Stories by Don Coble

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NASCAR owner has decisions to make

One reason why industrialist Gene Haas is so successful is he doesn't follow the conventional path.
By Don Coble

New car is working out for NASCAR

There have been very few complaints so far about NASCAR's newest race car. They've been fast and stable, and many believe they've produced some of the best racing in years.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Elliot's win thrills Dawsonville, Ga.

Patrons around the Dawsonville Pool Room put down their Bully Burgers and hand-cut french fries in time to celebrate the moment Chase Elliott crossed the finish line last Friday with his first ...
By Don Coble

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hamlin stuck in middle of a balancing act

Denny Hamlin has had to repair his reputation after he pulled out of a March race.
By Don Coble

NASCAR is spreading out the wealth with winners

With six winners after the first six races, the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship field already is filling up.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Flat tires are sign of times

Blowouts were a positive testament to NASCAR's new focus on winning in last week's Auto Club 400.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kenseth claims Penske is using 'satellite team' to get leg up

Matt Kenseth believes the reason Team Penske's Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have qualified no worse than fourth in NASCAR's the new knockout qualifying format is they're getting help from an ...
By Don Coble

NASCAR ratings plummet despite Junior's success

After four races this year, NASCAR is trying to figure out why television ratings have fallen at a record pace. Even a fast start by Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't helping.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hard work is paying off for Funny Car winner DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria isn’t the first woman to win in one of drag racing’s top series – Shirley Shahan became the first woman to win a national event in 1966 – but she might be the first woman rock star ...
By Don Coble

Drivers feel new format raises level of danger

Nothing has pumped more fear into one of NASCAR's biggest daredevils, Brian Vickers, than last Friday's qualifying session at Las Vegas Motor Speed­way.
By Don Coble

Nationwide Series double-dippers make most of opportunities

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski each have a victory and a second-place finish in the first three races of the Nationwide Series season. The fact they're full-time Sprint Cup drivers is a problem ...
By Don Coble

Monday, March 10, 2014

Faster tracks yet to see improved racing

If Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was any indication, there's still a lot of work remaining to make cars better for racing on the faster intermediate tracks.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Changes put more emphasis on winning

Given the choice between settling for a solid third-place finish last Sunday or risk it with a slim chance at winning, Joey Logano took the gamble.
By Don Coble

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

NASCAR's new qualifying format received mixed reviews

NASCAR's new qualifying rules received mixed reviews from Nationwide drivers who used the new format at Daytona. Most drivers on the Sprint Cup circuit will get their first taste of the process ...
By Don Coble

Earnhardt finally finds victory - and vindication

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally found a victory (and a big one) at Daytona, but more than that, he also earned a bit of vindication as well.
By Don Coble

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Win is vindication for Junior Nation

Sunday's Daytona 500 started with the return of the iconic No. 3 on the track. It ended with the return to prominence of his popular son.
By Don Coble

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Away from the track, Johnson has a mischievous side few get to see

Known for being so precise, if not a little stiff, Johnson actually has a mischievous side that few get the chance to see. And sometimes, he says things that contradict his corporate-safe image.
By Don Coble

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Gibbs would love to end long, 21-year drought at Daytona 500

As hard as it is to believe, a Joe Gibbs driver has not won the Daytona 500 in 21 years. Not since 1993, when Dale Jarrett got the job done.
By Don Coble

Nationwide's knockout qualifying leads to rookie on the pole

Rookie on pole for Nationwide race
By Don Coble

Swan Racing's Davis sets the tone for team's improbable spots in Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Swan Racing brought three race cars to Daytona International Speedway for two drivers. When Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman both crashed in practice on Wednesday, the team ...
By Don Coble