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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

Memo: World Class Hypocrisy
Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 – 11:23 | 2 Comments
Memo: World Class Hypocrisy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the morning memo today:
I see where the Olympics took a huge bite out of the Nielsen ratings for last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The big hockey game was held in Canada that day, I believe.
I say that I believe [...]

No. 17 Passing Chemistry Test
Monday, Mar 1, 2010 – 16:49 | Comments Off
No. 17 Passing Chemistry Test

The color of the car was different. The man on the pit box was different. But after that, things surrounding the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team of driver Matt Kenseth had a familiar look to them over the weekend.
The kind of look they had back in the days when no list of top contenders [...]

Montoya Rips Into McMurray
Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 – 19:54 | 2 Comments
Montoya Rips Into McMurray

You’ve got to wonder how much vitriol would have flowed if Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya were not teammates at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. The way it was, gallons flowed.
The two drivers collided on the race track early in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Afterward, Montoya was anything but delicate with his [...]

Race Day: Guess Which City Is The Driver Favorite?
Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Race Day: Guess Which City Is The Driver Favorite?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Professional race car drivers are generally young, sometimes single and all have pockets full of folding money. The fact that they enjoy going 200 mph in cars that want to lift off the ground at 100 mph testifies to their love of excitement.
So to ask NASCAR drivers if they enjoy [...]

Vegas Notes: Fast Talking Dominates Vegas
Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 – 18:22 | Comments Off
Vegas Notes: Fast Talking Dominates Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Speeds are up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Way up. Entire miles per hour up. Speeds in qualifying and speeds in practice.
Those searching for an answer as to why, are generally hearing a five-letter word – tires.
Kurt Busch won the pole for Sunday’s Shelby American on Friday with [...]

Work Routines Being Spoiled
Friday, Feb 26, 2010 – 9:48 | Comments Off
Work Routines Being Spoiled

Which team will win the Sprint Cup championship in the coming fall? It just might be the team that is best at multitasking during the current winter.
Teams right now today – the smart ones, at least – are not only working on conquering the challenges at hand, they are also grinding away on a challenge [...]

Pedley: Bye-Bye To La La Land?
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 – 14:50 | Comments Off
Pedley: Bye-Bye To La La Land?

Good advice can come from some pretty unlikely sources. Like, say, the following advice:
“My grandmother had a saying: ‘Go little where wanted, go not at all where little wanted.’ ”
It’s advice that NASCAR might want to consider in the coming months. And for a couple of reasons; because of its high degree of common sense [...]

Pedley: Explaining The ‘Gift’
Monday, Feb 22, 2010 – 11:16 | One Comment
Pedley: Explaining The ‘Gift’

Monday leftovers following the NASCAR weekend in Southern California:
So there you are, charting the Auto Club 500 from the dip-stained Barcalounger and suddenly something seems amiss. Jimmie Johnson lines up for the final restart on the bumper of the pace car.
But, but, but…Jeff Burton was there a couple minutes before and Johnson was nowhere in [...]

Johnson Holds Off Harvick To Win At Auto Club
Sunday, Feb 21, 2010 – 18:54 | Comments Off
Johnson Holds Off Harvick To Win At Auto Club

Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson survived a late-race charge by Kevin Harvick and won the Auto Club 500 Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. on Sunday.
The victory was the 48th of Johnson’s career. It tied him with Herb Thomas for 12th place on the all-time win list in Cup.
Johnson, gunning for [...]

Race Day: Teams Looking To Do ‘Mo’ Better Today
Sunday, Feb 21, 2010 – 9:31 | Comments Off
Race Day: Teams Looking To Do ‘Mo’ Better Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Momentum is one of the most talked about intangibles in sports. But is it significant or meaningless? That all depends on who you talk to – and whether they have it or not.
It was talked about a lot in the garages at Auto Club Speedway in the days leading up [...]