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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

Schumacher Wants This Championship Bad
Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 – 18:14 | 4 Comments
Schumacher Wants This Championship Bad

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This time around there is more than just money and trophies and championships at stake for Tony Schumacher. This time around he needs it as much as wants it. This time around, it is truly and literally personal for Schumacher.
The winner of the last five NHRA Top Fuel champions, Schumacher [...]

Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
I would have loved to have had a front-row seat for what went on at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Not on the race track, but in the garages. Would have loved to have pushed up a nice, comfy-leather chair, ordered a pizza and sat and watched as [...]

Race Day: It’s Around No. 8 Of Chase
Sunday, Nov 8, 2009 – 9:48 | Comments Off
Race Day: It’s Around No. 8 Of Chase

Another Chase weekend and another oval race. Some think that should change, that a road race should be included in the 10-race playoff, if for no other reason, to break up the monotony.
You would think those people would have the vehement support of one of the best road racers of all time, Juan Pablo Montoya.
Those [...]

Busch Earns Win, Hornaday’s Wrath
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 23:13 | 2 Comments
Busch Earns Win, Hornaday’s Wrath

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch made it five series victories in a row Friday night when he won the WinStar World Casino 350 Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. He also made the series point-leader rather angry.
Busch got the victory by holding off Matt Crafton on the final green-flag run. [...]

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
RacinToday
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
RacinToday.com
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. [...]