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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

‘Blick’ Wowed ‘Em Early In ‘09
Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 – 10:40 | Comments Off
‘Blick’ Wowed ‘Em Early In ‘09

It was two races into the 2009 Sprint Cup season and Drew Blickensderfer had gone from being the new guy with the funny name to a history-making crew chief with an impressive nickname.
He had won point-paying Cup races the first two times he climbed atop a pitbox and one of those races was NASCAR’s biggie. [...]

Memo: Classics At Full Song
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 – 18:44 | One Comment
Memo: Classics At Full Song

Let’s see what’s in the Wednesday Memo today:
Those were not really cars that were being sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction last week. They were memories. How else to explain paying more for a 45-year-old Chevrolet than a brand new Ferrari?
But, brother, what memories. Great memories.
How else to explain the countless hours of getting the eyeballs [...]

Rolex Has Grip On NASCAR Boys
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 – 15:10 | One Comment
Rolex Has Grip On NASCAR Boys

Several years back, well after that point when upward-zipping NASCAR had passed downward-spiraling IndyCars on the American racing-popularity charts, open-wheeler Greg Ray was asked his thoughts on that subject.
Specifically why, Ray was queried, were drivers scuttling life-long dreams of open-wheel stardom to get into bigger, heavier and slower stock cars?
Ray needed zero time to ponder [...]

Hamlin Rips Up A Knee On Court
Monday, Jan 25, 2010 – 8:08 | One Comment
Hamlin Rips Up A Knee On Court

Denny Hamlin insists that his ripped-up knee will not keep him out of next month’s Speed Week activities at Daytona International Speedway.
Hamlin injured the knee playing basketball over the weekend. The diagnosis is a torn ACL.
Hamlin is the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Camry. He earned a berth in the Chase [...]

Pedley: Roush Not Totally Wrong
Friday, Jan 22, 2010 – 17:06 | 17 Comments
Pedley: Roush Not Totally Wrong

People in the media are dumping all over Jack Roush this week because of something the hyper-blunt team owner said during the Sprint NASCAR Media Tour on Tuesday.
Being a natural contrarian, I hereby do my duty:
There is some truth in what Roush said. He got some details wrong, he clearly does not have a total [...]

Memo: NASCAR Is Shedding The Ear Muffs
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 – 9:49 | 2 Comments
Memo: NASCAR Is Shedding The Ear Muffs

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
As head of Toyota’s NASCAR effort, Lee White has surely had his share of skirmishes with NASCAR officials. Probably more, bigger and louder ones than have had the heads of the other car manufacturers.
But during an informal chat a couple months ago, [...]

NASCAR May Re-Introduce The Car Of Tomorrow
Monday, Jan 11, 2010 – 13:46 | 2 Comments
NASCAR May Re-Introduce The Car Of Tomorrow

It appears that those in the garages, grandstands and media who have been waging a war of words against the Car of Tomorrow could be on the verge extracting a conditional surrender from NASCAR.
Ramsey Poston, managing director of corporate communications for NASCAR, said Monday that rear-deck wings could be removed from Sprint cars early this [...]

Biffle Ready To Drive The Blues Away
Thursday, Jan 7, 2010 – 9:57 | One Comment
Biffle Ready To Drive The Blues Away

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Greg Biffle on Wednesday, sounded genuinely excited about ending the current NASCAR off season and getting back to work. For a couple of reasons. The usual one about missing the sport he loves. And also to get the dang taste of 2009 out of his and his team’s metaphorical mouths.
Biffle [...]

Memo: Never Place Bet With NBA Player
Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010 – 11:47 | One Comment
Memo: Never Place Bet With NBA Player

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo:
Well, looks like we in auto racing are going to have to change the term we use to describe team sports in this country from stick-and-ball to stick-and-ball-and-9 mm.-semi-automatic-with-a-nine-shot-clip.
The reference here is, of course, to allegations that NBA player Gilbert Arenas got in a squabble with a teammate after [...]

Pedley: Story Of Decade Is Not Open To Debate
Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 – 9:53 | 9 Comments
Pedley: Story Of Decade Is Not Open To Debate

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
With just a couple hours left until the first decade of the 21st Century comes to an end, I thought it might be a good time to think about its defining moment in terms of NASCAR. I keep coming back to the final turn of the final lap of the [...]