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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

Johnson Rolls To Pole At Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 – 21:10 | One Comment
Johnson Rolls To Pole At Lowe’s Motor Speedway

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Concord, N.C. – With clouds hanging low and rain seemingly in no hurry to leave the Lowe’s Motor Speedway area, many involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship were put into grumpy moods. They were worried that qualifying would be washed out and that points-leader Jimmie Johnson would [...]

Current Drivers Give First Hall Class Thumbs Up
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 – 15:30 | 2 Comments
Current Drivers Give First Hall Class Thumbs Up

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Concord, N.C. – Wednesday’s selection of the inaugural class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame has generated a fairly hefty amount of heated discussion among fans and critics. But in the sport’s garages on Thursday, the discussion was nothing but civil and positive.
Driver after driver lined up to say first, [...]

The NASCAR Hall Of Fame Has Its First Class
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 – 16:20 | Comments Off
The NASCAR Hall Of Fame Has Its First Class

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Charlotte, N.C. – Several of those who took part in Wednesday’s voting for the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame stood up to remind other voters that what they were doing was nothing less than deciding whose faces will appear on the sport’s Mount Rushmore.
If that’s true then [...]

Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 – 19:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Charlotte, N.C. – The “Meeting Preparation Materials” packet which the NASCAR Hall of Fame sent out is an inch, inch-and-a quarter thick. It’s filled with names and biographies and info about voting procedures and meeting times.
A friend saw it sitting on the dining room table and remarked that it’s going [...]

Sturbin: Franchitti’s Career Comes Full Circle
Monday, Oct 12, 2009 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Sturbin: Franchitti’s Career Comes Full Circle

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Forged over dinner-and-a-napkin, the story of Dario Franchitti’s second IndyCar Series championship is basically about a driver content with his career decision-making. Moreover, it’s the story of a man quite comfortable with being Dario.
“I’m absolutely where I should be. I should be in Indy-cars,” Franchitti said Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami [...]

Race Day: The Chase Looks For Comfortable Home In SoCal
Sunday, Oct 11, 2009 – 9:29 | One Comment
Race Day: The Chase Looks For Comfortable Home In SoCal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The courtship of Southern California by NASCAR continues today and by mid afternoon, we’ll know whether or not the fans in that area have found something to love in Fontana or not.
NASCAR’s latest tactic in trying to lure the ticket-buying public away from their bountiful other Sunday activities and out [...]

Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career
Sunday, Oct 11, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The old gut is telling me two things this morning. First, too many habanero nachos before bed last night. Second, the 28-year Cup-racing career of Mark Martin will be defined by Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
Yes, there will be six more events after the series leaves Fontana late Sunday [...]

de Ferran Rolls Into Retirement A Winner
Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – 21:40 | One Comment
de Ferran Rolls Into Retirement A Winner

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Gil de Ferran drove into retirement at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by winning a narrow and hotly disputed victory from Adrian Fernandez by 0.662 second. But it was David Brabham and Scott Sharp who ended up with the LMP1 championship of the American Le Mans Series.
Twice Fernandez, driving a [...]

Franchitti On The Pole At Homestead
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 18:01 | Comments Off
Franchitti On The Pole At Homestead

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The three drivers contending for the IndyCar Series championship won’t have to work their way through traffic in Sunday’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as they qualified first, second and third on Friday.
Dario Franchitti earned his fifth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season – the third on an oval – with a four-lap average [...]

Starting Times For 2010 Cup Races Will Be Pushed Back
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Starting Times For 2010 Cup Races Will Be Pushed Back

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NASCAR chairman Brian France announced Wednesday that starting times for Sprint Cup races in 2010 will be more standardized, with 28 of the 36 events beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.
France, during a teleconference which also featured officials from all three of NASCAR’s “broadcast partners”, said the decision was based on [...]