr.
5. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
6. Denny Hamlin
7.  Justin Allgaier
8. Kurt Busch
9. Michael Annett
10. Cole Whitt (In-Race Reporter)
11. Danica Patrick
12. Elliott Sadler
13. James Buescher (Won the Truck Race last night)
14. Ryan Blaney
15. Brian Scott
16. Jamie Dick
17. Mike Bliss
18. Josh Richards
19. Jason Bowles
20. Brad Sweet
21. Jeremy Clements
22. Scott Speed
23. Tanner Berryhill
24. Joe Nemechek
25. Reed Sorenson
26. Kenny Wallace
27. Danny Efland
28. Jeff Green
29. Scott Riggs
30. Timmy Hill
31. Chase Miller
32. Tim Andrews
33. Tayler Malsam
34. Mike Wallace
35. Erik Darnell
36. Morgan Shepherd
37. TJ Bell
38. Josh Wise
39. Kevin Lepage
40. Eric McClure
41. Jamie Mosley
42. Johanna Long
43. Blake Koch

 DNQ: John Jackson

The 2012 NBA Draft is starting in about 45 minutes.  Be sure to refresh the page to see pick by pick commentary from our resident NBA junkie, Hook. Read the rest of this entry »

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This week the NASCAR Camping World, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup gets take to the 1.5-mile oval of Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. While the Camping World and Nationwide Series have been here numerous times, this is only the second time for the Sprint Cup Series to head to the track. Will the traffic woes of 2011 happen again? Big news this week out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is that Matt Kenseth and Roush-Fenway Racing agreed to an amicable split. Does this split hinder Kenseth’s chance at capturing another title? Let’s get ready for some Saturday night racing!

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: 

2011 Pole Winner: Johnny Sauter
2011 Winner: Kyle Busch
Laps: 150
Distance: 225 Miles

Thursday, June 28, 2012:

2:30PM The 10: Greatest Truck Series Moments SPEED
5:00PM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying SPEED
6:30PM Race Hub SPEED
7:30PM NCWTS Setup SPEED
8:00PM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race SPEED
(UHOH 225)
10:30PM The 10: Greatest Soundbites in NASCAR History SPEED

NASCAR Nationwide Series: 

2011 Pole Winner: Elliott Sadler
2011 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Laps: 200
Distance: 300 Miles

Friday, June 29, 2012:

11:30AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice SPEED
12:30PM NASCAR Live SPEED
1:30PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice SPEED
3:00PM  NASCAR Live SPEED
3:30PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying SPEED
5:00PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying SPEED
6:30PM Trackside SPEED
7:00PM NASCAR Countdown ESPN
7:30PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Race ESPN
(Feed the Children 300. In Race Reporter: Cole Whitt. Carl Edwards  will be in the booth)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: 

2011 Pole Winner: Kyle Busch
2011 Winner: Kyle Busch
Laps: 267
Distance: 400.5 Miles

Saturday, June 30, 2012:

3:30PM NASCAR Performance SPEED
4:00PM NASCAR SPEED Center SPEED
4:30PM NASCAR RaceDay SPEED
6:30PM Countdown to Green TNT
7:30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race TNT
(Quaker State 400)
11:00PM NASCAR Victory Lane SPEED

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Race Information:

When: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Where: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY
Laps: 267
Distance: 400.5

Clint Bowyer won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup road race at Sonoma on Sunday and hopes to build momentum this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The win was also his first win as a member of Michael Waltrip Racing, but can Bowyer give them another first; a berth to the Chase for the Sprint Cup?

This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gets ready for a Saturday night showdown at the 1.5-mile oval of Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. This is only the second Sprint Cup race at the track and many hope the traffic woes of 2011 are a thing of the past.

Many of NASCAR’s fans never made it to their seats to see the Kyle Busch dominant, leading the most laps from the pole position. A win for Busch would definitely help the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who has had engine troubles three of the last four weeks which has caused him to fall to 12th in the points standings. Read the rest of this entry »

(Photo by Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Race Information: 

When: Friday, June 29, 2012
Where: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY
Laps: 200
Distance: 300 Miles

To my left we have Brad Keselowski, who is running triple duty this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, and to my right we have Joey Logano, who is hotter than the south during the summer this season in the Nationwide Series. Both are coming to Kentucky with impressive stats at the 1.5-mile oval; however, its Logano that has one the most races this season and at this track. Friday night will mark his 100th start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Will Logano get win number five of the last six races, or will another driver spoil all the fun?

Last year, Brad Keselowski saved just enough fuel to hold off fellow Sprint Cup Series drivers, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick to win his first Nationwide Series race of the 2011 season and the 13th of his career. At one point of the race, Keselowski had a two second lead over Harvick, but ended up beating him to the finish line by 1.180 seconds.

Can you say holy points? Road courses are always the one track that many don’t want to see hurt a driver’s chance at winning the championship, but it seems that they actually helped. Elliott Sadler, the points leader, gained three points on his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Austin Dillon. Sadler did however lose four points to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.. But don’t look now, Penske Racing’s Sam Hornish, Jr. is coming into the points conversation. He is currently 34 points out of the lead, and is making his Nationwide Series track debut at Kentucky where he has posted two wins during his IndyCar Series career. Read the rest of this entry »

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Race Information:

When: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Where: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky
Laps: 150
Distance: 225 Miles

It seems like it has been a while since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the track for some beating and banging, but in reality it has only been a few weeks. The last time the series hit the track was June 8th at Texas Motor Speedway. One person having a great week in the NCWTS is Nelson Piquet, Jr., who won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America last Saturday afternoon. Can he win in the trucks this weekend?

Kentucky Speedway has been good to previous NCWTS champions, as six out of 11 previous winners at the Sparta track have gone on to win the championship.

Last year, Kyle Busch started from the rear and was able to hold off Parker Kligerman to win the Thursday night showdown. The win was Busch’s fifth of the season and 98th national series victory, third most all time.  Don’t expect a repeat this weekend from Busch, as the only race he is in this weekend is the Sprint Cup race on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s no secret the majority of us here at Total Sports Blog are Knicks fans.  While I don’t think New York should re-sign guard/forward Landry Fields in the offseason, my mind may change if his new girlfriend Elaine Alden will be sitting courtside in 2012.  For more proof that the benefits of being a professional athlete don’t stop at fame and fortune, check out some photos of this week’s Total Sports Babe WAG:

Elaine Alden

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