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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Two Exiting Stars Take Different Paths Out The Door
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 – 17:54 | One Comment
Two Exiting Stars Take Different Paths Out The Door

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As the 2017 NASCAR season drew to a close in the deepening darkness of Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday evening, so too did the driving careers of the sport’s two biggest stars of the 21st Century.
And the exits of those two careers were marked by the same kinds of attitudes that […]

Furniture Row Stayed With It And Then Won It
Monday, Nov 20, 2017 – 10:43 | No Comment
Furniture Row Stayed With It And Then Won It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During those high-interest years of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, we all watched and snickered as NASCAR outsiders brashly barged their way into the sport and then, extremely quickly, barged their way out again sans their brashness.
Then there was one group of outsiders that did stay, and on […]

Truex Wins Homestead; Earns First Championship
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 – 18:43 | No Comment
Truex Wins Homestead; Earns First Championship

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch over the final laps to win Sunday’s season-ending race and the NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
The championship was Truex’s first and also the first for his Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing team.
“It’s just overwhelming,” he said. “To think about all […]

Penske Lures Ricky Away From The Taylor Clan
Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 – 17:09 | Comments Off on Penske Lures Ricky Away From The Taylor Clan
Penske Lures Ricky Away From The Taylor Clan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Blood, apparently, is not as thick as the opportunity to drive a race car for Roger Penske.
Penske on Wednesday announced his full lineup for next season’s re-entry into sports car racing by Team Penske and that lineup will see recently crowned IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prototype champion Ricky Taylor go […]

Robert Yates Rounded Up Horses
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 – 9:02 | Comments Off on Robert Yates Rounded Up Horses
Robert Yates Rounded Up Horses

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was 2002 or something like that during a planning meeting for an upcoming NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway when a colleague at the Kansas City Star was told to advance the event by doing a story on Robert Yates.
The colleague who knew/cared nothing at all about racing shot back: […]

Crowns Ready To Be Distributed At Petit Le Mans
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 – 8:30 | Comments Off on Crowns Ready To Be Distributed At Petit Le Mans
Crowns Ready To Be Distributed At Petit Le Mans

There will be only petit suspense at this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season-ending Petit Le Mans in Braselton, Ga. as all four of the class championships are all but decided.
But great racing on a wonderful, historic road circuit? There should be beaucoup amounts of that at Road Atlanta on Sunday.
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In the Daytona Prototype class:
Thanks […]

Opinion: Danicamania Grinding To An Awkward Conclusion
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 – 16:08 | 11 Comments
Opinion: Danicamania Grinding To An Awkward Conclusion

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If Danica Patrick is looking for the perfect sponsor as she seeks a new Cup Series ride, she may want to make a deal with Isotoner gloves. That company could then adopt a slogan along the lines of: The gloves that protect the most oft-used pointing fingers in the sport.
In […]

Earnhardt Jr. Is One Of NASCAR’s Real And True Things
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 – 13:06 | 3 Comments
Earnhardt Jr. Is One Of NASCAR’s Real And True Things

Earlier this week, Kevin Harvick took a closed-fist swing at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR Cup Series resume and popularity. Harvick said, in effect, that Earnhardt’s having attained so much popularity without ever having won a championship “stunted” the growth of the sport.
And he wasn’t joking.
Make no mistake, NASCAR’s growth has been stunted. But putting the […]

Truex Jr. Slows Down To Get First Win At The Glen
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – 17:38 | Comments Off on Truex Jr. Slows Down To Get First Win At The Glen
Truex Jr. Slows Down To Get First Win At The Glen

With three victories in 2017 and a playoff berth already bagged, Martin Truex Jr. could afford to gamble in Sunday’s 32nd annual I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Truex, one of a handful of drivers at the front of a field facing nagging fuel questions over the final […]

Bell Rings Up Win At Pocono
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 – 19:00 | Comments Off on Bell Rings Up Win At Pocono
Bell Rings Up Win At Pocono

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Christopher Bell pulled away to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
Bell overtook John Hunter Nemechek on Lap 54 of 60 at the 2.5-mile triangular track and finished 1.964 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Rhodes, who passed Nemechek for the second position on Lap 56.
One lap later Ryan Truex Jr. took […]