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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

The Brickyard Hasn’t Changed; Racing Culture Has
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 – 8:27 | 4 Comments
The Brickyard Hasn’t Changed; Racing Culture Has

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was 1972 and my college roommate Frank and I were at Road America for a Can-Am race. We were walking the paddocks  when he stopped and took a deep breath. Man, he said, love the smell of that Castrol. Frank was/is a road racing purist and what he did [...]

The Future Is Closing In On Jack Roush’s Team
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – 9:36 | 3 Comments
The Future Is Closing In On Jack Roush’s Team

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Earlier this year, during a break in on-track action at Kansas Speedway, an old friend and former Roush Fenway Racing insider stopped by to bench race. Naturally the conversation turned to the former employer and when it did, the conversation turned kind of dismal.
When asked about the long-term future of [...]

Gordon Wins His Fifth Brickyard 400
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 – 15:02 | No Comment
Gordon Wins His Fifth Brickyard 400

The first winner of the Brickyard 400 became the Sprint Cup race’s latest winner when Jeff Gordon pulled away over the final 17 laps to collect one of most coveted trophies the series offers.
Gordon’s victory was his fifth in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway event ,with his first coming 21 years ago in the 1994 debut [...]

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 | 14 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 | Comments Off
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]