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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

Langdon Cooking At Home
Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 – 8:59 | One Comment
Langdon Cooking At Home

Having grown up just down the road from the track in Pomona, Shawn Langdon knows all the secret spots at that wonderful old dragstrip. He knows the best places to get autographs, to eat, to find freebees, to watch races and to run wild with friends.
On Sunday, he would like to explore one place he [...]

Second Date At Kansas Appears Imminent
Friday, Feb 12, 2010 – 17:11 | One Comment
Second Date At Kansas Appears Imminent

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The final obstacle for construction of a casino – and likely, the addition of a second yearly Sprint Cup race – at Kansas Speedway has been cleared.
Kansas Entertainment, LLC, (“Kansas Entertainment”) a 50/50 joint venture of Penn Hollywood Kansas, Inc. and Kansas Speedway Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of [...]

NASCAR May Allow Multiple GWC Restarts
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 – 10:50 | One Comment
NASCAR May Allow Multiple GWC Restarts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
and Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – NASCAR officials have confirmed that they may change rules on green-white-checkered finishes and make the changes in time for Thursday’s twin Gatorade 150-mile qualifying races.
The change would allow multiple restart attempts prior to the white flag lap.
The changes, first reported by RacinToday Wednesday [...]

Drivers Size Up Super Bowl
Sunday, Feb 7, 2010 – 11:21 | Comments Off
Drivers Size Up Super Bowl

It’s the day which the NFL holds its annual Daytona 500 of football games – the Super Bowl.
Here are some driver picks for this afternoon’s game, which is the second biggest sports event in February:
Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
“I think the Saints are going to beat the Colts. They [...]

Pedley: Did Patrick Make the Grade?
Sunday, Feb 7, 2010 – 10:52 | 16 Comments
Pedley: Did Patrick Make the Grade?

It’s report card day for Danica Patrick.
She has put in her first weekend of stock car racing, the smoke (literal and figurative) has cleared and it’s time to send her home to her people with the news. And here is the news:
Punctuality. A+. She showed up for all her meetings with the public, media and [...]

Ageless Martin Wins 500 Pole
Saturday, Feb 6, 2010 – 15:49 | Comments Off
Ageless Martin Wins 500 Pole

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, [...]

Race Day: The Bud Shootout
Saturday, Feb 6, 2010 – 9:16 | 4 Comments
Race Day: The Bud Shootout

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 [...]

Media Day: They’re Talking Racing
Thursday, Feb 4, 2010 – 12:11 | Comments Off
Media Day: They’re Talking Racing

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 [...]

Memo: Only Engines Should Whine In Daytona
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010 – 9:41 | One Comment
Memo: Only Engines Should Whine In Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Baldwin Out To Make New Memories
Monday, Feb 1, 2010 – 17:52 | One Comment
Baldwin Out To Make New Memories

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 [...]