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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

Logano Says No Long-Term Emotional Scarring From Wreck
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 – 19:50 | 2 Comments
Logano Says No Long-Term Emotional Scarring From Wreck

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – Rookie driver Joey Logano spent a good 15 minutes Friday morning trying to reassure everybody who follows auto racing that his dramatic barrel-roll wreck at Dover International Speedway last week was no big deal. Just a racing deal and certainly will have no long-term emotional effects.
And [...]

Kansas Notes: Drivers Dealing With ‘Tar Of Death’
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 – 17:00 | 2 Comments
Kansas Notes: Drivers Dealing With ‘Tar Of Death’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – It seems there could be trouble with the racing surface at Kansas Speedway. That trouble would be with the seams. The tar filling the seams, to be exact, is sending the Sprint Cup cars off their intended course.
Driver Kurt Busch called it, “The tar of death”.
Jeff [...]

NASCAR Says Hendrick Cars Were Legal
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 – 10:00 | Comments Off
NASCAR Says Hendrick Cars Were Legal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – NASCAR officials said Friday that they had indeed warned Hendrick Motorsports officials that the cars of Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin were close to exceeding legal tolerances, but that the cars were not illegal.
“It was just an informal warning,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said at Kansas [...]

IndyCar Notes: Franchitti Not Pumped Up About Tire Test
Thursday, Oct 1, 2009 – 19:07 | Comments Off
IndyCar Notes: Franchitti Not Pumped Up About Tire Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Championship contender Dario Franchitti found himself in the awkward – and certainly risky – position of tire-testing around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval Tuesday and Wednesday with the season-ender looming on Oct. 10.
Franchitti is among three drivers vying for the 2009 IndyCar Series title, but neither Target Chip Ganassi [...]

Rookie-Owner Stewart Knew Times Would Get Tough
Thursday, Oct 1, 2009 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
Rookie-Owner Stewart Knew Times Would Get Tough

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – Tony Stewart began nodding affirmatively well before the question was fully put to him on Wednesday. He’s been around racing, he’s been around the media and he knew almost immediately what he is about to be asked.
And he was ready with an answer.
Yes, Stewart said, the [...]

Wednesday Memo: Kansas Is Home Of Bizarre Finishes
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 – 17:37 | Comments Off
Wednesday Memo: Kansas Is Home Of Bizarre Finishes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the old Wednesday Memo today:
While predicting a winner for this weekend’s Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway is tough, predicting that something goofy will happen at the end of the race has become fairly easy. Kansas, yes, has become bizarre-finish central in the [...]

Knaus Is Hearing The Sounds Of Success In Cup Garages
Monday, Sep 28, 2009 – 15:20 | Comments Off
Knaus Is Hearing The Sounds Of Success In Cup Garages

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Chad Knaus is beginning to hear exactly what he wants to hear at Sprint Cup tracks and it is not just the sound of well-tuned Hendrick Motorsport engines. Knaus is hearing the sound of fear in his opponents.
He heard it before Sunday’s victory at Dover International Speedway and he heard [...]

Race Day: Surface Issues To Challenge Dover Drivers Today
Sunday, Sep 27, 2009 – 9:58 | Comments Off
Race Day: Surface Issues To Challenge Dover Drivers Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Today’s Sprint Cup race will be held on the concrete surface of Dover International Speedway. It will be one the few races during the season to be held on a white surface and the first and only Chase race to be held on an all-concrete track.
As with other burning, modern [...]

Pedley: Danica Has Apparently Made The Right Decision
Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 – 16:55 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Danica Has Apparently Made The Right Decision

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Danica Patrick’s recent decision to re-sign with Andretti Green Racing and thus remain a NASCAR spectator instead of a NASCAR participant was a good move. Folks, it was the only move.
Patrick is, quite simply, an open-wheeler. It’s what she was, is and should forever be. If she is to meet [...]

Morning Memo: Wolfe Not Sheepish About Ponies
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 – 9:45 | Comments Off
Morning Memo: Wolfe Not Sheepish About Ponies

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the old Wednesday Morning Memo today:
Brian Wolfe often wears a suit, but he is not what is often derisively referred to as “a suit”. The head of Ford’s racing operation, Wolfe has no problem with speaking directly to issues and offering his and Ford’s opinions. The [...]