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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

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 [...]

Pedley: Hollywood Has Had Star-Crossed Affair With Racing
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – 17:20 | Comments Off
Pedley: Hollywood Has Had Star-Crossed Affair With Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hanging from the walls in the third-floor break room of the media center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a collection of the most marvelous old photographs. The are blown-up copies of black-and-white stills from the 1950s and ‘60s which feature celebrities from those eras mugging it up at the speedway.
There [...]

Conquest Puts Tagliani In 500 Field
Monday, May 18, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Conquest Puts Tagliani In 500 Field

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Alex Tagliani is in and Bruno Junqueira is out at Indianapolis.
That is the word from Conquest Racing Monday as it announced that it has made a driver change for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
On Sunday, Junqueira had qualified his Conquest car into the field on Bump Day. Tagliani, however, was bumped by [...]

It’s The End Of The Road, Era For Bernsteins And Bud
Friday, May 15, 2009 – 12:29 | Comments Off
It’s The End Of The Road, Era For Bernsteins And Bud

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brandon Bernstein felt odd as he left Gateway International Raceway two weeks ago. Empty, kind of. And not just because he left the NHRA O’Reilly Midwest Nationals there without a Wally.
Bernstein felt the kind of oddness which comes with the breakup of a 30-year-old partnership.
It was announced in March that [...]

Fans Can Listen To Drivers Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 14:30 | Comments Off
Fans Can Listen To Drivers Meeting

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
They are usually dull and always predictable, but people who have the chance to somehow work their way into a pre-race Sprint Cup drivers meeting usually grin like children all the way through them.
There are probably a variety of reasons for that – the chance to see drivers and crew [...]

Pedley: There Were Few Losers In This Deal
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 13:48 | 2 Comments
Pedley: There Were Few Losers In This Deal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Rick Hendrick can drive a hard bargain. Hey, the guy owns car dealerships, like, coast to coast, so he’s been doing sell jobs for decades. But perhaps his biggest sales pitch came just a couple months ago. It was used against a reluctant mark named Mark Martin.
The pitch was long [...]

It Was Craven vs. Busch In A Finish Too Wild To Tame
Friday, May 8, 2009 – 15:40 | 2 Comments
It Was Craven vs. Busch In A Finish Too Wild To Tame

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If you were a NASCAR fan in 2003, if you were one of those lunatics whom the straight world looked down upon with a roll of the eyes because you enjoyed watching loud, dirty cars go around in circles for hours on end and then could not wait until the [...]