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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

Millican Hanging On For Dear Life
Friday, Aug 14, 2009 – 9:10 | Comments Off
Millican Hanging On For Dear Life

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In a conversation which lasted almost 20 minutes, NHRA driver Clay Millican waved off at least four questions concerning the pressure of his current situation.
He said he doesn’t feel any pressure these days, never has felt pressure in drag racing and that any pressure that may be seeping into his [...]

Wood Brothers Cautious Approach Paying Off
Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 – 14:00 | 4 Comments
Wood Brothers Cautious Approach Paying Off

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During the annual NASCAR media tour in Charlotte, N.C., last January, officials from the Wood Brothers Racing team and Ford Racing took to a dais and explained how they were returning to the past in order to improve the future.
Reaction from reporters gathered in the hotel ballroom varied.
Body language, in [...]

Tuesday Memo: Somebody Find Skaife
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 – 8:00 | 4 Comments
Tuesday Memo: Somebody Find Skaife

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in today’s Tuesday Morning Memo:
* You think some NASCAR team owner out there ought to be scrambling right now to come up with the telephone number of Mark Skaife? Think that owner should have the check book out and the seat-fitting department on high alert?
Perhaps, because judging [...]

Race Day: This Isn’t California
Sunday, Aug 9, 2009 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Race Day: This Isn’t California

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Heavy rains  in Upstate New York have forced postponement of the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
The revised schedule calls for the race to begin at noon (EDT) on Monday.  There is, however, a chance for more rain in the area on Monday.
When the race does resume, it will [...]

Memo: Plenty Of Elbow Room In Wallace Pits
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Memo: Plenty Of Elbow Room In Wallace Pits

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Tuesday Morning Memo we find:
• A couple minutes into Monday’s rain-delayed Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, I got an email from person who really, really wants to become a NASCAR fan.
She wanted to know how in the world Mike Wallace had any chance to win [...]

Hamlin Wins Rain-Delayed Pocono Cup Race
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 15:24 | One Comment
Hamlin Wins Rain-Delayed Pocono Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin bumped his way past Clint Bowyer to grab the lead with 10 laps to go in the Sprint Cup Race at Pocono Raceway Monday afternoon and then held off Juan Pablo Montoya to get his first victory of the season.
Montoya hung on to finish second and make up [...]

Race Day: Speeders Could Join Track In Weeping
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 7:00 | One Comment
Race Day: Speeders Could Join Track In Weeping

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The guess here is that teams and drivers in today’s weeper-delayed Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway will be paying a bit more attention to their speeds on pit road. Especially those wanting to, say, win.
The Juan Pablo Montoya situation of last week at Indianapolis was one of the top [...]

Reutimann Knows the Risks Of Taking Risks
Saturday, Aug 1, 2009 – 21:32 | One Comment
Reutimann Knows the Risks Of Taking Risks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
You can ask race car drivers to do a lot of things and they will happily comply. Seemingly insane things, too.
They’ll drive 200 mph an inch away from a concrete wall, they’ll inhale toxic exhaust fumes, they’ll sit inches away from red-hot header pipes in Florida during July and they’ll [...]

Wet Track Good For Scott Dixon
Saturday, Aug 1, 2009 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Wet Track Good For Scott Dixon

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A wet track handed IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon the Peak Motor Oil Pole Award for Saturday night’s Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Red Baron and Edy’s race at Kentucky Speedway.
Dixon will become the first IndyCar Series competitor to start consecutive Kentucky Speedway races from the pole position and will attempt to become the [...]

Ford Boss Says New Engine On Track Soon
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009 – 14:10 | Comments Off
Ford Boss Says New Engine On Track Soon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Brian Wolfe looks very much like the engineer that he is, except maybe for the nice haircut. So when Wolfe, the director of Ford Racing Technology, talks about his company and NASCAR, you get the feeling that here is a guy who knows his product and is not [...]