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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

Race Day: Speeders Could Join Track In Weeping
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 7:00 | One Comment
Race Day: Speeders Could Join Track In Weeping

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The guess here is that teams and drivers in today’s weeper-delayed Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway will be paying a bit more attention to their speeds on pit road. Especially those wanting to, say, win.
The Juan Pablo Montoya situation of last week at Indianapolis was one of the top [...]

Reutimann Knows the Risks Of Taking Risks
Saturday, Aug 1, 2009 – 21:32 | One Comment
Reutimann Knows the Risks Of Taking Risks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
You can ask race car drivers to do a lot of things and they will happily comply. Seemingly insane things, too.
They’ll drive 200 mph an inch away from a concrete wall, they’ll inhale toxic exhaust fumes, they’ll sit inches away from red-hot header pipes in Florida during July and they’ll [...]

Wet Track Good For Scott Dixon
Saturday, Aug 1, 2009 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Wet Track Good For Scott Dixon

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A wet track handed IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon the Peak Motor Oil Pole Award for Saturday night’s Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Red Baron and Edy’s race at Kentucky Speedway.
Dixon will become the first IndyCar Series competitor to start consecutive Kentucky Speedway races from the pole position and will attempt to become the [...]

Ford Boss Says New Engine On Track Soon
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009 – 14:10 | Comments Off
Ford Boss Says New Engine On Track Soon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Brian Wolfe looks very much like the engineer that he is, except maybe for the nice haircut. So when Wolfe, the director of Ford Racing Technology, talks about his company and NASCAR, you get the feeling that here is a guy who knows his product and is not [...]

McMurray Won’t Be Back At Roush In 2010
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 – 15:30 | Comments Off
McMurray Won’t Be Back At Roush In 2010

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Roush Fenway Racing on Tuesday announced its 2010 Sprint Cup driver lineup and that Jamie McMurray will not be back as part of the lineup.
Instead, Roush Fenway president Geoff Smith said that the hope is that McMurray and his team will be absorbed by Yates Racing, which is affiliated with [...]

Memo: Bad Memories Have Long Shelf Life
Monday, Jul 27, 2009 – 9:15 | Comments Off
Memo: Bad Memories Have Long Shelf Life

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Monday Morning Memo we find:
* More on the subject of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and whether or not it is a big, huge, important race.
You can get a sense of the that from the way those who have won the Brickyard talk about it. That’s common [...]

Race Day: ESPN Has Work To Do Starting Today
Sunday, Jul 26, 2009 – 8:00 | 5 Comments
Race Day: ESPN Has Work To Do Starting Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Rich Feinberg has seen the rating numbers for television coverage of the first half of the Sprint Cup season. As vice president for motorsports at ESPN, it is his job to see and study those numbers. And yes, Feinberg says, they are disconcerting.
Beginning this weekend at Indianapolis [...]

All New Is Not All Good for RCR’s Bowyer
Saturday, Jul 25, 2009 – 18:02 | Comments Off
All New Is Not All Good for  RCR’s Bowyer

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – It’s a new Clint Bowyer who is turning laps in the Sprint Cup Series this season. New number on his car, new sponsors on the hood and quarterpanels, and new color on the driver suit.
And that’s all cool.
What is not so cool is Bowyer’s new place in the [...]

It Was A Good Day For Goodyear At The Brickyard
Saturday, Jul 25, 2009 – 8:20 | Comments Off
It Was A Good Day For Goodyear At The Brickyard

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Goodyear officials insisted they were not worried when the Sprint Cup cars were fired up for the first time Friday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but they sure looked relieved when the cars were garaged for the night.
Two one hour-long practices were held at IMS in preparation for [...]

Mayfield Again Banned From Driving
Friday, Jul 24, 2009 – 15:40 | Comments Off
Mayfield Again Banned From Driving

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Jeremy Mayfield is once again under suspension by NASCAR.
The re-suspension of the Sprint Cup team owner/driver is the result of an appeals court ruling made in North Carolina.
NASCAR suspended Mayfield under its substance abuse policy after he failed a test in May.
Mayfield opted to take the suspension to [...]