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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

Racing Will Reach A New Low In Phoenix Today
Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Racing Will Reach A New Low In Phoenix Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When it comes to racing machinery, there are very few inconsequential changes. Virtually all have the ability to produce or reduce speed – and, hence, finishing positions in races – depending on how teams and drivers deal with the changes.
For that reason, today’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International [...]

‘Knockout Qualifying’ Gets A Split Decision At Phoenix
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 – 11:23 | 4 Comments
‘Knockout Qualifying’ Gets A Split Decision At Phoenix

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Turns out, there was no need to make use heart needles during the Sprint Cup Series’ debut of “knockout qualifying”. The new procedure was interesting but hardly the fuse-blowing fun-o-rama that some had predicted/hoped it would be.
“I don’t know,” driver Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports said when asked about it [...]

Tested Stewart Heads To Phoenix For Real Racing
Friday, Feb 28, 2014 – 7:55 | One Comment
Tested Stewart Heads To Phoenix For Real Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Speedweeks was much more than a series of races and practices driver Tony Stewart. It was also a series of tests. This week, with the Daytona 500 behind him – comfortably behind him – Stewart says that while the racing didn’t go as hoped at Daytona International Speedway, the accompanying [...]

Junior Makes The 2014 500 A Great American Race
Monday, Feb 24, 2014 – 10:39 | 2 Comments
Junior Makes The 2014 500 A Great American Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Over the past several years, the Daytona 500 had truly become “NASCAR’s Super Bowl”. That is, more about the pomp than the circumstance.
As with the NFL’s annual biggest game of the year, after which people spend more time talking about commercials and halftime shows than football, NASCAR fans have spent [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Field To Win Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 – 23:24 | 4 Comments
Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Field To Win Daytona 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off a large pack of the biggest stars in Sprint Cup in a sprint to the checkered flag and won the rain-hammered Daytona 500 Sunday evening.
The victory, which ended with the field frozen because of a last-lap wreck, was a popular one with a big Daytona [...]

For Hamlin, The Battle Will Be Vs. Inner Demons
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 – 9:31 | Comments Off
For Hamlin, The Battle Will Be Vs. Inner Demons

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When Denny Hamlin won last year’s season-ending Sprint Cup race in South Florida, it seemed at the time to be just a warm ending to a cold season. Now it appears that last November’s victory could have been the start of something big.
Hamlin, whose victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway at the [...]

Nature Can’t Keep Glen Wood Away From The 500
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 – 14:28 | Comments Off
Nature Can’t Keep Glen Wood Away From The 500

What would a Daytona 500 be like without NASCAR Hall of Famer Glen Wood on the scene? Thankfully, nobody will know for another year at least.
Wood, leading member of the iconic Wood Brother Racing team, had his streak of attending every, single, solitary Daytona 500 put in jeopardy earlier this week.
A dislike of flying and [...]

Busch Eying Speedweeks Trifecta
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 – 10:26 | Comments Off
Busch Eying Speedweeks Trifecta

Clearly, Friday night’s Truck Series victory meant a bunch to Kyle Busch. Because of what he did – add a truck victory at Daytona International Speedway to the list. And, because of how he did it – slipping past Timothy Peters just a couple feet away from the finish line.
But something else became clear after [...]

Furniture Row Intent On Maintaining Top-Tier Status
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 – 20:08 | Comments Off
Furniture Row Intent On Maintaining Top-Tier Status

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch’s fascinating run for a Sprint Cup championship a season ago prompted one of 2013’s biggest bench-racing debates: Was it car or driver? The likely best answer, of course, is both.
But you just have to believe that both the Furniture Row Racing team that built the cars, and [...]

Dillon’s Pole Win Has NASCAR Nation Wondering
Monday, Feb 17, 2014 – 19:49 | 12 Comments
Dillon’s Pole Win Has NASCAR Nation Wondering

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is considerable belief around NACSCAR Nation today that for the second year in a row, the pole position for the Daytona 500 has somehow been gifted to a competitor. That belief is that pole qualifying for the biggest Sprint Cup race of the year is becoming little more than [...]