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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 Brickyard Has Become A Classic
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
Pedley: The Brickyard Has Become A Classic

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is a hot topic making the rounds this week which should not be a topic at all, and that is the need to keep the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on the Sprint Cup schedule.
Yep, there seems to be a sentiment out there that the 400, which will be [...]

Andretti Team Is On Front Row Of Racing Efficiency
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009 – 10:13 | 2 Comments
Andretti Team Is On Front Row Of Racing Efficiency

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – In the infield of Chicagoland Speedway, John Andretti keeps motioning over his shoulder and talking about “that side of the garage”.
He’s sitting in a relatively spartan Sprint Cup hauler as he does it. He’s sitting on a well-used upholstered bench-seat which is, like, naugahyde or something, but [...]

Pedley: Mayfield Keeps Firing Back
Monday, Jul 20, 2009 – 12:15 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Mayfield Keeps Firing Back

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A colleague of mine is having a real hard time negotiating his way through this whole Jeremy Mayfield thing. How in the world, this colleague wonders, can a person as guilty as NASCAR says Mayfield is, go to such extreme lengths to defend himself?
My answer to this anonymous colleague (let’s [...]

Gateway Fails To Hold Back Busch
Sunday, Jul 19, 2009 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Gateway Fails To Hold Back Busch

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Obliterate the name of Gateway International Raceway from the shrinking list of places which have shut down Kyle Busch on race day. Busch conquered Gateway, which is located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Saturday night when he won the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 Nationwide Series [...]

Nationwide Rookie Class Is A Humdinger
Saturday, Jul 18, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Nationwide Rookie Class Is A Humdinger

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Driver Jason Keller has been around the Nationwide Series garages for a while now. He’s seen the prospects and the can’t-miss phenoms and the never-will-haves come and go and in some cases, come back again.
Keller has seen the fat years for young drivers and he’s seen the Slim Fast years. [...]

NASCAR Says Stepmother Saw Mayfield Use Meth
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 – 19:45 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Says Stepmother Saw Mayfield Use Meth

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR on Wednesday filed documents asking that the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte, vacate the recent ruling by Judge Graham C. Mullen which had lifted the suspension of driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield for violating the organization’s substance abuse policy.
The filing came after Mayfield allegedly tested positive [...]

On Anniversary, Montoya Looks Forward
Monday, Jul 13, 2009 – 11:58 | 3 Comments
On Anniversary, Montoya Looks Forward

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – With throwing rumors against the wall to see what will stick being standard operating procedure in journalism’s brave new world, there are very few surprises on the sports-writing beat.
But three years ago at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a beauty of a surprise in store for those covering [...]

Double Is Trouble For Some Sprint Cup Competitors
Sunday, Jul 12, 2009 – 20:59 | 3 Comments
Double Is Trouble For Some Sprint Cup Competitors

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some of the sheen is coming off the new, highly touted, previously praised double-file restart thing and not just because of the of television “talent’s” narcissistic, ad nauseum  “shoooootout staaaal” blitherings.
Drivers, too, seem to be jumping up and down on the use of restarts, where the cars at the front [...]

Race Day: Gordon Committed Serious Error At Chicago in 2005
Saturday, Jul 11, 2009 – 22:21 | Comments Off
Race Day: Gordon Committed Serious Error At Chicago in 2005

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – Jeff Gordon has something to prove in Chicago. A pride thing. Capital “P”, too. Chicago is the site of one of the biggest mistakes Gordon has made during his racing career and by golly, he wants a chance to make amends.
Unfortunately for the four-time Sprint Cup champion, [...]

Eury Back In Garages Sans Bitterness
Friday, Jul 10, 2009 – 21:30 | Comments Off
Eury Back In Garages Sans Bitterness

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – In his final months as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Eury Jr. wore the look of a beaten man. No secret as to why. He was pounded into a light, flaky dough by people who demanded that somebody other than Earnhardt be blamed for Earnhardt’s [...]