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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

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 [...]

Logano Holds Off Busch To Get Nationwide Win
Friday, Jul 10, 2009 – 21:29 | 2 Comments
Logano Holds Off Busch To Get Nationwide Win

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – It was all Joe Gibbs Racing almost all of the time in Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
JGR driver Joey Logano won the Dollar General 300 and teammate Kyle Busch finished second. Between them, they dominated the laps-led stat.
The victory was third of the season [...]

Edwards On Nationwide Pole
Friday, Jul 10, 2009 – 16:23 | Comments Off
Edwards On Nationwide Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – Carl Edwards will kick up his quest to deprive Kyle Busch of the 2009 Nationwide Series championship with a pole-position start in Friday night’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Edwards won the pole by posting a lap at 176.956 mph in the rain-delayed Friday afternoon qualifying session.
It was the [...]

Pedley: Who Says NASCAR Has No Villains?
Thursday, Jul 9, 2009 – 21:00 | One Comment
Pedley: Who Says NASCAR Has No Villains?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – Ask people in racing about what it is that is wrong with NASCAR these days and you get a laundry list so long that it would scare the bejeezus out of both Proctor and Gamble. But there is a top to that list and that spot often [...]

Vickers On Pole In Chicagoland
Thursday, Jul 9, 2009 – 20:59 | Comments Off
Vickers On Pole In Chicagoland

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – Brian Vickers has become the new king of qualifying in the Sprint Cup series.
Thursday evening at Chicagoland Speedway, Vickers won his fifth pole of the season as he ran a lap at 184.162 mph.
“It was an amazing lap,” Vickers said.
Starting next to Vickers on the front row [...]