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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

Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory
Saturday, Oct 24, 2009 – 17:54 | 5 Comments
Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory

Brad Keselowski won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race but probably did not win a lot of friends in the process.
Keselowski, who made liberal use of his front bumper in winning the Kroger On Track for The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, was able to hold off a final-lap charge by points-leader Kyle Busch after a [...]

Sprint Cup Notes: Newman On The Pole At Martinsville
Friday, Oct 23, 2009 – 15:53 | One Comment
Sprint Cup Notes: Newman On The Pole At Martinsville

Ryan Newman will attempt to begin his long climb back into contention for this year’s Sprint Cup championship from the pole position at Martinsville Speedway.
Newman, who is eighth in points and 288 behind leader Jimmie Johnson, won the pole for the Tums Fast Relief 500 Friday with a lap at 96.795 mph. His time was [...]

Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009 – 9:38 | 2 Comments
Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Sitting in that convention center meeting room for last week’s NASCAR Hall of Fame voting was an experience which will never be forgotten. A lot of things went through the mind as I sat down, opened my notebook, picked up my [...]

Montoya Takes Shot, Gives Shot
Sunday, Oct 18, 2009 – 0:15 | 3 Comments
Montoya Takes Shot, Gives Shot

Juan Pablo Montoya has been called a lot of things during his driving career. Shy? Not one of those things he’s been called. And certainly not a thing he will be called following Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
After having major blows struck to his car and his hopes for a Cup [...]

Race Day: Chase Is Becoming Championship Stare-Down
Saturday, Oct 17, 2009 – 8:51 | Comments Off
Race Day: Chase Is Becoming Championship Stare-Down

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – The 2009 Chase seems to be becoming a stare-down.
The drivers who remain in realistic contention appear to be waiting to see if the others will blink. Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya and are all averaging top-five finishes through the first four races.
Like, 3.5 finishes.
Between rain [...]

Johnson Has Chasers Thinking ‘Uh-Oh’
Friday, Oct 16, 2009 – 10:00 | One Comment
Johnson Has Chasers Thinking ‘Uh-Oh’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – At the very least, the 11 drivers who now trail Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship are publicly keeping stiff upper lips. They are saying Johnson’s lead is not insurmountable, there are still six races to go and that anything can happen in [...]

Johnson Rolls To Pole At Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 – 21:10 | One Comment
Johnson Rolls To Pole At Lowe’s Motor Speedway

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – With clouds hanging low and rain seemingly in no hurry to leave the Lowe’s Motor Speedway area, many involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship were put into grumpy moods. They were worried that qualifying would be washed out and that points-leader Jimmie Johnson would [...]

Current Drivers Give First Hall Class Thumbs Up
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 – 15:30 | 2 Comments
Current Drivers Give First Hall Class Thumbs Up

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Wednesday’s selection of the inaugural class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame has generated a fairly hefty amount of heated discussion among fans and critics. But in the sport’s garages on Thursday, the discussion was nothing but civil and positive.
Driver after driver lined up to say first, [...]

The NASCAR Hall Of Fame Has Its First Class
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 – 16:20 | Comments Off
The NASCAR Hall Of Fame Has Its First Class

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Charlotte, N.C. – Several of those who took part in Wednesday’s voting for the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame stood up to remind other voters that what they were doing was nothing less than deciding whose faces will appear on the sport’s Mount Rushmore.
If that’s true then [...]

Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 – 19:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Charlotte, N.C. – The “Meeting Preparation Materials” packet which the NASCAR Hall of Fame sent out is an inch, inch-and-a quarter thick. It’s filled with names and biographies and info about voting procedures and meeting times.
A friend saw it sitting on the dining room table and remarked that it’s going [...]