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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

Race Day: There Are 1.5 Reasons Why Kansas Is Important
Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 – 10:23 | One Comment
Race Day: There Are 1.5 Reasons Why Kansas Is Important

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – Today’s Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway is the third of the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, but it’s the first at the type of track which is the most prevalent in the 10-race playoff. Kansas Speedway is an intermediate.
It’s 1.5 miles around and [...]

Dixon Has Big Point Day In Memphis
Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 – 17:30 | One Comment
Dixon Has Big Point Day In Memphis

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Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon earned the pole and took advantage of NHRA’s new qualifying bonus-point system and earned the maximum 12 points for the second consecutive race during two days of qualifying at the O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
Robert Hight, Mike Edwards and Hector Arana also claimed No. 1 qualifying positions in [...]

Kansas Notes: Changes Could Affect Fans
Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 – 15:50 | 3 Comments
Kansas Notes: Changes Could Affect Fans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – Word is that NASCAR is eyeing two future schedule changes which would affect television viewers and would affect viewers in the grandstands.
Grant Lynch, chairman of Talladega Superspeedway and International Speedway Corporation’s vice president of strategic operations, has heard about both and talked about both on Saturday.
The [...]

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 [...]