Stories by Don Coble

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Track czar still entertaining at 83

Bruton Smith has been getting people's attention in auto racing for more than 50 years. As the CEO and owner of Speedway Motorsports Inc., nothing is out of bounds.
By Don Coble

New rule prohibits tobacco sponsors

New government regulations for smokeless tobacco sponsorships couldn't have come at a worse time for two teams.
By Don Coble

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Eldest Busch takes big prize

CONCORD, N.C. --- The biggest difference between Kurt Busch's crash and everyone else's in the Sprint All-Star race Saturday night was the way his car rebounded.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NASCAR Newsmaker

Kurt Busch has one victory and a new contract at Penske Racing heading into this week's Sprint All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
By Don Coble

A look to the future

If NASCAR wanted to create a new identity for the Nationwide Series, it might have succeeded with the new Car of Tomorrow presented by Ford and Dodge.
By Don Coble

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Kyle Busch on top again at Dover

Busch beat Jimmie Johnson in a drag race off pit road with 37 laps left and won by a quarter-mile when Johnson was penalized.
By Don Coble

All-star race in doubt for recovering driver

Brian Vickers is out of the hospital, but nobody knows whether he will compete in Saturday's Sprint All-Star race.
By Don Coble

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Newsmaker: Alan Gustafson

Crew chief Alan Gustafson signed a four-year extension to remain at Hendrick Motorsports. But with the addition of Kasey Kahne for the 2012 season, he's not sure what his roll is.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Living from race to race

Phil Parsons hates the way he races. So do James Finch, Larry Gunselman, and Joe Nemechek. They live race to race, hoping to make enough money to pay for the next race.
By Don Coble

Thursday, April 29, 2010

NASCAR Newsmaker: Jeff Gordon

Although his losing streak stretched to 38 races Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, Jeff Gordon seems to have a new purpose this season.
By Don Coble

There's no time to spare

TALLADEGA, Ala. --- It takes a squadron of airplanes to shuttle NASCAR to and from races. It's become a necessary expense in a sport that has no time or patience to spare.
By Don Coble

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Harvick wins Sprint Cup race

Kevin Harvick snapped a 115-race winless streak by nipping Jamie McMurray at the finish line at Talladega Superspeedway.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spoiler to get first real test in Texas

Now that the space-aged wing is a thing of the past in NASCAR, one glaring question remains: Will the racing improve? Today's Samsung Mobile 500 could provide an answer.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NASCAR newsmaker: Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman broke a two-year winless streak Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway.
By Don Coble

Gambles are paying off

FORT WORTH, Texas --- Ryan Newman didn't have the fastest car in Saturday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. But like so many other winners this year, he didn't need one.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Phoenix race all about change

Saturday night's race at Phoenix International Raceway has a new starting time, a new distance, new rules and a new car. NASCAR promoted a season of change, but Phoenix took it a step further.
By Don Coble

Hamlin OK after surgery, plans to race

Denny Hamlin is scheduled to drive in Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway.
By Don Coble

NASCAR newsmaker: Joey Logano

Although he's just 19 and in his second Sprint Cup Series season, Joey Logano has emerged as the top-running driver at Joe Gibbs Racing.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Johnson’s reign at top frustrates rest of the field

Darrell Waltrip promised to work on Bill Elliott's confidence by playing mind games, suggesting he would be circling every week like a hungry shark.
By Don Coble
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