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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

‘The Sarge’ Hits Pomona With Sights Set On No. 8
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 – 10:43 | Comments Off
‘The Sarge’ Hits Pomona With Sights Set On No. 8

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The 2014 version of Tony Schumacher’s biggest-ever week was just getting started on Tuesday and it was already decision time. And, as one would expect from a guy who races cars at well over 300 mph, Schumacher was quick and decisive when it mattered a ton.
“Oreo,” the seven-time NHRA Top [...]

Takes On Free Passes, Hip Checks, Bad Ice Cream
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 – 10:04 | One Comment
Takes On Free Passes, Hip Checks, Bad Ice Cream

Four quick thoughts (cut down from 10 because of the new elimination format) from last Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway:
1. The Sprint Cup series will  not roll into South Florida with the winds of excitement at its back. While Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway produced the Final Four drivers in [...]

Harvick Wins Phoenix; Chase’s Final Four Is Set
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 – 18:37 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Phoenix; Chase’s Final Four Is Set

Kevin Harvick bulled his way into the four-driver, all-deciding, Championship Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs when he won at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.
The victory was his fourth of the year, second of the 10-race Chase and, as it turned out, it was also essential as he pursues his first [...]

Looking Like A Million: Chase Elliott Is NNS Champ
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 – 19:36 | Comments Off
Looking Like A Million: Chase Elliott Is NNS Champ

Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch on the final lap after a green/white/checkered restart and went on to win Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Speedway while Chase Elliott collected enough points to clinch the series title.
Elliott finished fifth and became the first rookie to win an NNS championship and also, at 18 years old, [...]

Takes On Fat Lips, Driver Codes And James Brown
Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 – 9:20 | 3 Comments
Takes On Fat Lips, Driver Codes And James Brown

Ten quick thoughts about Texas after dark:
1. Jeff Gordon screwed up. First by taking the outside line for the fateful restart and then by opening the door to Brad Keselowski on the restart. Gordon’s restart was anything but clean at a time when it should have been immaculate. The guess here is that upon viewing [...]

Johnson Wins Texas; Brawl Follows Testy Finish
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 – 16:11 | 2 Comments
Johnson Wins Texas; Brawl Follows Testy Finish

Jimmie Johnson became the second straight non-Chase driver to win a race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Sunday when he beat the field at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson’s victory means that none of the remaining eight Chase drivers have yet won and, hence, have not locked themselves into the [...]

NASCAR World About To End? Again?
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 – 9:12 | 3 Comments
NASCAR World About To End? Again?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Late in day on Nov. 16, 2003, NASCAR had its Sprint Cup season champion, but it also had a problem. Matt Kenseth had won the championship even though he had won just one race during the 36-race season and had crashed and DNF’d at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final [...]

TMS Producing Big Speed As Stewart Cracks 200 MPH Barrier in Qualifying
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 – 7:39 | Comments Off
TMS Producing Big Speed As Stewart Cracks 200 MPH Barrier in Qualifying

Chase driver Matt Kenseth won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, but it was a qualifying run by non-Chaser Tony Stewart that was raising the level of discussion at the 1.5-mile quad-oval in Forth Worth.
During a run in the second round of three-round qualifying, Stewart topped the 200 [...]

Earnhardt Jr.’s Martinsville Win Was Easy To Enjoy
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 – 8:12 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr.’s Martinsville Win Was Easy To Enjoy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 – 16:57 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t win his first Sprint Cup championship this season but he will head into the off season with at least four race victories.
Earnhardt, who was bumped from the Chase last week when he failed to advance to the Eliminator Round of the series playoffs, held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon [...]