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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

Pedley: Did Patrick Make the Grade?
Sunday, Feb 7, 2010 – 10:52 | 16 Comments
Pedley: Did Patrick Make the Grade?

It’s report card day for Danica Patrick.
She has put in her first weekend of stock car racing, the smoke (literal and figurative) has cleared and it’s time to send her home to her people with the news. And here is the news:
Punctuality. A+. She showed up for all her meetings with the public, media and [...]

Ageless Martin Wins 500 Pole
Saturday, Feb 6, 2010 – 15:49 | Comments Off
Ageless Martin Wins 500 Pole

Apparently Mark Martin’s wonderful 2009 story was not a fluke, apparently Dale Earnhardt’s Jr.’s horrible 2009 story was and apparently Hendrick Motorsports will again be the team to beat in Sprint Cup this season.
All of that being apparent, that is, if qualifying for the 2010 Daytona 500 means anything.
Martin, who turned 51 in last month, [...]

Race Day: The Bud Shootout
Saturday, Feb 6, 2010 – 9:16 | 4 Comments
Race Day: The Bud Shootout

To most of the racing world, the Budweiser Shootout is an all-star race. It’s a largely ceremonial event that kicks off the Sprint Cup season and pits the top drivers in the series against each other for a for-fun-only race that is more about pride than money.
But racing being a big business and NASCAR being [...]

Media Day: They’re Talking Racing
Thursday, Feb 4, 2010 – 12:11 | Comments Off
Media Day: They’re Talking Racing

They won’t be racin’ until Saturday but on Thursday, they were talkin’. It’s Media Day at Daytona and that means the top drivers will be dispensing information – or not – from early in the morning until early in the evening. RacinToday will keep track of the top drivers’ top quotes and update them [...]

Memo: Only Engines Should Whine In Daytona
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010 – 9:41 | One Comment
Memo: Only Engines Should Whine In Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
Media Day for the Daytona 500 is just a couple of hours away. It will offer reporters their first chance to ask many of the scores of drivers who attend it their thoughts on the recent announcement by NASCAR that purses will be [...]

Baldwin Out To Make New Memories
Monday, Feb 1, 2010 – 17:52 | One Comment
Baldwin Out To Make New Memories

Tommy Baldwin Jr. simply would not let a recent talk about racing turn into a mushy, emotional look back at Speedweeks 2009. He deftly turned aside questions about being one of the great stories of last year’s Daytona 500 during a phone call last week. He gave short answers to the questions he did answer [...]

Icon Haywood To Take Last Ride
Friday, Jan 29, 2010 – 17:49 | 2 Comments
Icon Haywood To Take Last Ride

Hurley Haywood has learned a lot of things during his many years of driving sports cars. And one of those things was on his mind this week as he prepared for this weekend’s running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
And that is; do it right or don’t do it at all.
No longer able to to [...]

‘Blick’ Wowed ‘Em Early In ‘09
Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 – 10:40 | Comments Off
‘Blick’ Wowed ‘Em Early In ‘09

It was two races into the 2009 Sprint Cup season and Drew Blickensderfer had gone from being the new guy with the funny name to a history-making crew chief with an impressive nickname.
He had won point-paying Cup races the first two times he climbed atop a pitbox and one of those races was NASCAR’s biggie. [...]

Memo: Classics At Full Song
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 – 18:44 | One Comment
Memo: Classics At Full Song

Let’s see what’s in the Wednesday Memo today:
Those were not really cars that were being sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction last week. They were memories. How else to explain paying more for a 45-year-old Chevrolet than a brand new Ferrari?
But, brother, what memories. Great memories.
How else to explain the countless hours of getting the eyeballs [...]

Rolex Has Grip On NASCAR Boys
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 – 15:10 | One Comment
Rolex Has Grip On NASCAR Boys

Several years back, well after that point when upward-zipping NASCAR had passed downward-spiraling IndyCars on the American racing-popularity charts, open-wheeler Greg Ray was asked his thoughts on that subject.
Specifically why, Ray was queried, were drivers scuttling life-long dreams of open-wheel stardom to get into bigger, heavier and slower stock cars?
Ray needed zero time to ponder [...]