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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

Sauter Sinking Roots Into the Camping World Series
Thursday, Jun 4, 2009 – 15:07 | Comments Off
Sauter Sinking Roots Into the Camping World Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It doesn’t sound like Johnny Sauter much likes the term NASCAR nomad when applied to his driving career and that’s understandable. There can be a lot of unflattering connotations connected to that description.
And his grand plan when he decided to follow his father’s lead and become a race-car driver wasn’t [...]

Pedley: Hendrick Mojo Strikes Again
Monday, Jun 1, 2009 – 17:20 | One Comment
Pedley: Hendrick Mojo Strikes Again

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last week was a tester for Hendrick Motorsports. It was a week during which NASCAR’s premier team would be assaulted from all imaginable sides. It was a week during which HMS would be scrubbed, sudsed and pounded on the rocks by anybody and everybody who has an opinion and you [...]

Monday Memo: A Slow Start for Jeffrey
Monday, Jun 1, 2009 – 10:50 | Comments Off
Monday Memo: A Slow Start for Jeffrey

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Monday Memo we find:
* A lot of race fans had been wringing their hands purple as they awaited the NASCAR debut of Jeffrey Earnhardt.
The word on Earnhardt – who is the son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and nephew of Dale Earnhardt [...]

Larry Dixon Silences Doubters In Topeka
Sunday, May 31, 2009 – 19:26 | Comments Off
Larry Dixon Silences Doubters In Topeka

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – Larry Dixon has been taking a bit of a beating this year for not doing as well as many had expected in his role of driver for Alan Johnson’s Al-Anabi Racing team’s Top Fuel team.
On Sunday afternoon, the fists were silenced – for a while, anyway – [...]

Slick Track Makes For Trouble at Summer Nationals
Saturday, May 30, 2009 – 16:09 | Comments Off
Slick Track Makes For Trouble at Summer Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – Following Satuday’s qualification runs for Sunday’s NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals, it became pretty apparent that track records at Heartland Park Topeka are in zero jeopardy this weekend.
Heck, an inexplicably slippery track made just making a run of any kind at Heartland all but impossible Saturday.
And that is [...]

Force’s Biggest Victory Is 1-Year-Old
Saturday, May 30, 2009 – 15:39 | Comments Off
Force’s Biggest Victory Is 1-Year-Old

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – John Force was scared when arrived at Heartland Park Topeka for last year’s O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals.
Not because of the horrific accidents that had killed one of his young drivers and nearly killed Force himself.
No, Force was not fearing for his life when he arrived at Heartland. [...]

Capps Has Become A Commercial Success
Friday, May 29, 2009 – 18:44 | 2 Comments
Capps Has Become A Commercial Success

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – Ron Capps is one of the biggest stars in the NHRA Full Throttle drag-racing series. Twenty-eight victories, points leader in Funny Car right now, ultra-sincere smile that never leaves his face.
Yet until recently, if not invisible as a professional sports celebrity, he was at least translucent. Dinners-out [...]

For Alan Johnson, The Challenge Is Being Met
Thursday, May 28, 2009 – 7:05 | Comments Off
For Alan Johnson, The Challenge Is Being Met

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The victories were stacking up like Canadian cord wood for Alan Johnson. Top Fuel championships, too. The man who drives the cars he built, Tony Schumacher, would be  honored with the ultra-prestigeous Driver of the Year Award for 2008.
Presumably, the bank account was faring well, too.
What more could the life-long [...]

Participants Say NASCAR Meeting Was Needed, Good
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 – 18:41 | Comments Off
Participants Say NASCAR Meeting Was Needed, Good

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The mood was positive as NASCAR officials, team owners and drivers emerged from a “town hall meeting” Tuesday in Mooresville, N.C.
All seemed to agree that holding the meeting was a good idea and that a lot was accomplished in the two-hour confab which was closed to the media.
NASCAR chairman and [...]

Pedley: Peace Breaks Out At Indianapolis
Saturday, May 23, 2009 – 11:15 | Comments Off
Pedley: Peace Breaks Out At Indianapolis

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The theme of last year’s Indianapolis 500 was clear: The 2008 race was all about reunification.
You know, the first 500 after Champ Car and IndyCar came to their senses and the battle of wits between two unarmed opponents had been declared over.
Finally –finally – after a dozen years and untold [...]