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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

Pedley: The C-Word Slows Down Racing
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 – 12:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: The C-Word Slows Down Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* Did too, did not
I tend to continue right on with what I’m doing when I hear one person involved in professional sports accuse another of cheating. Why interrupt a perfectly good day dream just because one pro calls out another for [...]

Pedley: The Big Go Was An Incredible Go Sunday In Indy
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 – 7:14 | 14 Comments
Pedley: The Big Go Was An Incredible Go Sunday In Indy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Who would have thought that sitting in front of a television set for five straight hours on a beautiful autumn holiday would ever be considered a wise investment of one’s time? Well, for sure, those who watched the final eliminations at the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday.
It was [...]

Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals
Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 – 19:00 | One Comment
Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – The eliminations are set for Monday’s finals at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Tops seeds are: Antron Brown in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycles.
After rain subsided and the track opened for final [...]

Race Day: Atlanta A Hot Track For The Drivers
Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 – 13:00 | Comments Off
Race Day: Atlanta A Hot Track For The Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans may or may not enjoy tonight’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. When it comes to the drivers, however, there is virtually no “may not”. They love the wide, racy AMS 1.5-mile D-oval and they don’t mind shouting about that to the world.
Here is what drivers have to say about [...]

U.S. Nationals Is Tour De Force
Saturday, Sep 5, 2009 – 21:30 | Comments Off
U.S. Nationals Is Tour De Force

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The 2009 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is turning into the John Force Racing show as the top four qualifiers through the first three rounds of qualifying in the Funny Car division race are JFR drivers.
Robert Hight leads that bunch, and behind him are Ashley Force Hood, Mike Neff and John Force.
“First off, 1, 2, 3, [...]

Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth
Saturday, Sep 5, 2009 – 9:15 | Comments Off
Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – It’s a baby-steps kind of weekend for Robert Hight at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. You know, pick up small victories here and there and hope that on Monday afternoon they add up to a berth in the Countdown to 1.
Friday night, in the first of five [...]

Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough
Friday, Sep 4, 2009 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – Karen Stoffer crossed the finish line Friday night in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with some pretty warm thoughts racing through her mind. The kind of thoughts that go along with moving ever so close to nailing a berth in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1.
She brought her [...]

Grand-Am Test At Indy Raises Hopes for Race
Friday, Sep 4, 2009 – 17:48 | 3 Comments
Grand-Am Test At Indy Raises Hopes for Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Do not assume that this week’s test of the infield road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway means that holding a Rolex Grand-American Series race at the world’s most famous track is a done deal.
But also do not rule out the possibility of a sports car race at IMS.
“Right [...]

Force To Go It Alone At U.S. Nationals
Friday, Sep 4, 2009 – 15:00 | Comments Off
Force To Go It Alone At U.S. Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – John Force did not really need more incentive at this weekend’s U.S. Nationals. One of his team’s  Funny Car drivers needs a great showing to nail a Countdown to 1 berth, his daughter/driver needs to establish some momentum heading into the Countdown and, oh yes, this is [...]

Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 – 9:45 | 2 Comments
Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s just see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* I’ve always been torn by the media interview procedure in racing.
As a journalist, I like the fact that you are allowed to walk up to a driver who has just climbed out of his car after a wreck or after [...]