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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

Kansas Gearing Up For Second Cup Race
Saturday, Dec 19, 2009 – 8:46 | 3 Comments
Kansas Gearing Up For Second Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – It appears the wish that Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger has been harboring for the last 10 years is about to be granted. It appears that if things go as most people in racing think they will go, Boerger will soon be joining the fraternity of [...]

Memo: Milkamania On Its Way?
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009 – 10:18 | 12 Comments
Memo: Milkamania On Its Way?

Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
Is it possible that Danica Patrick could be just the second-highest-finishing female driver in the 2011 Daytona 500? Yes, I do believe it is. Not probable, but definitely possible.
Word came out last week that Milka Duno has signed to drive an ARCA car for established Nationwide Series team-owner, [...]

Kyle Busch Happy With ‘09, Excited about ‘10
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 – 11:16 | One Comment
Kyle Busch Happy With ‘09, Excited about ‘10

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The most misunderstood driver in NASCAR said Tuesday that nobody should misunderstand this: The 2009 racing season will not be filed away in his personal memory bank under the heading of “Disappointing”.
On the contrary, Kyle Busch said, he’s inserting 2009 into the brain file marked “Great”.
“A lot of successes,” Busch [...]

Memo: Cold Shoulder For Danica?
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 – 14:12 | 2 Comments
Memo: Cold Shoulder For Danica?

Let’s see what’s in the Wednesday Memo today:
James Brown sang that this is a man’s world but it wouldn’t be nothin, nothin, wahaaaa!, without a woman or a girl. When it comes to the NASCAR garages, you might run into the opinion that Brown was only half right.
The first half.
One of the interesting things about [...]

Danica Patrick To Drive In Nationwide Series
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 – 13:20 | 2 Comments
Danica Patrick To Drive In Nationwide Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Danica Patrick announced Tuesday that she will drive a partial Nationwide Series schedule next year and it will be in a car owned and operated by JR Motorsports, the team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick.
Patrick’s first stock-car race is scheduled to be at Daytona International Speedway in [...]

Hight Reappears As A Champion
Saturday, Nov 28, 2009 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Hight Reappears As A Champion

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
People suddenly and unexplainably disappear in sports all the time. Not back-of-milk-carton disappear, but they fade from sight and disappear. Sometimes, forever. It’s a great fear among athletes and in late summer of the 2009 NHRA drag racing season, Robert Hight was terrified.
Winning Funny Car events? Hight was having trouble [...]

Pedley: Black Friday’s Come
Friday, Nov 27, 2009 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Pedley: Black Friday’s Come

Black Friday. It’s not just for shoppers anymore.
Maybe it’s the perfect day to look back and remember things we hate to remember but can’t forget. Insane things that we wish never would have happened and now hope will never happen again.
So in the spirit of awards weeks in NASCAR, here goes.
The Black Friday Awards go [...]

Memo: It’s Just Plain Jimmie
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Memo: It’s Just Plain Jimmie

Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
He has now earned the highest of all honors that can be bestowed upon those who spend their lives in the public eye.
More-so than a private jet or his photo on the cover “People Magazine” or his police mugshot on the internet, this honor is a symbol of heaven-high [...]

Pedley: Little Help Over Here, Please
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 – 11:05 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Little Help Over Here, Please

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Five things I don’t understand about what happened over the past 10 months in NASCAR:
First. How in the world can Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus continue run bare foot through thousands of miles of mine fields and come out the other side with every hair still in place?
The fast cars, [...]

Jimmie A Hero In Garages
Sunday, Nov 22, 2009 – 19:52 | Comments Off
Jimmie A Hero In Garages

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson may not be the most-respected driver among fans, but among his peers? Huge respect.
After winning his record fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship Sunday, drivers lined up to to testify in behalf of Johnson and his team.
“I can’t believe Jimmie did it,” Carl Edwards said. “It’s unreal. I really just believed [...]