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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

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 [...]

Duno Following Heart, Not Danica
Thursday, Dec 24, 2009 – 10:04 | 9 Comments
Duno Following Heart, Not Danica

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is a pretty-fair-sized list of reasons why Milka Duno has opted to give driving stock cars a whirl. Not on that list, she stresses, is the desire to do it simply because Danica Patrick is doing it.
In fact, it might not be wise to even bring up the subject [...]

Memo: Jimmie Was Best Driver In Best Series
Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009 – 9:52 | Comments Off
Memo: Jimmie Was Best Driver In Best Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo for today:
Voting for the Driver of the Year Award is done by way of a secret ballot. And that’s good and necessary. But at the same time, whenever I have voted for all-star teams, most valuable players, plays or players of the year, [...]

Pedley: A Big Yes For Road America
Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009 – 9:23 | 4 Comments
Pedley: A Big Yes For Road America

One of my most vivid memories of going to races at Road America is the smell of feet. Specifically, the smell of my college roommate’s feet. And I’m sure the owner of those feet – Frank is his name – probably has a vivid memory of mine. See, we hadn’t discovered Odor Eaters back in [...]

Nationwide Adds Road Race
Monday, Dec 21, 2009 – 14:10 | One Comment
Nationwide Adds Road Race

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is leaving Milwaukee but not Wisconsin.
NASCAR officials announced Monday that there will be a Nationwide race at the Road America road racing circuit in June.
The race will be moved there from the Milwaukee Mile, which has had financial problems and announced recently that it will shut its doors to big-time racing.
The [...]

Kansas Gearing Up For Second Cup Race
Saturday, Dec 19, 2009 – 8:46 | 3 Comments
Kansas Gearing Up For Second Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – It appears the wish that Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger has been harboring for the last 10 years is about to be granted. It appears that if things go as most people in racing think they will go, Boerger will soon be joining the fraternity of [...]

Memo: Milkamania On Its Way?
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009 – 10:18 | 12 Comments
Memo: Milkamania On Its Way?

Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
Is it possible that Danica Patrick could be just the second-highest-finishing female driver in the 2011 Daytona 500? Yes, I do believe it is. Not probable, but definitely possible.
Word came out last week that Milka Duno has signed to drive an ARCA car for established Nationwide Series team-owner, [...]

Kyle Busch Happy With ‘09, Excited about ‘10
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 – 11:16 | One Comment
Kyle Busch Happy With ‘09, Excited about ‘10

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The most misunderstood driver in NASCAR said Tuesday that nobody should misunderstand this: The 2009 racing season will not be filed away in his personal memory bank under the heading of “Disappointing”.
On the contrary, Kyle Busch said, he’s inserting 2009 into the brain file marked “Great”.
“A lot of successes,” Busch [...]

Memo: Cold Shoulder For Danica?
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 – 14:12 | 2 Comments
Memo: Cold Shoulder For Danica?

Let’s see what’s in the Wednesday Memo today:
James Brown sang that this is a man’s world but it wouldn’t be nothin, nothin, wahaaaa!, without a woman or a girl. When it comes to the NASCAR garages, you might run into the opinion that Brown was only half right.
The first half.
One of the interesting things about [...]

Danica Patrick To Drive In Nationwide Series
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 – 13:20 | 2 Comments
Danica Patrick To Drive In Nationwide Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Danica Patrick announced Tuesday that she will drive a partial Nationwide Series schedule next year and it will be in a car owned and operated by JR Motorsports, the team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick.
Patrick’s first stock-car race is scheduled to be at Daytona International Speedway in [...]