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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.

Articles by Jim Pedley

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 on TMS Producing Big Speed As Stewart Cracks 200 MPH Barrier in Qualifying
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 emotionally 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 on Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville
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 […]

Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator Round’
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 – 16:49 | Comments Off on Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator Round’
Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator Round’

Brad Keselowski basically had one chance to continue his bid to win a second Sprint Cup championship when Sunday’s cutdown race at Talladega began. The 2012 champ had to win. And win he did and on goes the Team Penske driver’s comeback season.
The victory was sixth of the season and, obviously, his biggest.
“So special,” he […]

Vickers, Confusion Reign In Talladega Qualifying
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 – 18:58 | Comments Off on Vickers, Confusion Reign In Talladega Qualifying
Vickers, Confusion Reign In Talladega Qualifying

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A non-Chaser won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but a Chaser in need qualified second fastest.
The non-Chaser who won the pole for the final Contender Round race was Brain Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing. He put down a lap at […]

Harvick’s Hall Hopes Could Hinge On 2014 Chase
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 – 7:34 | Comments Off on Harvick’s Hall Hopes Could Hinge On 2014 Chase
Harvick’s Hall Hopes Could Hinge On 2014 Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Every person in the world who knows the feeling of Nomex on skin wants to win a major automobile racing championship. Then there are those few who need to win one. And there, perhaps, sits Kevin Harvick today.
For reasons of history and legitimacy and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Harvick, […]

Harvick Wins Charlotte; Top Stars’ Championship Hopes In Trouble
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 – 6:03 | One Comment
Harvick Wins Charlotte; Top Stars’ Championship Hopes In Trouble

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick, who has led a lot of laps and a lot of races in 2014 but has had trouble closing the deal of late, won the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
It was the third victory of the season for Harvick, but the first […]