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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

Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 – 19:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Charlotte, N.C. – The “Meeting Preparation Materials” packet which the NASCAR Hall of Fame sent out is an inch, inch-and-a quarter thick. It’s filled with names and biographies and info about voting procedures and meeting times.
A friend saw it sitting on the dining room table and remarked that it’s going [...]

Sturbin: Franchitti’s Career Comes Full Circle
Monday, Oct 12, 2009 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Sturbin: Franchitti’s Career Comes Full Circle

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Forged over dinner-and-a-napkin, the story of Dario Franchitti’s second IndyCar Series championship is basically about a driver content with his career decision-making. Moreover, it’s the story of a man quite comfortable with being Dario.
“I’m absolutely where I should be. I should be in Indy-cars,” Franchitti said Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami [...]

Race Day: The Chase Looks For Comfortable Home In SoCal
Sunday, Oct 11, 2009 – 9:29 | One Comment
Race Day: The Chase Looks For Comfortable Home In SoCal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The courtship of Southern California by NASCAR continues today and by mid afternoon, we’ll know whether or not the fans in that area have found something to love in Fontana or not.
NASCAR’s latest tactic in trying to lure the ticket-buying public away from their bountiful other Sunday activities and out [...]

Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career
Sunday, Oct 11, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The old gut is telling me two things this morning. First, too many habanero nachos before bed last night. Second, the 28-year Cup-racing career of Mark Martin will be defined by Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
Yes, there will be six more events after the series leaves Fontana late Sunday [...]

de Ferran Rolls Into Retirement A Winner
Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – 21:40 | One Comment
de Ferran Rolls Into Retirement A Winner

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Gil de Ferran drove into retirement at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by winning a narrow and hotly disputed victory from Adrian Fernandez by 0.662 second. But it was David Brabham and Scott Sharp who ended up with the LMP1 championship of the American Le Mans Series.
Twice Fernandez, driving a [...]

Franchitti On The Pole At Homestead
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 18:01 | Comments Off
Franchitti On The Pole At Homestead

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The three drivers contending for the IndyCar Series championship won’t have to work their way through traffic in Sunday’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as they qualified first, second and third on Friday.
Dario Franchitti earned his fifth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season – the third on an oval – with a four-lap average [...]

Starting Times For 2010 Cup Races Will Be Pushed Back
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Starting Times For 2010 Cup Races Will Be Pushed Back

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NASCAR chairman Brian France announced Wednesday that starting times for Sprint Cup races in 2010 will be more standardized, with 28 of the 36 events beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.
France, during a teleconference which also featured officials from all three of NASCAR’s “broadcast partners”, said the decision was based on [...]

Morning Memo: Danica Ready To Bring It?
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 – 9:00 | 4 Comments
Morning Memo: Danica Ready To Bring It?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Back during the days when the only thing I used glasses for was drinking domestic beer, I absolutely loved Formula One. Loved every noun-related aspect of it; it’s people, places and things.
But about the time I began to use glasses in order [...]

Pedley: Drama Survives A Weekend In Kansas
Monday, Oct 5, 2009 – 15:00 | Comments Off
Pedley: Drama Survives A Weekend In Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – At mid afternoon on Sunday, it was all turning into a droner. The race, the season and the mood. It was not what the full house at Kansas Speedway wanted and it was certainly not what NASCAR and ESPN wanted. Drama was headed for the airport.
But [...]

Stewart Wins: It’s A Case Of Smoke And Tires At Kansas
Monday, Oct 5, 2009 – 7:30 | One Comment
Stewart Wins: It’s A Case Of Smoke And Tires At Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Tony Stewart did not need to be reminded during the week leading up to Sunday’s Sprint Cup race Kansas Speedway that he and his team were in a bit of a slump. Plain and simple, he wasn’t crazy about being reminded that he’d had just one [...]