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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

Pedley: Black Friday’s Come
Friday, Nov 27, 2009 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Pedley: Black Friday’s Come

Black Friday. It’s not just for shoppers anymore.
Maybe it’s the perfect day to look back and remember things we hate to remember but can’t forget. Insane things that we wish never would have happened and now hope will never happen again.
So in the spirit of awards weeks in NASCAR, here goes.
The Black Friday Awards go [...]

Memo: It’s Just Plain Jimmie
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Memo: It’s Just Plain Jimmie

Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
He has now earned the highest of all honors that can be bestowed upon those who spend their lives in the public eye.
More-so than a private jet or his photo on the cover “People Magazine” or his police mugshot on the internet, this honor is a symbol of heaven-high [...]

Pedley: Little Help Over Here, Please
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 – 11:05 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Little Help Over Here, Please

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Five things I don’t understand about what happened over the past 10 months in NASCAR:
First. How in the world can Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus continue run bare foot through thousands of miles of mine fields and come out the other side with every hair still in place?
The fast cars, [...]

Jimmie A Hero In Garages
Sunday, Nov 22, 2009 – 19:52 | Comments Off
Jimmie A Hero In Garages

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson may not be the most-respected driver among fans, but among his peers? Huge respect.
After winning his record fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship Sunday, drivers lined up to to testify in behalf of Johnson and his team.
“I can’t believe Jimmie did it,” Carl Edwards said. “It’s unreal. I really just believed [...]

Race Day: Some Chase Words
Sunday, Nov 22, 2009 – 8:51 | One Comment
Race Day: Some Chase Words

Interestingly, the very existence of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship has come under scrutiny at times in recent weeks. It seems that not everybody loves a winner or, at least, a winning organization.
Very little of that scrutiny emanated from the Sprint Cup garages at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, however. Competitors, some of whom [...]

Montoya Has Message For Haters
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 – 11:15 | One Comment
Montoya Has Message For Haters

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
Sometimes you need an outsider to properly dope out a particular situation. Sometimes excessive familiarity can leave people jaded toward that situation. Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to see what’s going on in a situation.
Perhaps that was the role Juan Pablo Montoya was performing during last week’s NASCAR [...]

NHRA Honors Its Champs
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 – 9:47 | Comments Off
NHRA Honors Its Champs

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Welcome to Wally World.
Tony Schumacher, the first Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to win six consecutive Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships and seven overall, headlined the four world championship-winning drivers crowned Monday evening during the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in West [...]

Johnson Takes Leisurely Ride To Victory Lane
Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 – 18:27 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Leisurely Ride To Victory Lane

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jimmie Johnson will not only head to the season-ending Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend with a super-solid points lead, he will head there with maximum momentum as well.
Johnson won Sunday’s Checkers O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and did it in boringly easy fashion.
Johnson led [...]

Race Day: ‘The People’ Are Watching Martin
Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 – 9:35 | One Comment
Race Day: ‘The People’ Are Watching Martin

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There are still a few unknowns about the 2009 Sprint Cup season. Like, the name of the eventual champion – though that could become known today at Phoenix International Raceway.
But there is one thing that is locked down but good, and that would be the name of the person who [...]

Schumacher Wants This Championship Bad
Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 – 18:14 | 4 Comments
Schumacher Wants This Championship Bad

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This time around there is more than just money and trophies and championships at stake for Tony Schumacher. This time around he needs it as much as wants it. This time around, it is truly and literally personal for Schumacher.
The winner of the last five NHRA Top Fuel champions, Schumacher [...]