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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

Dixon On Pole In Baltimore
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 – 17:11 | Comments Off
Dixon On Pole In Baltimore

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Scott Dixon earned the pole position for Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race in the streets of Baltimore by blitzing the 2.04-mile, 12-turn street circuit in 1 minute, 18.0838 seconds on his final lap.
The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s pole was his 19th.  It broke a tie with Danny Sullivan and Dixon is now tied with [...]

Time To Roll Out Tweaks To The Countdown?
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 – 11:56 | Comments Off
Time To Roll Out Tweaks To The Countdown?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Ron Capps is locked into this year’s Countdown. He’s won two of the last three NHRA events and is second in the Funny Car point standings with one race to go until the start of the playoffs, so he’ll likely be in great shape once the six-race Countdown begins.
Yet Capps [...]

The Big Go Just May Be The Greatest Go In Racing
Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 – 10:42 | Comments Off
The Big Go Just May Be The Greatest Go In Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A lot of people have written a lot of words about the allure of the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals, the 2013 edition of which is scheduled for this week.
Last week during a media teleconference, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Michael Ray offered his two cents. It was a response which surely resonated [...]

Busch Headed To Stewart-Haas
Monday, Aug 26, 2013 – 13:25 | Comments Off
Busch Headed To Stewart-Haas

Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Tuesday that it is expanding to a fourth Sprint Cup team and that former Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch will drive that car.
SHR held a press conference in North Carolina about “future expansion” of the team, which is co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas.
“I’ve had a tremendous amount of respect [...]

Kansas A Battleground In The Fight Over ‘Rovals’
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 – 13:25 | Comments Off
Kansas A Battleground In The Fight Over ‘Rovals’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jim France looked to be in a good mood as he walked the paddocks at Kansas Speedway after Saturday night’s debut Grand-Am Rolex Series race at the facility. He looked like a politician in an election year as he smiled, patted backs and shook hands with [...]

Stewart Out For Season; Martin To Drive No. 14
Monday, Aug 19, 2013 – 14:09 | Comments Off
Stewart Out For Season; Martin To Drive No. 14

Mark Martin will fill in for injured Tony Stewart and drive the No. 14 Stewart- Haas Racing Chevrolet it was announced on Monday. Martin will drive in the rest of the Cup races with the exception of the one at Talladega, where Austin Dillon will be in the car.
Stewart, who suffered a broken leg in [...]

Logano Gets Penske A Cup Victory In Michigan
Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 – 20:10 | Comments Off
Logano Gets Penske A Cup Victory In Michigan

Joey Logano buzzed past a fuel-less Mark Martin for the lead with four laps to go and went on to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
The victory was the first of the year for Logano, who moved to Penske Racing from Joe Gibbs Racing, for the 2013 season. It came [...]

Jordan Taylor Holds Off Pruett To Win In Kansas
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 – 21:54 | Comments Off
Jordan Taylor Holds Off Pruett To Win In Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – With Jordan Taylor driving the final stint, the No. 10 Daytona Prototype Corvette of Wayne Taylor Racing captured the inaugural SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.
The victory was the third of the Grand-Am Rolex season for the WTR duo of Taylor, driving his [...]

Beckman P1 In Brainerd
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 – 18:21 | Comments Off
Beckman P1 In Brainerd

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Defending Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman raced to his second consecutive pole position at Brainerd International Raceway Saturday during the final day of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) will also lead their categories when eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m. for the NHRA Mello [...]

Grand-Am’s Lally Says He Needs A Major Dose Of Victory
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 – 7:22 | Comments Off
Grand-Am’s Lally Says He Needs A Major Dose Of Victory

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The gray clouds that produced rain and gloom at Kansas Speedway on Thursday lifted on Saturday as unseasonably comfortable sunny weather settled back in. Except around the paddock space occupied by Andy Lally. There, an irritating chill persisted.
Lally, who co-drives the No. 44 Porsche GT3 Cup car of Magnus Racing, has [...]