Stories by Don Coble

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

New 'Chase' is smashing success

The fact two of the final four drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship finished one-two in the season-ending race was a "home run," according to NASCAR chairman Brian France.
By Don Coble

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Harvick wins Homestead to claim first championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick has claimed his first career Sprint Cup championship with a win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
By Don Coble

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

No time for fast talk in Chase finale

The highest-finishing driver among the final four in today's Ford EcoBoost 400 will be the newest champion in NASCAR.
By Don Coble

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Gordon relishes chance to play spoiler from pole

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jeff Gordon can't win the Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but he stole a little attention from the four who can during pole qualifying Friday.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Sprint Cup Series champ will be crowned Sunday

Four drivers have the same chance to win the Sprint Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
By Don Coble

ESPN gears up for final NASCAR race

There have been several defining moments in NASCAR's rise in popularity, but few have had a more-lasting effect than ESPN. Despite years of success, NASCAR will switch to Fox Sports and NBC next year.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Cell phones are invaluable to NASCAR crewmen

One of the most important tools in NASCAR is found in a crewman's pocket, not a tool box. It's a cell phone.
By Don Coble

Keselowski won't back down

Brad Keselowski is facing the growing ire of fellow drivers who don't like his aggressive moves throughout the Chase for the Championship.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Keselowski must win one of next two races

Brad Keselowski is back in a familiar spot - essentially needing a win to advance to the next round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
By Don Coble

Finish line is in sight in NASCAR

As the NASCAR season gets closer to the finish line in three races, surviving drivers often are nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to advance to the next round.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Owner praises his duo of Keselowski and Logano

Race team owner Roger Penske says the Brad Keselowski-Joey Logano grouping is special.
By Don Coble

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Chase moves on without big-name drivers

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch all were knocked out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
By Don Coble

Keselowski advances, Johnson, Earnhardt eliminated from Chase

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Brad Keselowski pulled away in overtime for one of the biggest wins of his career and earned an automatic berth into the third round of NASCAR's championship race.
By Don Coble

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Kenseth still steaming after last week's dustup

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Brad Keselowski admitted he got off easy following last Saturday's post-race fracas at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Johnson, Earnhardt in tough spots

Even with three victories apiece this yearJimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are likely to be eliminated from the playoffs Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
By Don Coble

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Keselowski, Stewart fined after Charlotte fracas

The post-race crashes and fistfights at the Charlotte Motor Speedway created headlines, but it won't have any other effect on the Chase for the Championship.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Harvick has had a string of bad luck

Kevin Harvick has eight pole positions this year - six of them with track-record speeds. He has also led 1,653 laps - nearly twice as many as his career-best season in 2006. Very little of that ...
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Previous wins mean little in new Chase format

Brad Keselowski has five wins this year and Joey Logano has four. Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth don't have a single victory. But when the second round of the Chase starts, all will be tied in the ...
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Chase drivers at bottom must win one of final two races

Aric Almirola's chances to advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship probably went up in smoke last week at Chicagoland Speedway.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

'Chase' is survival of the fittest

Greg Biffle's season was a lot like last Saturday night's race at Richmond International Speedway with the competition continuing to pull further ahead.
By Don Coble
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