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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

Dalziel Puts HPD On Pole At Indy
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 – 19:44 | No Comment
Dalziel Puts HPD On Pole At Indy

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Ryan Dalziel on Thursday drove the Extreme Speed Motorsports No. 1 Patron HPD ARX-03b Prototype to the pole for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dalziel, who won the pole with a best lap of 1:17.603, will share Brickyard Grand Prix driving duties on Friday with 2001 Indianapolis 500 [...]

Enders-Stevens Decision Is Bad News For NHRA
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 – 8:42 | 7 Comments
Enders-Stevens Decision Is Bad News For NHRA

The decision by Elite Motorsports to sit out the next two NHRA national events is understandable. But, it’s also highly troubling.
Elite owner Richard Freeman made the decision public on Sunday at Bandimere Speedeway, site of the Mopar Mile-High Nationals. He said that his driver, Erica Enders-Stevens, would not compete at events in Sonoma, Calif. and [...]

Mile High Air Tough On Humans And Cars
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 – 7:19 | No Comment
Mile High Air Tough On Humans And Cars

There is a sign at the entrance of the visitors’ locker room at Denver’s Mile High Stadium which reads: “ELEVATION 5,280 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL.” It was put there as a psychological weapon.
Competing in athletic events in Colorado has been a challenge forever. Doesn’t matter which sport you’re talking about. The thin air at altitudes [...]

Madsen Takes Crown At Kings Royal
Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 – 7:59 | No Comment
Madsen Takes Crown At Kings Royal

Kerry Madsen won the prestigious Kings Royal sprint car race, one of the most coveted prizes on the World of Outlaws STP Series schedule, on Saturday night.
“I just want to thank Eldora Speedway for just letting me be part of this fantastic race,” Madsen said at historic Eldora Speedway after his victoy. “I moved over [...]

NASCAR Owners’ Alliance A Sign Of Discontent?
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 – 7:51 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Owners’ Alliance A Sign Of Discontent?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Rob Kauffman is a businessman. The co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, he has reportedly made hundreds of millions of dollars managing hedge funds. That fact alone might be a clue to the motive and function of the new alliance of NASCAR team owners which Kauffman has been selected to lead.
NASCAR, [...]

Rain Ends Drought For The No. 43 Petty Car
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 – 14:11 | One Comment
Rain Ends Drought For The No. 43 Petty Car

Aric Almirola dove the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford to victory in Sunday’s rain-delayed, rain-shortened and crash-decimated Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The victory was the first in Cup for Almirola and the first for the iconic 43 car since 1999.
While the weather was grim, Almirola was not when the race was [...]

Injury Sidelines IndyCar’s Hawksworth At Pocono
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Injury Sidelines IndyCar’s Hawksworth At Pocono

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British rookie Jack Hawksworth will not compete in Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway because of a head injury.
INDYCAR announced that Hawksworth has been diagnosed with a myocardial contusion suffered in an incident July 5 during the second practice session for the Pocono INDYCAR 500.
Hawksworth was evaluated at the infield care center by INDYCAR [...]

Daytona Cup Race Postponed
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 – 21:14 | Comments Off
Daytona Cup Race Postponed

Rain forced postponement of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The race has been rescheduled to start Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
NASCAR officials made the decision shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday.
When the race does begin, pole sitter David Gilliland in the Love’s Travel Stops Ford will share the [...]

Daytona Gives Minor Teams A Major Opportunity
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 – 10:44 | Comments Off
Daytona Gives Minor Teams A Major Opportunity

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The new Chase rules, with its win-and-your-in format, has made the playoffs extremely accessible to the Sprint Cup Series’ traditional have-nots. And plate racing, with its bizarre capriciousness, has made winning extremely possible for the have-nots.
So, for a lot of the teams and drivers in the far ends of the [...]

Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be
Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 – 20:04 | Comments Off
Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Those hoping that Ryan Newman would declare that his third-place finish in last Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Kentucky represented a first step on his way to the 2014 series championship, left Sparta disappointed.
About the most promising thing they heard Newman say after he had posted his best finish [...]