Nick Bromberg

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles, which is appropriate because his first words as a child were "Go car, go." A lifelong sports fan, Missouri alum and Kansas City lifer, Nick is all too familiar with losing and heartbreak. Nick is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist so if he isn't watching cars go in circles, he's likely at the gym.

  • Is NASCAR’s laser inspection station completely accurate and repeatable? Chicago race-winner Martin Truex Jr. is certainly wondering about that.

    Truex’s car failed post-race laser inspection following Sunday’s race. While NASCAR made a big deal about giving teams “encumbered” finishes for severe post-race inspection failures, it said Sunday afternoon that the failures of Truex’s car and Jimmie Johnson’s car weren’t to the baseline established for an encumbered finish.

    Martin Truex Jr.'s car failed post-race inspection (Getty).
    Martin Truex Jr.’s car failed post-race inspection (Getty).

    So Truex will very likely get to keep his win, which guarantees he’ll be a part of the second round of the Chase. He told NBC Sports after the race that he thought his team could push his car through the laser inspection station four times and get four different readings.

    Truex’s car failed measurements regarding the skew in the rear of the car.

    “It’s just crazy how that works,” the Furniture Row Racing driver told NBC Sports. “We could probably go across that

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  • Kevin Harvick got caught on pit road when a caution came out for a loose wheel (Getty)
    Kevin Harvick got caught on pit road when a caution came out for a loose wheel (Getty)

    Throughout 2016 we may have way too many quick thoughts for our post-race posts. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below.

    • NASCAR was very quick to call for a caution flag because of a tire in the infield during the first round of pit stops in Sunday’s race at Chicago.

    The tire rolled from a team’s pit box and came to rest in the infield grass as teams were heading to pit road under green flag conditions. Not long after the tire found its resting spot, NASCAR deemed it was a safety hazard and threw a yellow.

    As many teams had not come to pit road, the caution jumbled up the running order. Most notably, Kevin Harvick fell a lap down and ended up 20th after being unable to make his lap back for the rest of the day.

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    Read More »from Quick Takeaways from Chicago: That was an awfully quick yellow flag for the infield tire
  • Martin Truex is moving on to the second round of the Chase (Getty).
    Martin Truex is moving on to the second round of the Chase (Getty).

    Martin Truex Jr. is advancing to the next round of the Chase, though he’s advancing with the help of an illegal car.

    Truex’s car failed post-race inspection after he took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicago. NASCAR announced earlier in the week that it would take the win away from cars that had serious post-race laser inspection failures, but said Sunday that the failure by Truex’s team wasn’t severe enough to endanger his win.

    The win is important because it means Truex is guaranteed to be in the second round of the Chase’s four-round elimination format. A race win in one of the Chase’s first three three-race rounds gives a driver an automatic spot in the following round.

    Any penalties would be announced Tuesday or

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  • Ryan Newman doesn't regret what he said about Tony Stewart at Richmond

    Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman met in the NASCAR hauler Friday morning (AP).
    Tony Stewart (R) and Ryan Newman met in the NASCAR hauler Friday morning (AP).

    The past five days haven’t made Ryan Newman regret the things he said about Tony Stewart following the drivers’ crash at Richmond on Saturday.

    After Stewart drove Newman down the backstretch and the two ended up with mangled race cars, Newman said he guessed Stewart “thought he was in a sprint car, he couldn’t control his anger,” in a reference to the 2014 incident where Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward in a dirt track race.

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    Newman then called Stewart “bipolar” and said his former team owner and teammate had anger issues. Stewart, who is facing a wrongful death suit from the Ward family regarding the accident, was not charged with a crime.

    The two drivers met inside the NASCAR hauler Friday morning. After they exited, Newman had this to say via NBC Sports.

    “I don’t have any regrets about what I said. I am frustrated by the situations and the actions that came about

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  • It rained at Chicago on Friday, so qualifying got canceled (Getty Images).
    It rained at Chicago on Friday, so qualifying got canceled (Getty Images).

    The top two seeds in the Chase will start on the front row after NASCAR’s decision to cancel Friday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Chicago.

    Kyle Busch is awarded the pole while Brad Keselowski will start second as the field is set by owner points via the rulebook for the first race of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup.

    Rain arrived at Chicago during the middle of the day Friday and postponed the first practice session. NASCAR made the decision with practice for race setups being deemed more important than qualifying given the day’s packed schedule. Xfinity Series practice is also scheduled for the day as well as Friday evening’s Camping World Truck Series race and a qualifying session to precede it.

