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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

Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 – 8:01 | No Comment
Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic

Some week-old Chaseburgers:
Once upon a time, great moments in auto racing earned names. Spin and Win. Pass in the Grass.
On Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a humdinger of a pass that deserves big love. Perhaps even a name.
It came with 16 laps to go in what had been a pretty dull race. Kevin [...]

DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 – 15:47 | No Comment
DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury

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The decision on whether driver Tony Stewart should be charged with a crime in the wake of a fatal short track wreck which occurred during a sprint car race in upstate New York will be left to a grand jury it was announced Tuesday.
Michael Tantillo, the district attorney in Ontario County, N.Y., made the announcement [...]

Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 – 16:20 | No Comment
Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go and then sprinted away to win the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the [...]

Rain Puts Kyle Busch On Pole For Chase Opener
Friday, Sep 12, 2014 – 19:31 | No Comment
Rain Puts Kyle Busch On Pole For Chase Opener

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Rain at Chicagoland Speedway forced cancellation of Friday’s qualifying sessions for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400, the first race in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and put Kyle Busch on the pole for the race.
The rain also forced postponement of Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland.
With the field ordered according to [...]

Allmendinger’s Past Overtaken By His Present
Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 – 13:27 | No Comment
Allmendinger’s Past Overtaken By His Present

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A career that has been marked more by bumpy roads than smooth cruises to victory lane has prompted driver A.J. Allmendinger to adopt a short and simple world view: Things happen for a reason.
This week, as he prepares for his first-ever start in NASCAR’s Chase for [...]

Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 – 12:27 | Comments Off
Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’

A visibly shaken Tony Stewart addressed the media on Friday for the first time since he was involved in a sprint car race incident which claimed the life of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt track in New York state.
Stewart read a prepared statement during a press conference in the media center at [...]

Stewart Returns To Cup Ride At Atlanta
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 – 15:42 | One Comment
Stewart Returns To Cup Ride At Atlanta

Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart will be back in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a spokesman for Stewart said Thursday.
Stewart’s ride at Atlanta will mark his first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono Raceway.
Stewart sat out the past three races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway [...]

Schumacher Going For Big History At The “Big Go”
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 – 12:25 | Comments Off
Schumacher Going For Big History At The “Big Go”

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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All motor sports series seem to have that one event on their calendar that for competitors holds as much – or more – importance than a season championship. That’s certainly true in the NHRA where the U.S. Nationals stands as an event which produces as much emotion in competitors as [...]

NASCAR Pulls Wraps Off Of 2015 Schedule
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 – 16:33 | Comments Off
NASCAR Pulls Wraps Off Of 2015 Schedule

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There were no bombshells when NASCAR unveiled its 2015 schedule on Tuesday – much to the dismay of those who wanted a road race in the Chase –but there was a cherry bomb or two.
On the move again, is the Cup date at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Moved to Labor Day [...]

Stewart To Sit Out Bristol
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 – 16:16 | Comments Off
Stewart To Sit Out Bristol

A still grieving Tony Stewart has decided not to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Veteran driver Jeff Burton, a winner of 21 Sprint Cup races, will pilot the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in place of Stewart for the second straight [...]