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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

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
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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 [...]

‘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 [...]