    As Busch and Keselowski will start first, the 14 other Chase drivers will start behind them in positions 3-16. The qualifying washout creates the closest thing to a straight-up battle

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  • Cole Custer to drive for Stewart-Haas' Xfinity Series team in 2017

    BOWMANVILLE, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, poses beside his car before the start of teh race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on September 4, 2016 in Bowmanville, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/NASCAR/NASCAR via Getty Images)
    BOWMANVILLE, ON – SEPTEMBER 04: Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, poses beside his car before the start of teh race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on September 4, 2016 in Bowmanville, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/NASCAR/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    Cole Custer will move to the Xfinity Series in 2017 and drive for Stewart-Haas Racing’s future entry.

    Custer’s move to NASCAR’s No. 2 series isn’t a surprise; he’s the son of SHR executive Joe Custer and has driven for JR Motorsports in 2016 with the sponsorship of Haas Automation. The company is owned by SHR co-owner Gene Haas and will also sponsor Custer in the Xfinity Series.

    “Cole Custer has accomplished a lot at a very young age and is well positioned to make the next step to the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” SHR vice president of competition Greg Zipadelli said in a statement “Our goal with our Xfinity Series program is to develop young talent, and that includes behind the wheel. Cole has earned this opportunity

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  • Denny Hamlin: No one has had worse luck in the Chase than I have

    Denny Hamlin has three wins in 2016, including the Daytona 500 (Getty).
    Denny Hamlin has three wins in 2016, including the Daytona 500 (Getty).

    Don’t try to tell Denny Hamlin your favorite driver has had more heartbreak in the Chase than he has. He’ll have none of it.

    “There’s nobody that’s had worse luck in the Chase than I have,” Hamlin said Thursday. “That’s a fact. I can rattle off every year – when I look at performance I think that 2014 we went all the way to the Final 4 and we were one caution away – nine laps to go leading the race from winning that championship.

    “2010 [when Hamlin lost the points lead over the last two races to Jimmie Johnson] we got beat, we made some mistakes … Last year we were leading the points and the roof hatch happened. So, if I’m going to be eliminated I want it to be straight up and nothing happen and – knock on wood – things have been very, very ultra-reliable in our race cars over the course of the season and really since Texas of last year … Eventually, even the Red Sox won the World Series so for sure I’m thinking I

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  • No, Jimmie Johnson is not enjoying being an underdog as the Chase begins

    Jimmie Johnson's two wins came in the first five races of 2016 (Getty).
    Jimmie Johnson’s two wins came in the first five races of 2016 (Getty).

    Jimmie Johnson is in an unfamiliar role entering the 2016 Chase.

    The six-time champion’s team hasn’t shown much speed this season. Yeah, Johnson has two race wins, but they both came within the first five races of the season.

    He’s tied for 11th in the series with 10 top-10 finishes. 11th! That’s also the points position he was in after the Southern 500 at Darlington before sneaking back into the top 10 in points before the points reset for the start of the Chase.

    This whole thing is new for Johnson. And he’s not a fan of it.

    “Hell, I’d rather be dominating and be on top and be the top pick,” Johnson said. “I don’t like where we’re at. We’re working hard. There’s a lot of optimism and a lot of great things happening. We just need to deliver consistently and execute at the track.

    “The way that the Chase works, if we can run in the top five and stay alive and make it to Homestead, you know, we do have some time to sort

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  • Tony Stewart is retiring at the end of the 2016 season (Getty).
    Tony Stewart is retiring at the end of the 2016 season (Getty).

    Tony Stewart is publicly determined to not let the inflammatory things Ryan Newman said about him at Richmond affect his mindset for the Chase.

    Stewart and Newman tangled in the final quarter of Saturday’s race. Newman made contact with Stewart — not the first time the two had touched while racing for position during the race — and Stewart put a backstretch-long block on him before the two finally crashed.

    After the accident, Newman made a veiled reference to Stewart hitting and killing Kevin Ward at a sprint car race in 2014 and called the three-time champion “bipolar” while encouraging fans to search Stewart’s name with the word “anger.”

    “I haven’t heard anything from him,” Stewart said Thursday at NASCAR’s Chase media day. You know, it’s like I said, it would be easy to take it personal.  But, I mean, that was the deciding factor in his season, whether he was going to make the Chase or not.”

    Newman entered the Richmond

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  • UPDATED 8:30 p.m. ET

    Robby Gordon made a brief statement in front of his father’s home Thursday afternoon and said the truth about what happened would come out.

    “The truth will come out, what went down there,” Gordon said via the AP.

    According to police, Robert Gordon strangled his wife Sharon and shot himself.

    Gordon’s father, known by many as “Baja Bob,” helped immensely with his son’s racing career and also helped drivers like six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson move through the racing ranks.

    “He taught me at a young age that 1 horsepower wasn’t going to be enough – go do something different,” Gordon said. “And I was fortunate enough to do something different.”

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    Robby Gordon’s father and his father’s wife were found dead in an Orange County, California, home Wednesday evening.

    The bodies of Robert Gordon,

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