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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

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 [...]

IRL Says That It Will Return To Kansas Speedway
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 20:54 | 3 Comments
IRL Says That It Will Return To Kansas Speedway

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Despite rumors to the contrary, the IndyCar Series’ days of running at Kansas Speedway are not over. So says the head of the Indy Racing League.
“I will promise you that one thing, this (2010) is not the last year,” IRL CEO Randy Bernard told RacinToday.com on [...]

Briscoe Gets First 2010 Pole
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Briscoe Gets First 2010 Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – The return to oval-track racing appears to agree with Ryan Briscoe as the Team Penske driver won his first pole of the IndyCar Series season Friday.
Briscoe had a four-lap average speed of 212.145 mph to nab the pole for Saturday’s Road Runner Turbo 300 at the [...]

Anderson Out To Simply Make Andretti Better
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 9:28 | 4 Comments
Anderson Out To Simply Make Andretti Better

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – When Tom Anderson showed up at Andretti Autosport to begin duty as senior vice president of racing operations late last year, he had with him his list of things he knew he wanted to work on.
Incredibly, the list was a short one. Just four things.
That tells [...]

‘Little Al’ Helps Rookies Get Up To Speed On Ovals
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 – 17:45 | Comments Off
‘Little Al’ Helps Rookies Get Up To Speed On Ovals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Al Unser Jr. had a big smile on his face and a cigarette in his hand as he sat in a white Buick van behind the pit wall at Kanas Speedway Wednesday. Nothing unusual about any of that.
It was the cause of the smile which was [...]

Harvick Sneaks Past McMurray To Win Talladega
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 – 15:58 | Comments Off
Harvick Sneaks Past McMurray To Win Talladega

They say that at Talladega Superspeedway, the yellow line at the bottom of the track can be a driver’s best friend.
Apparently, Jamie McMurray never heard them say that.
McMurray, leading the race on the final green-white-checkered restart Sunday at Talladega, gave up the bottom of the track to Kevin Harvick as they streaked toward the checkered [...]

Race Day: To Air Is Human at The Dega
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 – 8:27 | One Comment
Race Day: To Air Is Human at The Dega

It’s not true that there will be an FAA representative in the race control booth at Talladega today. NASCAR will first see what happens with spoilers replacing wings on the back of the Sprint Cup cars before bringing in air traffic control.
NASCAR officials, many drivers and several crew chiefs said this week that they feel [...]