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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

Gibbs Keeping Team’s Success In Perspective
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – 9:13 | One Comment
Gibbs Keeping Team’s Success In Perspective

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Absolutely, J.D. Gibbs says: He and everybody associated with the No. 11 team of Joe Gibbs Racing had seen and heard the preseason media forecasts in which Denny Hamlin was picked as the guy who would end Jimmie Johnson’s reign as Sprint Cup champion.
But absolutely not, Gibbs said during a [...]

Kyle Busch Wins Cup Race; Johnson Loses It
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Cup Race; Johnson Loses It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch capitalized on a pit-road screw-up by Jimmie Johnson with 38 laps to go and went on to win Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
The victory was the second of the weekend for Busch, who also won the Nationwide Series race at Dover on [...]

Race Day: Cup Podiums Are Up For Grabs
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – 8:07 | 3 Comments
Race Day: Cup Podiums Are Up For Grabs

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
We’re hearing a phrase a lot these days which has not been heard much at all the last five years or so – parity among Sprint Cup teams. Quite simply, Hendrick Motorsports has been the top team and the rest were the bottom teams.
This weekend in the garages at Dover [...]

Helio’s Bid For No. 4 Is On Track
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 19:11 | Comments Off
Helio’s Bid For No. 4 Is On Track

Rather fittingly, it was Helio Castroneves who posted the fastest lap on opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Castroneves, the winner of last year’s Indianapolis 500, will be attempting to win for the big race for a record-tying fourth time when the green flag drops in May 30th.
Castroneves, driving the No. 3T Team Penske [...]

The Speedway Is Open
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 8:31 | Comments Off
The Speedway Is Open

Two weeks ago, the word “spark” got wide usage in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddocks at Kansas Speedway. And the usage was not directed at what was coming off the skid plates on the bottom of the cars.
Drivers, team owners and officials all were using the word to describe what they were sensing about their [...]

Race Day: Moms Welcome
Saturday, May 8, 2010 – 8:54 | One Comment
Race Day: Moms Welcome

For auto racing families, nothing says “I love you, mom” quite like ear-busting noise and 98 octane gasoline. So, this weekend – Mother’s Day weekend – at Darlington, the moms of several drivers will be at the track.
Here is what a select group of drivers had to say about having their mothers at Darlington for [...]

McMurray Is Back In The Comfort Zone
Friday, May 7, 2010 – 8:17 | One Comment
McMurray Is Back In The Comfort Zone

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For thousands upon thousands of race-car drivers in America, Roush Fenway Racing is not just a NASCAR team, it’s also an answer to prayers. It’s a top team, a winning team, a team that does things right and a team which has the people and equipment to turn drivers into [...]

Memo: The Age Of Gimmicks Is Upon Us
Thursday, May 6, 2010 – 8:43 | 7 Comments
Memo: The Age Of Gimmicks Is Upon Us

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Welcome, race fans, to the age of gimmicks. It’s an age when fast cars, mechanical innovation, may-the-best-team-win and all the other things which have made auto racing the best sport on the rock are not nearly enough to keep ‘em coming back [...]

It Was A Ganassi Kind Of Day In Kansas
Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 14:56 | One Comment
It Was A Ganassi Kind Of Day In Kansas

Kansas City, Kan. – Just prior to the start of Saturday’s IndyCar Series event, Mike Hull brushed aside the suggestion that because his Target Chip Ganassi team was racing at a place where they had won the last three races, it had to be favored this year.
Hull was wearing dark glasses at the time so [...]

Schrader Leaps At Chance To Drive Top Truck
Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 11:42 | One Comment
Schrader Leaps At Chance To Drive Top Truck

Kansas City, Kan. – When Ken Schrader got a text message from Kevin Harvick a couple of weeks ago, he didn’t know what to think. The message was kind of cryptic. Harvick simply asked if Schrader was available the weekend of the Kansas City Camping World Truck Series race.
“Hell, I figured he wanted me to [...]