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Jim Pedley, Managing Editor

Jim Pedley is a veteran, award-winning sports journalist who has worked at, among other places, the Boston Globe, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Kansas City Star. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Busch Wins Cup Title; No Asterisk This Time
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 – 20:05 | No Comment
Busch Wins Cup Title; No Asterisk This Time

Kyle Busch celebrates winning the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Kyle Busch picked the perfect time to end his much-discussed 2019 losing streak Sunday and that would be at the championship-deciding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The victory, his first victory […]

Oldster Crafton Wins Truck Title
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 – 9:41 | No Comment
Oldster Crafton Wins Truck Title

Matt Crafton hoists his championship trophy. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Matt Crafton, a 43-year-old veteran of 19 full seasons in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, took home his third championship with a second-place finish in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Crafton claimed the title without winning a race this season, but that […]

Texas’ Woes Reflect NASCAR’s Woes
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 – 16:06 | 9 Comments
Texas’ Woes Reflect NASCAR’s Woes

There used to be butts in them thar seats. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jim Pedley | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

There is that old saying that is usually attributed to moms or aunts or somebody who bakes really good pies: If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything. Glad mom won’t be reading the […]

Penske Acquires Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Monday, Nov 4, 2019 – 15:19 | No Comment
Penske Acquires Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have a new owner. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Hulman & Company, owners of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series, announced on Monday that a deal has been reached in which their assets would be acquired by businessman and racing legend Roger Penske.

The announcement was […]

Elliott Steps Out Of His Car As One Of The Eight
Monday, Oct 21, 2019 – 9:36 | Comments Off on Elliott Steps Out Of His Car As One Of The Eight
Elliott Steps Out Of His Car As One Of The Eight

Chase Elliott, front, went around and around at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. And when he stopped, he had a berth in the Round of Eight. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Jim Fluharty)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Every, like, five minutes during Sunday’s broadcast of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway (OK, every, like, 20 minutes […]

Blaney Wins Door-Banger At Talladega
Monday, Oct 14, 2019 – 17:57 | Comments Off on Blaney Wins Door-Banger At Talladega
Blaney Wins Door-Banger At Talladega

Ryan Blaney’s first win of the season was a big one and an exciting one. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

On Columbus Day, Ryan Blaney discovered how to win a stock car race.

Blaney has spent the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season as the forgotten member in Team Penske’s powerhouse […]

INDYCAR Comes Up With A Winner – Hybrid Power
Thursday, Aug 1, 2019 – 15:30 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Comes Up With A Winner – Hybrid Power
INDYCAR Comes Up With A Winner – Hybrid Power

INDYCAR is taking a bold step forward by switching on hybrid power in 2022.

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

With all the idiotic, transparently gimmick-based changes that American auto racing series have been splatting against walls in recent years, it has never been easier to become a cynic of the sport.

But on Thursday, INDYCAR announced a […]

Sitting At The Intersection Of NASCAR And Apollo 11
Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 – 13:02 | Comments Off on Sitting At The Intersection Of NASCAR And Apollo 11
Sitting At The Intersection Of NASCAR And Apollo 11

Yes, it really happened 50 years ago.

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Many years back, an old college friend and road racing freak asked me about NASCAR’s version of going fast. What’s it like “covering the Gomers?” the guy, who was a pure science guy in school, wondered.

The implication of his question/statement was that NASCAR […]

Words Always Precede Racing On Cup Weekends
Saturday, Jul 6, 2019 – 18:10 | Comments Off on Words Always Precede Racing On Cup Weekends
Words Always Precede Racing On Cup Weekends

Another NASCAR tradition – the July 4th weekend race at Daytona – bites the dust this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

They call the little Q and A sessions they have with drivers or officials in media centers on NASCAR Cup Series race weekends “breakout sessions” these days. […]

Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America
Friday, Jun 28, 2019 – 9:15 | Comments Off on Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America
Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America

Road America is, by consensus, considered a world class road circuit. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Just before the start of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, Fox Sports’ Mike Joy let go with a Mike Joy. Dripping with condescending and take-my-word-as-gospel tone, he let go with this: Sonoma is […]