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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: This Isn’t California
Sunday, Aug 9, 2009 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Race Day: This Isn’t California

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Heavy rains  in Upstate New York have forced postponement of the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
The revised schedule calls for the race to begin at noon (EDT) on Monday.  There is, however, a chance for more rain in the area on Monday.
When the race does resume, it will [...]

Memo: Plenty Of Elbow Room In Wallace Pits
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Memo: Plenty Of Elbow Room In Wallace Pits

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Tuesday Morning Memo we find:
• A couple minutes into Monday’s rain-delayed Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, I got an email from person who really, really wants to become a NASCAR fan.
She wanted to know how in the world Mike Wallace had any chance to win [...]

Hamlin Wins Rain-Delayed Pocono Cup Race
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 15:24 | One Comment
Hamlin Wins Rain-Delayed Pocono Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin bumped his way past Clint Bowyer to grab the lead with 10 laps to go in the Sprint Cup Race at Pocono Raceway Monday afternoon and then held off Juan Pablo Montoya to get his first victory of the season.
Montoya hung on to finish second and make up [...]

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 [...]