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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

In A Twist, Points Snuck Up on Drivers in NHRA
Friday, Sep 18, 2009 – 12:01 | Comments Off
In A Twist, Points Snuck Up on Drivers in NHRA

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – The cell phone was out of Ron Capps’ pocket like a Colt .44 out John Wayne’s holster when he got the news that the NHRA Full Throttle drag racing series was going to adjust its point-paying system for the start of Countdown to 1.
He texted up the [...]

Morning Memo: Is The Gorilla Sick Or Just Not Eating?
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 – 8:12 | 2 Comments
Morning Memo: Is The Gorilla Sick Or Just Not Eating?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in today’s Wednesday Morning Memo:
* There it was, printed in Sports Illustrated on that thick glossy stock to which no known ink can properly adhere thus assuring messy smearing and transfer to everything from your white bread sandwich to your West Highland White Terrier.
“Give ‘Em Away”, the [...]

Pedley: Time For One More Teeny Tweak
Sunday, Sep 13, 2009 – 8:00 | 16 Comments
Pedley: Time For One More Teeny Tweak

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If it’s not a unanimous opinion that the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship is a wonderful thing, then it is at least a very strong consensus. It is doing everything it is supposed to do as it adds excitement to a sport that tends to get lost when football [...]

Race Day: They’ll Be After The Bonus, Babies
Saturday, Sep 12, 2009 – 11:00 | One Comment
Race Day: They’ll Be After The Bonus, Babies

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Many eyes in the grandstands at Richmond International Raceway for tonight’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will be on the rumble for the final Chase berths. But in the cockpits and pits, eyes will be on what could turn out to be a fairly important prize.
Yes, the really cool guitar [...]

Pedley: The C-Word Slows Down Racing
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 – 12:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: The C-Word Slows Down Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* Did too, did not
I tend to continue right on with what I’m doing when I hear one person involved in professional sports accuse another of cheating. Why interrupt a perfectly good day dream just because one pro calls out another for [...]

Pedley: The Big Go Was An Incredible Go Sunday In Indy
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 – 7:14 | 14 Comments
Pedley: The Big Go Was An Incredible Go Sunday In Indy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Who would have thought that sitting in front of a television set for five straight hours on a beautiful autumn holiday would ever be considered a wise investment of one’s time? Well, for sure, those who watched the final eliminations at the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday.
It was [...]

Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals
Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 – 19:00 | One Comment
Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – The eliminations are set for Monday’s finals at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Tops seeds are: Antron Brown in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycles.
After rain subsided and the track opened for final [...]

Race Day: Atlanta A Hot Track For The Drivers
Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 – 13:00 | Comments Off
Race Day: Atlanta A Hot Track For The Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans may or may not enjoy tonight’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. When it comes to the drivers, however, there is virtually no “may not”. They love the wide, racy AMS 1.5-mile D-oval and they don’t mind shouting about that to the world.
Here is what drivers have to say about [...]

U.S. Nationals Is Tour De Force
Saturday, Sep 5, 2009 – 21:30 | Comments Off
U.S. Nationals Is Tour De Force

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The 2009 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is turning into the John Force Racing show as the top four qualifiers through the first three rounds of qualifying in the Funny Car division race are JFR drivers.
Robert Hight leads that bunch, and behind him are Ashley Force Hood, Mike Neff and John Force.
“First off, 1, 2, 3, [...]

Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth
Saturday, Sep 5, 2009 – 9:15 | Comments Off
Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – It’s a baby-steps kind of weekend for Robert Hight at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. You know, pick up small victories here and there and hope that on Monday afternoon they add up to a berth in the Countdown to 1.
Friday night, in the first of five [...]