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Ed Coombs

Ed began covering NASCAR for the former Gater Racing News regularly in 2000. He began working with Speedway Media in 2003 by supplying exclusive photos from the races covered. Currently he is the Editor and Assistant Publisher of Speedway Media. He also manages staff and credentialing. With the closing down of Gater News after nearly 50 years he hopes to become a more regular contributor at Speedway Media as a writer and photographer. My Twitter name is @coombsed feel free to follow me I am a member of the National Motorsports Press Association.

Carl Edwards has Come a Long Way on Road Courses

When Carl Edwards first visited Watkins Glen International in 2005, it was for a test session for the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series cars that he ran for Jack Roush Racing. This writer recalls it fondly because I’ll never forget how wide-eyed and excited he was before he went out on the track.

You Never Know Who You’ll Run Into at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen International has always set a full schedule of off-track activities during the annual NASCAR stop at the upstate NY venue including autograph sessions, driver appearances, opportunities to have coffee with track executives (president and vice president) and concerts every night of the race weekend.

A Lot Went on at Watkins Glen, But Today Was About Earnhardt Jr.

It’s been a long time since the large media center at Watkins Glen was full, but full it was when Earnhardt took to the stage at noon sharp today to discuss his progress since stepping out of his No 88 race car a few weeks ago due to side effects of a concussion that was incurred at Michigan in June.

Watkins Glen Finds Another Way to Use a Race Track

When I heard that the track was selected to host the jam band Phish for their Magnaball festival just a couple of weeks after the big NASCAR race weekend this summer I decided that I needed to see how the track facilities would be used for such an event due to the significant differences in the events. The festival was a three-day event that had one main theme; Phish and their music.

Watkins Glen – Anyone Can Win it!

Jeff Gordon has had great success at Watkins Glen and in what is his last time running at the road course in upstate New York. Gordon has 4 wins, 6 top 5’s and an average finish of 14.8. Jeff was asked what the road courses meant to his career. “I think early on I just remember wanting to take on every challenge as a team that we possibly could to improve to be a bigger threat for the championship,” he said.

On the Edge with Ed: Plate Racing

Long time readers of my columns know that I am not a fan of restrictor-plate racing. It’s not for the reasons that most think of after this week’s chaos at the end of the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway last Monday morning (that’s another story, for another day).

On the Edge with Ed: Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen International currently leads the voting in USA Today’s favorite NASCAR track as I write this. Since I follow them on Facebook I get almost daily updates on the progress and in one case there was a photo of fans in the grandstands that included a group of almost 30 friends cheering on the exciting racing at the Glen.

On the Edge with Ed: Charlotte Race Week

As we head into this holiday weekend let’s not forget the tremendous sacrifice that many before us have endured for us all to enjoy our lives the way we do. Thank you to all servicemen and women, their families and loved ones for your current and past service, this American appreciates you!

On the Edge With Ed: Junior’s Edition

A couple of weeks ago Dale Earnhardt would have turned 65 years old and there were many tributes in the media to the Intimidator. There were many more, in various forms, all over social media. But one thing I noted via Twitter was that Kevin Harvick had given Dale Earnhardt Jr. a diecast car of one of his father’s first race cars. What was even neater was the fact that you could see in the photo that the car was autographed.

On the Edge With Ed – Life

The day truly put things into perspective for me. Live life to the fullest; enjoy your time here, with those you love. We get just a sliver of time. Godspeed Steve Byrnes and George Greiner, you'll both be missed.

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