Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Calif Legislature looking into legalizing sports betting;Wallace insists rope was noose (see photo) ; plus more

@bobpockrass photo: NASCAR’s only black driver Bubba Wallace’s crew member found a noose in his garage stall on Sunday night. Wallace had pushed for banning the Confederate flag symbols at NASCAR races. The FBI concluded from video evidence that the noose had been at stall number four since October 2019 long before Wallace was booked for that stall last weekend it was later determined it was not a noose but a door pull. Wallace on Don Lemon Tonight on CNN said he knows what a noose looks like adding, “tied in 2019 or now it was a noose.”

On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 California Legislature is considering legalizing sports betting but casinos are putting up a fight as it would cut into their sports book business.

#2 Bubba Wallace NASCAR’s only black driver who two weeks ago pushed for banning the Confederate flag at NASCAR events. A member of Wallace’s crew found a noose in his garage stall late Sunday afternoon. After bringing in 15 FBI agents for an investigation into who left the noose in garage stall four where Wallace was at Talladega. Video evidence showed that the noose had been there since October 2019 and it was determined it was not a noose but a door pull.  No one would have known that Wallace would have been at that stall going forward. The FBI said they will not pursue federal charges. Wallace insisted on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight on Tuesday night that it was a noose.

#3 Webb Simpson won the RBC Heritage on Sunday after finishing 7 under Par 64 at Harbour Town at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

#4 Tiz the Law set a record winning the Belmont Stakes last Saturday in what is one of the few live sports in the Coronavirus era. Tiz the Law with his victory became the first New York bred horse to win at the Belmont in 138 years.

#5 After someone who visited the San Francisco Giants training facility in Scottsdale who was Covid-19 positive the facility was immediately shut down on Friday night. The person was a family member and several other individuals are being tested who had come in contact with this positive tested person. Teams who have closed facilities Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and the Giants.

Join Barbara for Headline Sports each Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Huff doubles down will attend Trump Rally after being banned at Giants celebration; Cal gets first win on the road this season; plus more

photo from larrybrownsports.com: Aubrey Huff former San Francisco Giant will not be attending the Giants 10th World Series celebration of the 2010 World Series Championship

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 Ex-San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff who will not be invited to the Giants tenth anniversary of their 2010 World Series reunion because of sexists tweets and also tweeting his kids would need to start taking target practice in the event Sen Bernie Sanders wins and his family had to live in a social society. The Giants stated because of these remarks he will not be invited to their 10th anniversary celebration of the 2010 World’s Championship.

#2 It’s been a long strange trip but the Cal Bears finally won a road game their first for this season at Washington State the Bears hope to get another road win on Saturday at Washington

#3 The San Jose Earthquakes open up their regular season against Toronto on Sat Feb 29th. The Quakes struggled all last season and are hoping for an improved season coming up.

#4 Daytona 500 race car driver Ryan Newman recovered rather quickly considering his car flipped over on the course in a heap of flames. Newman went into the hospital in serious condition but with non life threatening injuries. He was out of the hospital on Thursday.

#5 Washington signed running back Adrian Peterson for 2020 it will be Peterson’s 14th year in the NFL.

London does Headline Sports each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Sonoma Raceway: Truex keeps ahead of Busch for his fourth checkered flag

photo from mercurynews.com: Martin Truex Jr celebrates winning the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday

By Tom Zulewski

SONOMA — As the laps wound down at the Toyota/SaveMart 350 on Sunday, Martin Truex Jr. didn’t have too much to worry about — until he found a mirror full of Kyle Busch, who was closing in fast. When the checkered flag fell, Truex had just enough to keep his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate at bay and win on the newly-expanded road course for the second year in a row.

The driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota took his fourth checkered flag of the 2019 season. “I was just trying to get all I could out of the car and not burn the tires up too much,” said Truex, who became the first repeat winner at Sonoma Raceway since Jeff Gordon won three straight from 1998-2000. “I knew Kyle pitted later than I did and had fresher tires. He was beating us pretty good for a while and I had to try and manage my car the best I could. If I could maintain a decent gap, we’d start to equal (lap times) out. “From there, it was run 10 perfect laps and don’t screw up.”

