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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

Race Day: Some Chase Words
Sunday, Nov 22, 2009 – 8:51 | One Comment
Race Day: Some Chase Words

Interestingly, the very existence of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship has come under scrutiny at times in recent weeks. It seems that not everybody loves a winner or, at least, a winning organization.
Very little of that scrutiny emanated from the Sprint Cup garages at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, however. Competitors, some of whom [...]

Montoya Has Message For Haters
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 – 11:15 | One Comment
Montoya Has Message For Haters

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
Sometimes you need an outsider to properly dope out a particular situation. Sometimes excessive familiarity can leave people jaded toward that situation. Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to see what’s going on in a situation.
Perhaps that was the role Juan Pablo Montoya was performing during last week’s NASCAR [...]

NHRA Honors Its Champs
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 – 9:47 | Comments Off
NHRA Honors Its Champs

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Tony Schumacher, the first Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to win six consecutive Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships and seven overall, headlined the four world championship-winning drivers crowned Monday evening during the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in West [...]

Johnson Takes Leisurely Ride To Victory Lane
Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 – 18:27 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Leisurely Ride To Victory Lane

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jimmie Johnson will not only head to the season-ending Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend with a super-solid points lead, he will head there with maximum momentum as well.
Johnson won Sunday’s Checkers O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and did it in boringly easy fashion.
Johnson led [...]

Race Day: ‘The People’ Are Watching Martin
Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 – 9:35 | One Comment
Race Day: ‘The People’ Are Watching Martin

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There are still a few unknowns about the 2009 Sprint Cup season. Like, the name of the eventual champion – though that could become known today at Phoenix International Raceway.
But there is one thing that is locked down but good, and that would be the name of the person who [...]

Schumacher Wants This Championship Bad
Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 – 18:14 | 4 Comments
Schumacher Wants This Championship Bad

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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This time around there is more than just money and trophies and championships at stake for Tony Schumacher. This time around he needs it as much as wants it. This time around, it is truly and literally personal for Schumacher.
The winner of the last five NHRA Top Fuel champions, Schumacher [...]

Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
I would have loved to have had a front-row seat for what went on at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Not on the race track, but in the garages. Would have loved to have pushed up a nice, comfy-leather chair, ordered a pizza and sat and watched as [...]

Race Day: It’s Around No. 8 Of Chase
Sunday, Nov 8, 2009 – 9:48 | Comments Off
Race Day: It’s Around No. 8 Of Chase

Another Chase weekend and another oval race. Some think that should change, that a road race should be included in the 10-race playoff, if for no other reason, to break up the monotony.
You would think those people would have the vehement support of one of the best road racers of all time, Juan Pablo Montoya.
Those [...]

Busch Earns Win, Hornaday’s Wrath
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 23:13 | 2 Comments
Busch Earns Win, Hornaday’s Wrath

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kyle Busch made it five series victories in a row Friday night when he won the WinStar World Casino 350 Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. He also made the series point-leader rather angry.
Busch got the victory by holding off Matt Crafton on the final green-flag run. [...]

Memo: The Mainstream Is Stagnant
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009 – 11:22 | 3 Comments
Memo: The Mainstream Is Stagnant

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
As ESPN zipped away from its broadcast of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway at non-restrictor-plate-like speed, I wondered how different the world would be if it were Dale Earnhardt Jr. going for a fourth-straight championship this fall.
I wondered if perhaps the scores of people which the [...]