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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

Briscoe Noses Past Dixon To Win Chicagoland Thriller
Sunday, Aug 30, 2009 – 7:42 | Comments Off
Briscoe Noses Past Dixon To Win Chicagoland Thriller

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The finish of Saturday night’s Indycar Series race at Chicagoland Speedway required second and, perhaps, third viewings to determine just who had won.
With just two races now remaining, with the cars once again producing the best racing on ovals anywhere, it appears that the 2009 series championship may end up [...]

Ganassi Has Assembled An IndyCar Series Dream Team
Saturday, Aug 29, 2009 – 23:00 | 2 Comments
Ganassi Has Assembled An IndyCar Series Dream Team

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For obvious reasons, race-team officials can be reticent to compare and contrast the drivers who have worked for them over the years. It’s a respect for feelings and friendships thing.
And being nothing if not respectful of the feelings and friendships he has developed during his 14 years as team managing [...]

Crafton Tops Qualifying at Chicagoland
Friday, Aug 28, 2009 – 17:20 | Comments Off

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Matt Crafton won the pole for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
The pole for the EnjoyIllinois.com 250 was the second of Crafton’s Camping World career.
Second fastest in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session at Chicagoland Speedway was Chad McCumbee.
Todd Bodine will start from the No. 3 spot on the grid and Kyle Busch will be [...]

Bowyer’s Car, Back Put Against Wall At Bristol
Friday, Aug 28, 2009 – 10:20 | Comments Off
Bowyer’s Car, Back Put Against Wall At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – It’s a rare weekend off in the Sprint Cup series, and Clint Bowyer’s big hope had been that he would play a little golf in his charity tournament back home in Kansas, have a stress-free beer or two with old buds and mentally prep for his [...]

J.J. Yeley Injured In Short Track Crash
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009 – 11:00 | 6 Comments
J.J. Yeley Injured In Short Track Crash

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Former NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley reportedly suffered three broken vertebrae during a crash at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday night.
Yeley was competing in a race in the Sprint Bandits Series at the half-mile dirt Lakeside track when he was involved in a wreck early in the feature [...]

Tuesday Morning Memo: Keep The Carbs
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009 – 9:45 | 4 Comments
Tuesday Morning Memo: Keep The Carbs

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s just see what’s in today’s Tuesday Morning Memo:
* Technical difficulties
Standing near the NASCAR hauler in the infield at Dover several years ago, then head of NASCAR’s research and development department Gary Nelson admitted he was nervous and not just because he was thinking about the post-race traffic he would [...]

Pedley: Busch, Martin Opt To Do It The Right Way At Bristol
Sunday, Aug 23, 2009 – 21:06 | One Comment
Pedley: Busch, Martin Opt To Do It The Right Way At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It was lesson night at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Kyle Busch showed Mark Martin how to win in the Sharpie 500, and Martin showed Busch how to lose.
And both drivers and the 160,000 fans in the stands came away grateful for those lessons.
Too bad such a large portion of [...]

Ambrose’s Career Is Going Around In Circles
Sunday, Aug 23, 2009 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Ambrose’s Career Is Going Around In Circles

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Saturday was a great day for Australian Marcos Ambrose, not just a G’day, mate.
See, there are few things which Ambrose wants more in racing than to be able to ditch the rep of being a road-race guy. And on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Ambrose took a big swing [...]

Race Day: Night Moves The Right Moves In NASCAR
Saturday, Aug 22, 2009 – 18:50 | 3 Comments
Race Day: Night Moves The Right Moves In NASCAR

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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If you look hard enough, you will find a few pockets of NASCAR fans out there who love the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. But the vast majority of NASCAR fans really, really love it.
The sparks, the noise, the scene, the emotions, the lights, the bumping, the history, the [...]

Pedley: Frye Has Red Bull Charging Toward Chase
Friday, Aug 21, 2009 – 10:08 | One Comment
Pedley: Frye Has Red Bull Charging Toward Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Trips to Austria on the company tab. NASCAR race team on the rise. Generous backing from a corporation which has solid financial footing. Brains. It would be pretty dang easy to envy Jay Frye these days, to want to live his life, except then you would have had to deal [...]