Truex Jr. stayed good enough to beat Busch by 1.861 seconds. Ryan Blaney came in third and Matt DiBenedetto had a career-best finish of fourth place. “It’s a little bit harder when you’re the leader,” Truex crew chief Cole Pearn said. “There are spots where you have to follow for a couple of corners, and you can lose three, four, five-tenths a lap. That’s enough to close and get a dive-bomb, so that’s all we were really worried about.”

Busch thought his chances of catching and passing Truex were limited. “I didn’t think there was gonna be a lot of a chance when I got there considering he was gonna be riding around and saving his tires,” Busch said. “It was gonna be a tall order to keep my momentum and speed going for the entire run.” Busch got his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota within a second of Truex, but couldn’t get any closer over the final five laps around the 2.52-mile layout that featured the return of the Carousel, a blind corner that returned as part of the track after a two-decade absence.

DiBenedetto, who hails from nearby Grass Valley, said he was looking forward to joining friends and family to watch the race on tape. “I’m going to text A.J. (Allmendinger) when I get back (home),” DiBenedetto said. “I’ve always been confident in my ability to wheel a race car, but I’m going against guys that are so good and so experienced, we had to make sure we got the car right.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – 31st Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma, California

Sunday, June 23, 2019

1. (8) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 90.

2. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 90.

3. (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 90.

4. (19) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 90.

5. (6) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 90.

6. (23) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 90.

7. (21) Ryan Newman, Ford, 90.

8. (32) Erik Jones, Toyota, 90.

9. (15) Aric Almirola, Ford, 90.

10. (1) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 90.

11. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 90.

12. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 90.

13. (16) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 90.

14. (12) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 90.

15. (25) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 90.

16. (10) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 90.

17. (5) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 90.

18. (22) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 90.

19. (2) William Byron, Chevrolet, 90.

20. (18) David Ragan, Ford, 90.

21. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 90.

22. (24) Paul Menard, Ford, 90.

23. (3) Joey Logano, Ford, 90.

24. (26) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 90.

25. (13) Michael McDowell, Ford, 89.

26. (30) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 89.

27. (31) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 89.

28. (28) Matt Tifft #, Ford, 89.

29. (20) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 89.

30. (29) Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, 89.

31. (35) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 89.

32. (27) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 89.

33. (37) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 89.

34. (33) Justin Haley(i), Chevrolet, 88.

35. (38) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 88.

36. (34) Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, Fatigue, 64.

37. (4) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, Engine, 60.

38. (36) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 53.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 83.922 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 42 Mins, 9 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.861 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 2 for 6 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Larson 0;W. Byron 1-21;C. Elliott 22-24;M. Truex Jr. 25-37;D. Hamlin 38-41;M. Truex Jr. 42-63;K. Busch 64-66;M. Truex Jr. 67-90.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Martin Truex Jr. 3 times for 59 laps; William Byron 1 time for 21 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 4 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 3 laps; Chase Elliott 1 time for 3 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 10,11,21,22,24,37,4,42,48,88

Stage #2 Top Ten: 11,17,18,19,2,22,24,42,43,9

Tom Zulewski covers the NASCAR Somona Raceway each year at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports Podcast with Tony Renteria: OJ to be paroled in October; Most likely to live with his children in Florida

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

On the Headlines Sports Podcast with Tony:

1 OJ Simpson former San Francisco 49ers running back after spending nine years in Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada is set to be paroled on October 1st. Simpson was told by the board that he would be paroled for the crime of robbery for his sports merchandise in a Vegas Hotel. Simpson simply said, “Oh God Oh” when he was told he would be paroled.

2 Tony talks about how the stigma of the 1992 double murder charges which Simpson was found not guilty of and how his nine year property robbery sentence played a role in those murder charges as sort of pay back

3 The Los Angeles Clippers signing of star Blake Griffin to a five year deal was as Griffin put it a no brainer, Griffin said he started his career in LA and wants to end it with the Clippers

4 Race car driver Dale Earnhardt’s wife Amy said on social media that this would be Earnhardt’s finals season of auto racing. Earnhardt has suffered enough concussions and that his recovery process from the injuries were taking a toll and that she wanted to see Earnhardt to stay healthy and live out his many remaining years

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports Podcast each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Harvick breaks drought to capture Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Tom Zulewski

After 20 races without traversing victory lane, Kevin Harvick was desperate for redemption.

He finally got it Sunday.

It had been more than a year since the 2014 Sprint Cup champion had finished first, but he finally tasted victory after transitioning from Chevrolet to Ford for Stewart-Hass Racing at Sonoma Raceway’s Toyota/Save Mart 350—in a relatively clean race, at that. At the windy road course, there was over an hour without a caution flag, almost unheard of at a track of the type.

