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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. Pedley has spent the last 10 years covering auto racing for the Kansas City Star.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Ganassi Pairs Hand With Pruett In Tudor Car
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 – 19:44 | No Comment
Ganassi Pairs Hand With Pruett In Tudor Car

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates closed out a big month of news by announcing Tuesday that Joey Hand will replace Memo Rojas as co-driver of the team’s No. 01 Daytona Prototype car in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship series.
Hand will team with veteran Scott Pruett in the car, which was a multiple-season champion [...]

Sprint To End Cup Series Sponsorship in 2017
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 – 14:04 | One Comment
Sprint To End Cup Series Sponsorship in 2017

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Sprint Cup Series will no longer exist after the 2016 racing season. Instead, a new entitlement sponsor’s name will precede the word “Cup”.
That became known Tuesday when it was announced that Kansas-based telecommunications giant Sprint will part with NASCAR’s top series after its current contract expires in 2016.
NASCAR Senior Vice [...]

Health Problems Again Strike Vickers
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 – 16:20 | No Comment
Health Problems Again Strike Vickers

Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers will miss the beginning of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season because of health issues.
Vickers’ body, it was reported Monday, was rejecting the patch inserted to repair a hole in his heart in 2010.
On Saturday, he had surgery to repair the hole in his heart.
“Brian has been a part [...]

IndyCar Series To Double Down – Twice – In 2015
Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – 10:17 | Comments Off
IndyCar Series To Double Down – Twice – In 2015

Undeterred by massive criticism about Formula One’s decision to offer double championship points in that series’ season-ending race in 2014, INDYCAR announced this week that it is following suit.
In fact, America’s premier open-wheel series announced it was one-upping its European-based counterpart.
When the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook was issued to teams this week, it included [...]

NASCAR Notes: Kahne Signs New Deal With Hendrick
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 – 10:07 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: Kahne Signs New Deal With Hendrick

Kasey Kahne, fresh off making his third straight appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs, has signed a new contract with Hendrick Motorsports.
The deal is for three years, beginning with 2015.
“It’s extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said. “I think the world [...]

Harvick Wins Homestead, 2014 Cup Championship
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 – 18:52 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Homestead, 2014 Cup Championship

When Kevin Harvick took the seat of the deceased Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 2001, a lot of people figured that Harvick would most certainly become a Sprint Cup champion. It’s taken 13 years but on Sunday, Harvick proved those people correct.
Harvick won Sunday’s season-ending race and with it, the 2014 Sprint Cup championship.
The victory was [...]

Championship Takes: Bread, Bullies And Cinderella
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 – 10:13 | One Comment
Championship Takes: Bread, Bullies And Cinderella

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some pre-race thoughts on Sunday’s  season-ending, championship-deciding Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
You have to remember that Wonderbread – that gooey, relatively tasteless and nutritionally neutral (at best) thing that kids seem to like but doctors say to avoid – is sliced. You have to remember that when somebody compares [...]

Kalitta On Top In Top Fuel After First Day Of Qualifying In Pomona
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 – 7:39 | Comments Off
Kalitta On Top In Top Fuel After First Day Of Qualifying In Pomona

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Doug Kalitta earned the provisional pole in Top Fuel Friday at the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
If he can hold his lead through Satuday’s final two rounds of qualifying, Kalitta will win his seventh pole of the season.
“That was a nice run for us tonight,” Kalitta said. [...]

Crafton Repeats As Top Trucker
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Crafton Repeats As Top Trucker

Darrell  Wallace Jr. won Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and, by finishing ninth, Matt Crafton repeated as series champion.
Crafton and his ThorSport Racing No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra captured the title by 21 points over second-place Ryan Blaney – becoming the first driver in Camping World [...]

Hamlin: Fail Of 2010 Is Going Propel Team In 2014
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 – 15:43 | Comments Off
Hamlin: Fail Of 2010 Is Going Propel Team In 2014

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Four years ago, as the Sprint Cup Series arrived at Homestead-Miami Speedway for it’s annual season-ending, championship-deciding weekend, it seemed all but certain that square peg Denny Hamlin was about to jam himself into a round hole.
The kid who just never really seemed to fit the part of star NASCAR [...]