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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: 48 Has Won The Head Game
Monday, Mar 22, 2010 – 7:50 | 2 Comments
Pedley: 48 Has Won The Head Game

For Chad Knaus, it seems to be mission accomplished. It seems that his oft-stated goal of not just winning the mechanical battles against other Sprint Cup teams, but also prevailing in the psychological war, is all but won.
At least that was sure the way it sounded late Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway as contender-who-fell-short [...]

Johnson Gets His First Victory At Bristol
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 – 15:40 | Comments Off
Johnson Gets His First Victory At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson’s war on career hurdles continued Sunday as he got his first-ever Sprint Cup victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The victory came on Johnson’s 17th attempt at the .533-mile bull ring. By normal standards, that is not a long time. By Johnson’s, it seemed like forever.
“Yes, it has been one [...]

Race Day: Bigger Real Estate Squabbles On Tap?
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 – 8:13 | Comments Off
Race Day: Bigger Real Estate Squabbles On Tap?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Safety and excitement tend to be mutually exclusive concepts when it comes to racing. Unlike love and marriage, it just seems that when it comes to safety and excitement, you can’t have one with the other.
In today’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, that theory will be tested as [...]

Pedley: Is Bad Brad Becoming A Garage-Area Outsider?
Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Pedley: Is Bad Brad Becoming A Garage-Area Outsider?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Apparently it is not just Carl Edwards who has cancelled his membership in the Brad Keselowski fan club. Judging from comments issued by other drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, Bad Brad may not exactly be walking among friends as he roams the garages these days.
Jimmie Johnson, for example, [...]

Memo: Love Not On Drivers’ Itineraries At Bristol
Friday, Mar 19, 2010 – 7:41 | Comments Off
Memo: Love Not On Drivers’ Itineraries At Bristol

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
If there is anybody out there who thinks that Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski will be letting bygones be bygones this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, you need to adjust medication.
If you think air-clearing sessions with NASCAR officials, sponsors, team owners or clergyman is [...]

Spoilers, Speed Rule The Day At Talladega
Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 – 18:35 | 2 Comments
Spoilers, Speed Rule The Day At Talladega

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
After a morning of testing in his Sprint Cup car at Talladega Superspeedway Tuesday, Jeff Gordon had an answer for those wanting to know if replacing rear wings with vertical blade spoilers was going to improve racing in the series.
It was an unsatisfying answer but a frank one: Check back [...]

Brazilian Drivers Out To Become National Heroes
Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 – 7:28 | One Comment
Brazilian Drivers Out To Become National Heroes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Remember Andre Ribiero? Tens of millions of Brazilians do and quite vividly. Ribiero became a national hero a decade and a half ago when he won the CART race in Rio de Janeiro.
This weekend, a handful of other Brazilian drivers will be seeking to become heroes in front of their [...]

Hector Arana Took Long Way To Success
Friday, Mar 12, 2010 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Hector Arana Took Long Way To Success

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Returning home after races was the toughest part for Hector Arana during the dark days of his drag racing career. Returning home race after race, year after year and having to shake his head no when his sons would excitedly ask him if he had brought them home an NHRA [...]

Edwards Put on Probation
Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010 – 12:40 | 10 Comments
Edwards Put on Probation

NASCAR president Mike Helton said Tuesday that Carl Edwards will not be suspended for the on-track incident involving Brad Keselowski during Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Helton said Edwards will be put on probation for the next three races.
“We take what Carl did as serious and are reacting to it accordingly,” Helton said.
In [...]

Race Day: The Chase To Stop Jimmie Begins Early
Sunday, Mar 7, 2010 – 8:47 | Comments Off
Race Day: The Chase To Stop Jimmie Begins Early

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s begun early this spring. Not the sprouting of flowers or the rising of gas prices. Rather, something more gloomy and depressing if you happen to be a NASCAR driver with hopes of winning the Sprint Cup championship.
This spring, Jimmie Johnson has heated up before the daytime temperatures in Georgia. [...]