James Pike is a reporter specialising in motor sports. An American hailing from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Pike grew up near the epicentre of NASCAR, America's most popular form of motor sport. He has spent the last year as a radio analyst on the Performance Motorsports Network and the last three years as a writer for Race Chaser Online. In addition, Pike is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, Philadelphia Phillies, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons. He is a graduate of the Motorsports Management program at Belmont Abbey College and currently resides in Twickenham.
Email James at: RaceChaserJames@gmail.com
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Blog: Race Chaser Online
Stories by James
- Don't Fear The Reaper: The Perils of "The Big One"
Wildcard. Madhouse. Russian Roulette. These are some of the words that drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will use to describe today's Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (7 p.m., Premier Sports, MRN). But why do they fear it so much?
- Sports Gazette NBA Writers Poll 17/18 Part 5: 2017/18 Champion Picks
With the start of the NBA regular season on the horizon, the writers of the Sports Gazette have come together to provide their thoughts on the season to come. In part 5, we decide who we believe will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy come the end of the season.
- Sports Gazette NBA Writers Poll 17/18 Part 1: Best Offseason Move
With the start of the NBA regular season on the horizon, the writers of the Sports Gazette have come together to provide their thoughts on the season to come. Over a six-part series of articles, a panel of five will analyse the lay of the land, and decide who we believe will either shine or disappoint in 2017/18. In part 1, we discuss which team made the best move of the offseason.
- NASCAR's North Carolina Connection
"Why on earth are you completely enamored with watching people drive in a circle for four hours every Sunday?"
- Strategy Call Lands Stenhouse in Round of 12
At the end of Sunday's Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway, only 12 drivers remained in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The last of those 12 was Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who made it in via a massive strategy call from Crew Chief Brian Pattie.
- Where They Stand: The Playoff Scenarios for Dover
Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski have all clinched places in the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs via race victories or points accumulated. But the final eight playoff spots in the Round of 12 will be decided this Sunday in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway (7 p.m. BST, Premier Sports, MRN). Sports Gazette look at each of the following drivers' chances to advance on Sunday:
- Five Stories You Missed from the Opening Weekend of the Invictus Games
The third edition of the Invictus Games began this weekend in Toronto, Canada. Founded by Prince Harry in 2014 to honour military members around the world and to provide injured and ill soldiers a platform to compete, this year’s event is the largest in Invictus Games history. Over the next week, more than 550 military members representing seventeen nations will compete across twelve sports. Here are five stories from the opening weekend of competition:
- Where They Stand: The Bottom 8 Drivers After Chicago
Martin Truex came away victorious in the opening race of the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway, but there was plenty of movement behind him in the playoff standings. Over the next ten weeks, Sports Gazette will analyse every playoff contender's position as the NASCAR playoffs progress. After one race of ten, here are individual looks at where the playoff chances of the bottom eight drivers currently stand:
- Where They Stand: The Top 8 Drivers After Chicago
Martin Truex came away victorious in the opening race of the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway, but there was plenty of movement behind him in the playoff standings. Over the next ten weeks, Sports Gazette will analyse every playoff contender's position as the NASCAR playoffs progress. After one race of ten, here are individual looks at where the playoff chances of the top eight drivers currently stand:
- Pit Stop Mistakes Define First NASCAR Playoff Race in Chicago
Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, was the first race of the 10-race playoffs that will determine the series' 2017 champion. It was defined mostly by the amount of pit road mishaps and penalties that occurred during the race - and how the playoff contenders affected battled back from them.
- Hamilton Wins as Turn 1 Crash Claims Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit to go 28 points clear at the top of the Formula 1 Drivers Championship after Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel all crashed out in Turn 1 on the opening lap of the race.