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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

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 [...]

Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough
Friday, Sep 4, 2009 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – Karen Stoffer crossed the finish line Friday night in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with some pretty warm thoughts racing through her mind. The kind of thoughts that go along with moving ever so close to nailing a berth in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1.
She brought her [...]

Grand-Am Test At Indy Raises Hopes for Race
Friday, Sep 4, 2009 – 17:48 | 3 Comments
Grand-Am Test At Indy Raises Hopes for Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Do not assume that this week’s test of the infield road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway means that holding a Rolex Grand-American Series race at the world’s most famous track is a done deal.
But also do not rule out the possibility of a sports car race at IMS.
“Right [...]

Force To Go It Alone At U.S. Nationals
Friday, Sep 4, 2009 – 15:00 | Comments Off
Force To Go It Alone At U.S. Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Clermont, Ind. – John Force did not really need more incentive at this weekend’s U.S. Nationals. One of his team’s  Funny Car drivers needs a great showing to nail a Countdown to 1 berth, his daughter/driver needs to establish some momentum heading into the Countdown and, oh yes, this is [...]

Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 – 9:45 | 2 Comments
Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s just see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* I’ve always been torn by the media interview procedure in racing.
As a journalist, I like the fact that you are allowed to walk up to a driver who has just climbed out of his car after a wreck or after [...]

Childress Says Harvick In No. 29 Car Next Year
Monday, Aug 31, 2009 – 16:59 | Comments Off
Childress Says Harvick In No. 29 Car Next Year

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Richard Childress on Monday put out a statement about the future of Kevin Harvick at Richard Childress Racing.
Also on Monday, Yates Racing announced it is replacing Bobby Labonte as driver of the No. 96 car for seven races this season. He will be replaced by Erik Darnell.
In the statement, Childress [...]

Briscoe Noses Past Dixon To Win Chicagoland Thriller
Sunday, Aug 30, 2009 – 7:42 | Comments Off
Briscoe Noses Past Dixon To Win Chicagoland Thriller

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The finish of Saturday night’s Indycar Series race at Chicagoland Speedway required second and, perhaps, third viewings to determine just who had won.
With just two races now remaining, with the cars once again producing the best racing on ovals anywhere, it appears that the 2009 series championship may end up [...]

Ganassi Has Assembled An IndyCar Series Dream Team
Saturday, Aug 29, 2009 – 23:00 | 2 Comments
Ganassi Has Assembled An IndyCar Series Dream Team

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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For obvious reasons, race-team officials can be reticent to compare and contrast the drivers who have worked for them over the years. It’s a respect for feelings and friendships thing.
And being nothing if not respectful of the feelings and friendships he has developed during his 14 years as team managing [...]

Crafton Tops Qualifying at Chicagoland
Friday, Aug 28, 2009 – 17:20 | Comments Off

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Matt Crafton won the pole for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
The pole for the EnjoyIllinois.com 250 was the second of Crafton’s Camping World career.
Second fastest in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session at Chicagoland Speedway was Chad McCumbee.
Todd Bodine will start from the No. 3 spot on the grid and Kyle Busch will be [...]

Bowyer’s Car, Back Put Against Wall At Bristol
Friday, Aug 28, 2009 – 10:20 | Comments Off
Bowyer’s Car, Back Put Against Wall At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – It’s a rare weekend off in the Sprint Cup series, and Clint Bowyer’s big hope had been that he would play a little golf in his charity tournament back home in Kansas, have a stress-free beer or two with old buds and mentally prep for his [...]