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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: IRL Takes Major Step Forward At Long Beach
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 – 19:12 | Comments Off
Pedley: IRL Takes Major Step Forward At Long Beach

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – The weather was unseasonably cool when the day dawned on a recent IndyCar test at Kansas Speedway. Because of that – the series has a rule that cars can not run until the temperatures reach 55 degrees – the track was silent.
And because of that, you [...]

Kyle Busch is a Nashville Cat
Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 – 10:08 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch is a Nashville Cat

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch takes to the track at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday. He is one of the few Sprint Cup regulars entered in the Nationwide Series race there.
Can’t wait, Busch said this week. He is a Nashville cat and is more than willing to give up a portion of his Easter [...]

Wheldon Ready To Roar With Panther
Friday, Apr 10, 2009 – 8:36 | 2 Comments
Wheldon Ready To Roar With Panther

 
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Dan Wheldon is a loves-challenges kind of guy. Big challenges. Tough challenges. Some would say foolish challenges. Some may say that the one that he has taken on this year may fit into all those categories.
Not Wheldon, though. He says there are only good challenges and that his current one [...]

Andretti Lures Petty To The 500
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 – 14:54 | 2 Comments
Andretti Lures Petty To The 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
John Andretti is about as diverse as race-car drivers get. He’s driven everything from dragsters to Sprint Cup cars and all manner of vehicle betwixt. It turns out that he is also pretty good at being devious.
So good at being devious that he got the King of stock-car racing to [...]

Briscoe Wins IndyCar Season-Opener
Sunday, Apr 5, 2009 – 16:12 | 3 Comments
Briscoe Wins IndyCar Season-Opener

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A lot of uncertainty occupied the thoughts of those at Team Penske during the IndyCar Series’  off season. Not least among the unncertainty being: Would marquee driver Helio Castroneves be in the car or in jail because of tax problems when the 2009 season started?
But on Sunday, on the bumpy-bouncy [...]

Rahal Wins IndyCar Pole In St. Pete
Saturday, Apr 4, 2009 – 15:17 | One Comment
Rahal Wins IndyCar Pole In St. Pete

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Like most young guys, 20-year-old Graham Rahal is wild about the Gulf Coast of Florida. But not for the sun nor surf nor sand. Rather, it’s the wonderful racing that they have over there on that coast which endears him to the area.
On Saturday, Rahal won the pole for Sunday’s [...]

Cory Mac Riding High Into Vegas
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Cory Mac Riding High Into Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Things are shaping up nicely for NHRA Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan and his team this weekend.
Not only does he arrived at The Strip at Las Vegas riding the momentum of two straight final-round appearances, he arrives as the defending class winner at Vegas.
Yes, McClenathan likes the sound of that.
“The [...]

Hunter-Reay Feeling Red, White and Good
Thursday, Apr 2, 2009 – 14:30 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay Feeling Red, White and Good

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com 
Ryan Hunter-Reay, sounding a tad bushed by a hectic couple of days that involved nothing less than his fate as an open-wheel driver, perked up a bit when something was pointed out to him about his new team.
America’s IndyCar team? Yes, he said, he liked that. He had not really [...]

Good Times Roll Into Bad Times for GM
Monday, Mar 30, 2009 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Good Times Roll Into Bad Times for GM

  

 Photo Courtesy of NASCAR
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Talk about your buzz kills.
Yesterday afternoon – and presumably well into the evening – NASCAR team-owner Rick Hendrick and his guys were brows deep in a party mode. Hendrick driver Jimmie Johnson had won his first Sprint Cup race of the season and the team’s three other [...]

Kansas Speedway Chases Casino, 2nd Cup Race
Monday, Mar 30, 2009 – 6:29 | Comments Off
Kansas Speedway Chases Casino, 2nd Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
 
Kansas City, Kan. – Kansas Speedway’s drive to land a second Sprint Cup date will restart today when track president Jeff Boerger officially submits a bid for construction of a casino and hotel project at his facility.
 
The new bid will be very similar to one submitted to the Kansas Lottery [...]