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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

Mike Edwards Shows He Can Seal The Deal
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 – 9:30 | Comments Off
Mike Edwards Shows He Can Seal The Deal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – In auto racing, mea culpas have pretty much given way to somebodyelsea culpas. Especially when it comes to drivers. The only problems they have these days tend to be those created by others.
Then there was Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards. He of the U-shaped pointing finger. Justly [...]

Hight Fires Back By Winning Carolinas Nationals
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 – 18:40 | Comments Off
Hight Fires Back By Winning Carolinas Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – A lot of people were not crazy about the way in which Robert Hight earned his berth in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1. In fact, a lot of people said, Hight did not earn that berth at all.
But not many claimed that Hight was not worthy of [...]

Four-Wide Racing Drives Fans Wild
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 – 18:40 | 3 Comments
Four-Wide Racing Drives Fans Wild

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – They went racing four-wide in Top Fuel and Funny Cars at zMAX Dragway on Sunday afternoon and what more can you say than; Is there an audiologist in the house?
The ground shook, teeth rattled, fans jumped, history was made and John Force got out of his Funny [...]

Race Day: New Hampshire Is The Place For The Chase
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 – 13:49 | Comments Off
Race Day: New Hampshire Is The Place For The Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It wasn’t that long ago that New Hampshire Motor Speedway was about as popular with NASCAR drivers as jock itch. No longer.
The track has been repaved and redone over the years and is now regarded by many in the sport as a track with character.
The fact that is has become [...]

Drivers Named For Historic Drag Race
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 – 13:45 | Comments Off
Drivers Named For Historic Drag Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – There was a consolation prize for teams and drivers in the Top Fuel and Funny Car series that were knocked out of the NHRA Carolinas Nationals on Sunday. They were awarded a chance to make history by racing in an exhibition four-wide event.
In the Top Fuel race, [...]

Doug Herbert Races On With A Still-Aching Heart
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Doug Herbert Races On With A Still-Aching Heart

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com.
Concord, N.C. – Virtually every day for the past 20 months, Doug Herbert has pulled out of the driveway of his home in Cornelius, N.C., headed up the street and passed the site where the first part of his life came to an end.
And every day for the past 20 [...]

Dixon Jumps To The Top In Top Fuel
Saturday, Sep 19, 2009 – 17:00 | Comments Off
Dixon Jumps To The Top In Top Fuel

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – It was cloudy, relatively cool and it seemed the conditions at the zMAX Dragway were pretty darn good for Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals.
But, warned Top Fuel driver Antron Brown, the conditions were not perfect so he did not expect that [...]

Woody: NASCAR – Do You Know Where Your Star Is?
Saturday, Sep 19, 2009 – 11:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: NASCAR – Do You Know Where Your Star Is?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
He’s lean and lanky with scruffy chin-whiskers. Usually surrounded by a throng of panting fans. Answers to the name of “Junior.”
If you spot him, please call NASCAR immediately. It’s worried sick.
Even if Dale Earnhardt Jr., turns up, it’s too late in terms of the championship. The Chase kicks off Sunday [...]

Cruz Pedregon Not Rolling Over
Friday, Sep 18, 2009 – 19:00 | Comments Off
Cruz Pedregon Not Rolling Over

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – No pressure, nothing to prove and no revenge motive. That’s what Cruz Pedregon said Friday night after grabbing the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car competition at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals.
His motivation on Friday, and will be for the rest of the season, Pedregon said, [...]

In A Twist, Points Snuck Up on Drivers in NHRA
Friday, Sep 18, 2009 – 12:01 | Comments Off
In A Twist, Points Snuck Up on Drivers in NHRA

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – The cell phone was out of Ron Capps’ pocket like a Colt .44 out John Wayne’s holster when he got the news that the NHRA Full Throttle drag racing series was going to adjust its point-paying system for the start of Countdown to 1.
He texted up the [...]