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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

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 [...]

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 [...]