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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

Memo: The Mainstream Is Stagnant
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009 – 11:22 | 3 Comments
Memo: The Mainstream Is Stagnant

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
As ESPN zipped away from its broadcast of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway at non-restrictor-plate-like speed, I wondered how different the world would be if it were Dale Earnhardt Jr. going for a fourth-straight championship this fall.
I wondered if perhaps the scores of people which the [...]

McMurray, Roush Gel Just In Time To Say Good-Bye
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009 – 16:34 | One Comment
McMurray, Roush Gel Just In Time To Say Good-Bye

The celebration in Victory Lane after Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega seemed a bit more spirited than others we have seen in recent months. The smiles seemed bigger and the emotions more intense.
It was a great scene as Jamie McMurray, Jack Roush and members of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 26 team sprayed champagn, [...]

Race Day: Things Will Go Bump In The Day
Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 – 8:48 | Comments Off
Race Day: Things Will Go Bump In The Day

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Nobody bump drafts in open-wheel racing. Probably because if they did, there wouldn’t be anybody left with whom to bump draft by the end of the race as the entire field would be in the infield care center.
So, you would think that life-long open-wheeler Juan Pablo Montoya would be at [...]

Talladega Notes: Bumping Bumped
Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 – 17:05 | 2 Comments
Talladega Notes: Bumping Bumped

Drivers get black-flagged by officials in Sprint Cup races for goofy driving all the time. But during practice?
That is exactly what happened at Talladega Superspeedway as NASCAR called Michael Waltrip into the pits during practice.
Officials had warned drivers about dangerous bump-drafting at Talladega prior to the practice and when Waltrip started banging on the rear [...]

Cup Notes: Jimmie Needs A Foil
Friday, Oct 30, 2009 – 17:12 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Jimmie Needs A Foil

Chances are looking better and better that four weeks from now, Jimmie Johnson will become the first-ever driver to win four straight Sprint Cup championships.
He already has 46 race victories and he is, debatably, the most feared driver in the most important racing series in North America.
So what’s up with the relative lack of [...]

New Ford Engine Takes To Track
Friday, Oct 30, 2009 – 9:50 | One Comment
New Ford Engine Takes To Track

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Matt Kenseth will be taking one for the team this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and from the sound of it, he is mildly happy to do so. Very mildly.
Kenseth will be one of two Roush Fenway Racing Sprint Cup drivers who will have the Ford FR9 engine under his hood. [...]

Morning Memo: Debris Comes In All Kinds of Sizes
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009 – 10:28 | One Comment
Morning Memo: Debris Comes In All Kinds of Sizes

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo:
Yep, finally saw some of that mysterious debris which NASCAR officials seem so fond of throwing yellow flags at. It was laying there on the track surface near the start/finish line at Martinsville last weekend and aren’t you conspiracy freaks feeling a bit shamed about your wild theories [...]

Kyle Busch Gets New Crew Chief
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 – 11:03 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Gets New Crew Chief

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Joe Gibbs Racing released a statement today announcing that Dave Rogers will replace Steve Addington as crew chief for the Sprint Cup Series No. 18 Toyota starting with the Nov. 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Addington, who has served as crew chief for the No. 18 team the previous five seasons, will be reassigned to [...]

Gordon Puzzled by Montoya’s Abuse
Monday, Oct 26, 2009 – 16:29 | One Comment
Gordon Puzzled by Montoya’s Abuse

Jeff Gordon was a puzzled as he got out of his car following Sunday’s Tums Rapid Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He felt he was being punish during the race, but he wasn’t sure what crime he had committed.
All he could do was consider the source of the of punishment – fellow driver Juan Pablo [...]

Hamlin Wins Race But Johnson Makes His Points
Sunday, Oct 25, 2009 – 16:33 | Comments Off
Hamlin Wins Race But Johnson Makes His Points

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last spring, Jimmie Johnson got the victory at Martinsville Speedway by punting leader Denny Hamlin from behind with just a handful of laps to go. Sunday at Martinsville, Hamlin found a fool-proof method for preventing a replay of that.
Hamlin simply would not allow Johnson to get close enough to his [...]