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
Apparently Mark Martin’s wonderful 2009 story was not a fluke, apparently Dale Earnhardt’s Jr.’s horrible 2009 story was and apparently Hendrick Motorsports will again be the team to beat in Sprint Cup this season.
All of that being apparent, that is, if qualifying for the 2010 Daytona 500 means anything.
Martin, who turned 51 in last month, [...]
To most of the racing world, the Budweiser Shootout is an all-star race. It’s a largely ceremonial event that kicks off the Sprint Cup season and pits the top drivers in the series against each other for a for-fun-only race that is more about pride than money.
But racing being a big business and NASCAR being [...]
They won’t be racin’ until Saturday but on Thursday, they were talkin’. It’s Media Day at Daytona and that means the top drivers will be dispensing information – or not – from early in the morning until early in the evening. RacinToday will keep track of the top drivers’ top quotes and update them [...]
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
Media Day for the Daytona 500 is just a couple of hours away. It will offer reporters their first chance to ask many of the scores of drivers who attend it their thoughts on the recent announcement by NASCAR that purses will be [...]
Tommy Baldwin Jr. simply would not let a recent talk about racing turn into a mushy, emotional look back at Speedweeks 2009. He deftly turned aside questions about being one of the great stories of last year’s Daytona 500 during a phone call last week. He gave short answers to the questions he did answer [...]
Hurley Haywood has learned a lot of things during his many years of driving sports cars. And one of those things was on his mind this week as he prepared for this weekend’s running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
And that is; do it right or don’t do it at all.
No longer able to to [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]