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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

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 [...]

Pedley: Danica Earning Her Respect
Friday, Feb 19, 2010 – 8:29 | One Comment
Pedley: Danica Earning Her Respect

I don’t know Danica Patrick very well at all. I’ve interviewed her a couple of times and have been in on a dozen, maybe 20, group interviews with her. I have interviewed friends and family, been to her hometown in Illinois to poke around and have read a lot about her.
But know her? Very few [...]

Pedley: McMurray Win Stirs Memories of Legend
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 – 17:44 | One Comment
Pedley: McMurray Win Stirs Memories of Legend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
One of the first things that flashed through my head after Jamie McMurray took the checkered flag at Daytona on Sunday was a mental image of Larry Phillips. It was an image which evoked both happiness and hollowness.
People who know racing, know of Phillips. Those who don’t know of Phillips, [...]

Gil de Ferran Returns to Indycars
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 – 17:05 | Comments Off
Gil de Ferran Returns to Indycars

Gil de Ferran, one the IndyCar Series’ most popular and successful drivers, will return to the sport this year as a co-owner of the Luczo-Dragon Racing team.
He will merge his de Ferran Motorsports team, which has competed the last two season in the American Le Mans Series, with the Luczo team, which has been competing [...]

Race Day: Trust To Be Put To The Test In The 500
Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 – 8:24 | Comments Off
Race Day: Trust To Be Put To The Test In The 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It is virtually impossible to win the Daytona 500 without on-track help. Not American Auto Club-type help. Drafting help. Bumping help.
This afternoon, every driver on the track will be looking to hook up with somebody they can “trust”. Every team will attempt to cut “deals” with other teams.
Some drivers have [...]

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 [...]