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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

Busch Back in Winning Form
Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 – 16:15 | Comments Off
Busch Back in Winning Form

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kyle Busch passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano with 36 laps to go in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and then eased away to victory.
The victory was the fifth of the year for Busch and allowed him to stretch his points lead over Carl Edwards, [...]

Schumacher Loses Top Tuner But Retains His Fastball
Friday, Jun 26, 2009 – 16:22 | Comments Off
Schumacher Loses Top Tuner But Retains His Fastball

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – Oh yeah, Tony Schumacher had heard the talk, all right. Loud and clear, even though much of that talk was snarkily whispered. And judging from the way Schumacher acknowledges that he heard the talk, it stung him.
Lord, it would sting anybody to hear that all of the [...]

Dodge Getting Boost From The R6
Friday, Jun 26, 2009 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Dodge Getting Boost From The R6

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Except for those gaga-about-Fiat kinds of people out there, the news about Chrysler has been pretty much a steady stream of sewage. Cutbacks, bailouts, dealer closings, layoffs, bankruptcy are all words which have been attached to the Chrysler name in recent months and not as potential names for the company’s [...]

Pedley: Some Birds Not Meant To Fly
Monday, Jun 22, 2009 – 10:10 | 6 Comments
Pedley: Some Birds Not Meant To Fly

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In the Monday Morning Memo today we find:
* How can you not find what you saw Sunday at Infineon Raceway entertaining? You may not want to call it racing, especially of the NASCAR variety. But as entertainment, it got an 7.3 on the hoot-o-meter.
Sprint Cup cars weigh 3,450 pounds. That’s [...]

Kahne Holds Off Stewart To Win On Roads Of Infineon
Monday, Jun 22, 2009 – 7:20 | Comments Off
Kahne Holds Off Stewart To Win On Roads Of Infineon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kasey Kahne  makes great television commercials, was one of the best-ever USAC drivers and is considered quite dreamy by young female fans. But a great – or even good – road racer? Did we mention that he was dreamy?
But late Sunday afternoon in the wine country of Northern California, Kahne [...]

Franchitti Wins At Iowa
Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 – 14:24 | Comments Off
Franchitti Wins At Iowa

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Dario Franchitti became a two-time winner at Iowa Speedway Sunday when he won the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
The victory moved the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver to second place in the IndyCar Series standings and to within three points of leader Ryan Briscoe.
Briscoe, of Team Penske, finished second, over 5 seconds behind.
Hideki Mutoh of Andretti [...]

Restarts Could Be Where Trouble Starts
Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Restarts Could Be Where Trouble Starts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Being a native of Colombia, Juan Pablo Montoya still has a bit of trouble with the English language. And from time to time, that can lead to translation problems and even misunderstandings.
But in talking about restarts under NASCAR’s new double-file procedure during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race on the road course [...]

Pedley: Road Racing Skill Essential For Driver Cred
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 22:39 | Comments Off
Pedley: Road Racing Skill Essential For Driver Cred

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There are a number of things about Sprint Cup road racing which should and will be debated for as long as NASCAR opts to run races at places like Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International.
Things like, should NASCAR continue to run races at those places? And should a road [...]

Woods Lend Said Several Hands
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Woods Lend Said Several Hands

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The Wood Brothers Racing team won’t have a car in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway, but they will have a crew.
The team has lent its over-the-wall gang to Boris Said, who will start ninth in the race driving the Ford Fusion of No Fear Racing.
“We spoke a few [...]

Spare The Corny Jokes; Iowa Speedway Is Becoming Rural Legend
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Spare The Corny Jokes; Iowa Speedway Is Becoming Rural Legend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The reasoning of the day sounded unassailable: Build giant, mother-ship race tracks as close as possible to the major population centers of America. That is, bring the racing to the people, open the gates and be careful not to get an arm or a leg caught as the turnstiles spun [...]