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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

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

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 happily 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 used to eat at Waffle [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 – 16:57 | No Comment
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 | No Comment
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 | No Comment
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
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 [...]

Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 – 6:58 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap at 197.300 mph (27.357 seconds) on Friday and in doing so, looked and sounded very much like a driver capable of winning a championship.
Busch’s lap nipped Jeff Gordon (197.217 mph), who [...]

Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15
Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 – 10:06 | One Comment
Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sam Hornish Jr. has driven for The Captain and The Coach. Next season, he will drive for The King.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has hired veteran Hornish Jr. to take the place of Marcos Ambrose as driver of the No. 9 RPM Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish [...]

Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 – 20:56 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Jimmie Johnson emerged from the infield care center about a quarter of the way through Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, there was nothing wrong with him physically.
Badly beaten and badly bruised, however, were his hopes of winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 – 19:37 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was with a sense of renewed hope that Dale Earnhardt Jr. began Sunday’s opening race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway.
It was with a feeling of missed opportunity that he left Kansas after the Hollywood Casino 400.
Earnhardt – whose [...]