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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

Forty Entered In Indy 500
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Forty Entered In Indy 500

Kansas City, Kan. – The entry list for next month’s running of the Indianapolis 500 was released on Wednesday and it contains an impressive 40 entries.
Seventy-eight cars and 34 drivers are on the list of 40 entrants. That means that six more drivers could be added for the 500 and take to the track at [...]

Race Day: GWC Blues
Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Race Day: GWC Blues

Editor’s Note: Persistent rain and a gloomy Sunday evening forecast caused NASCAR to postpone the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races that were scheduled Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup race was rescheduled for noon (EDT) Monday, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide event will follow at about 5 p.m. [...]

Scott Dixon Has His Eyes On The Roads
Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 – 8:18 | Comments Off
Scott Dixon Has His Eyes On The Roads

You have to wonder: Did Scott Dixon pump his fist or shake his head when the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule came out?
Common sense would lead you to think he did the former, but a look at last year’s results might lead you to believe the latter.
During a telephone call last week, Dixon, as per [...]

Pedley: Faith Brings Kahne to HMS
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 – 16:33 | Comments Off
Pedley: Faith Brings Kahne to HMS

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The deal to bring Kasey Kahne to Hendrick Motorsports is so full of holes that if it could walk, it would whistle.
No employer in any other line of work would dare offer a prospective employee the kind of incomplete deal Rick Hendrick is offering Kahne. And any employee who would [...]

Dixon Battles A Top Fuel Monster
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 – 8:59 | Comments Off
Dixon Battles A Top Fuel Monster

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Bring up the fact that he is outgunned 3-to-1 by his biggest rival every time he shows up for an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing event and Larry Dixon just issues his best it-is-what-it-is shrug.
“How do I feel? I feel the same way everybody else feels that has to race [...]

Kahne Will Drive Hendrick No. 5 Car in 2012
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 – 16:09 | Comments Off
Kahne Will Drive Hendrick No. 5 Car in 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kasey Kahne will take flight after the current season and land at Hendrick Motorsports – but not until 2012.
RacinToday has been told by a source familiar with the deal that Kahne has signed a contract with HMS and will be in the No. 5 Hendrick car, which is currently being [...]

Pedley: PIR Post-Mortem
Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 – 9:15 | One Comment
Pedley: PIR Post-Mortem

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scalpel…Bone saw…mop:
Howard Cosell, a sportscaster back in the day when brains were required to be one, had this famous line he uttered after a particularly bad football injury one time.
“The knee,” Cosell said with sorrowful resignation. “Always the knee.”
The knee everybody had their eyes on this [...]

Stewart Looking A Little Green
Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 – 16:53 | Comments Off
Stewart Looking A Little Green

RacinToday.com
It isn’t usually very green around Phoenix International Raceway, which is located in the Arizona desert. But, thanks to Office Depot, which co-sponsors Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet Impala, the track is very green this week.
Office Depot has pledged to balance the entire estimated carbon-dioxide emissions associated with NASCAR’s Subway Fresh Fit 600 on Saturday [...]

Race Day: Kicked Up Race To Test Drivers, Fans?
Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 – 8:23 | Comments Off
Race Day: Kicked Up Race To Test Drivers, Fans?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Interestingly, the promoters at Phoenix International Raceway, site of tonight’s Subway Fresh Fit 600, seem to think that the attention span of the American sports fan is expanding. How else to explain their decision to tack additional laps onto the race?
But in spite of evidence that attention spans and patience [...]

Sarah Fisher Takes Leap Forward
Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 – 7:25 | Comments Off
Sarah Fisher Takes Leap Forward

Scary? Ah, yes, you could say that sinking everything you own and then a whole lot more into something that is as high-risk/low-potential-for-success as an auto racing team is scary.
But Sarah Fisher believes in her rock. The rock which she found during a trip in Brown County, Indiana. The one which is inscribed with these [...]