Harvick took the lead from Brad Keselowski with 22 laps remaining and held on for his first win of 2017 at the Toyota/SaveMart 350. It was his first win at the first of NASCAR’s two road- course races, and Harvick became the 10th different driver to earn his first win at Sonoma in the last 12 years. With the new stage racing format in play for the first time, new records were set with 13 lead changes and 10 different drivers who led a lap.

Harvick’s SHR teammate, Clint Bowyer, finished second as the race ended under caution when Kasey Kahne crashed into a cement retaining wall on the 110th and final lap of the race. There were five cautions in total, only two involving accidents (Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick got together in the uphill turn 1 at lap 16, and the pair had a similar incident 16 laps later in turn 4 that ended the day for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and one for debris at lap 40.

Harvick won for the 36th time in his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup career and became the 11th different driver to win a race this season. He qualified 12th and his average speed was 78.710 mph. Martin Truex Jr., the 2013 winner at Sonoma, won Stage 1, but ran into engine trouble and finished 37th. Jimmie Johnson, who won at Sonoma in 2010, won Stage 2, led 12 laps, but finished 13th.

 

 

NASCAR Sprint Car Race: At long last, Stewart breaks winless drought at Sonoma

By Tom Zulewski

sfgate.com photo: Toyota/Save Mart 350 winner Tony Stewart celebrates his third win at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday
Since I began my career in sports writing nearly 20 years ago, one of the bigger lessons I was taught was when it comes to being a good reporter, you simply have to keep cheering out of the words you put on a page.
With what went down at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., on Sunday, it was next to impossible to not jump up and down like a kid about to be let loose in a candy store.
For all the heartaches, all the bad luck, all the stress and pain, Tony Stewart finally grabbed a dose of nirvana at a track he’s more than familiar with.
Stewart got a break when a well-timed pit stop put him in front, then he worked a final restart to perfection and had to hold off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin to win the Toyota/SaveMart 350. It was Stewart’s eighth road-course win (third at Sonoma) and 49th career Sprint Cup win, but it meant so much more than an average race day.
The last time Stewart won came at Dover on June 2, 2013. Three years and 24 days later – a stretch of 84 races – Stewart found his way back to Victory Lane.
And if you can’t appreciate how it unfolded, please go back and check yourself for a pulse, heart or soul.
At lap 83, Stewart and his No. 14 Chevrolet sat in 17th place. Five laps later, the race’s fourth and final caution came out. All of a sudden, Stewart found himself in front of the field.
He didn’t let it go over the final 22 laps, including one precarious restart and two bump-and-run exchanges with Hamlin in the final three turns.
Just like Kyle Busch before him one year ago, Stewart – despite missing the first eight races – has met the first requirement for making the 2016 Chase. One checkered flag in the win column.
Now comes the harder part. Stewart still needs to get to the top 30 in points, but he’s closer than you think.
With 10 races to go until the Chase, Stewart is 32nd in points, but only nine behind Brian Scott and three behind Regan Smith. Since he returned eight races ago, Stewart had struggled with only one top-10 and three straight early exits.
But after a seventh-place run at Michigan two weeks ago, it had the feeling of a turn-the-corner moment for the entire Stewart-Haas Racing organization.
When the checkered flag flew, the picture captured by the Fox cameras of Stewart’s father, Nelson, wiping away tears showed you just how special the breakthrough moment was. Stewart led laps only one other time on the 2016 season at Kansas, but ended up 12th.
In the bigger picture, Stewart may have the win, but he can’t afford to backslide into finishes he endured at places like Dover (34th), Charlotte (24th) and Pocono (34th) if he wants one last shot at a fourth Sprint Cup title.
Smoke is also one win away from becoming the 13th driver in NASCAR history to reach 50 career wins. After what he’s been through since his last one, from the broken leg that cost him 15 races in 2013 to the tragic accident involving Kevin Ward and missing the first eight races this year due to a non-racing injury, Tony Stewart has definitely risen from the ashes.
Stewart said he wasn’t having much fun driving a Sprint Cup car to the media on Friday. What a difference a little luck can make to improve the feeling.
Tom Zulewski is passionate about racing and his blog can be found at throughthegearbox.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tomzsports or email tominator19@yahoo.com