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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: Andretti Taking Stock?
Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Memo: Andretti Taking Stock?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
The headlong, frontal assault of stock car racing by open wheelers seems to have ebbed this season. Danica Patrick aside, just a few bored stragglers have dipped their toes in NASCAR waters in recent months.
It could be [...]

Petty, Andrettis To Do Indianapolis 500
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 – 12:41 | Comments Off
Petty, Andrettis To Do Indianapolis 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Two of the great families in American auto racing will team up to race in this year’s Indianapolis 500 it was announced Wednesday.
Andretti Autosport of the Indy Racing League, it was revealed, will work in a joint effort with racing legend Richard Petty and Window World, Inc., to field a [...]

Pedley: Was Winning Decision Good or Lucky?
Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 – 7:51 | Comments Off
Pedley: Was Winning Decision Good or Lucky?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
J.D. Gibbs got good laughs during a post race interview session at Martinsville Speedway Monday afternoon. But you have to wonder if it was laughs he was going for as he talked about the end of the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500.
You’ve got to wonder what Gibbs’ mood would have [...]

Race Day: Welcome To The Martinsville Auto Show
Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 – 8:10 | Comments Off
Race Day: Welcome To The Martinsville Auto Show

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Virtually nobody in the garages at Martinsville Speedway this weekend is expecting that replacing wings with spoilers on the cars is going to radically transform the quality of racing today.
But if cool looking cars are your thing, the prediction is that today’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 is going to [...]

New Owner Has Matos Smiling
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 – 16:07 | One Comment
New Owner Has Matos Smiling

Driving heros? Raphael Matos says he really didn’t have any when he was growing up in Brazil. Aryton Senna, of course, but that was later. After Matos saw how Senna’s death gripped the people of his country.
But heros? Not really.
What Matos did have during his formative years as a driver was small list of Brazilians [...]

Spoilers Produce ‘Some Change’ In Test
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 – 18:58 | Comments Off
Spoilers Produce ‘Some Change’ In Test

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It doesn’t appear that the big questions surrounding the replacing of wings with spoilers on Sprint Cup cars will be answered until the series hits the tracks for real racing in coming weeks.
So said drivers and crew chiefs after the first day of a two-day test of the spoiler-bedecked cars [...]

Pedley: 48 Has Won The Head Game
Monday, Mar 22, 2010 – 7:50 | 2 Comments
Pedley: 48 Has Won The Head Game

For Chad Knaus, it seems to be mission accomplished. It seems that his oft-stated goal of not just winning the mechanical battles against other Sprint Cup teams, but also prevailing in the psychological war, is all but won.
At least that was sure the way it sounded late Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway as contender-who-fell-short [...]

Johnson Gets His First Victory At Bristol
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 – 15:40 | Comments Off
Johnson Gets His First Victory At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson’s war on career hurdles continued Sunday as he got his first-ever Sprint Cup victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The victory came on Johnson’s 17th attempt at the .533-mile bull ring. By normal standards, that is not a long time. By Johnson’s, it seemed like forever.
“Yes, it has been one [...]

Race Day: Bigger Real Estate Squabbles On Tap?
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 – 8:13 | Comments Off
Race Day: Bigger Real Estate Squabbles On Tap?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Safety and excitement tend to be mutually exclusive concepts when it comes to racing. Unlike love and marriage, it just seems that when it comes to safety and excitement, you can’t have one with the other.
In today’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, that theory will be tested as [...]

Pedley: Is Bad Brad Becoming A Garage-Area Outsider?
Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Pedley: Is Bad Brad Becoming A Garage-Area Outsider?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Apparently it is not just Carl Edwards who has cancelled his membership in the Brad Keselowski fan club. Judging from comments issued by other drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, Bad Brad may not exactly be walking among friends as he roams the garages these days.
Jimmie Johnson, for example, [...]