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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

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Analysis: Thoughts On Martinsville
Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 – 9:25 | One Comment
Analysis: Thoughts On Martinsville

 
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tony Stewart has always been big on thinking. When it comes to racing, Stewart is huge on thinking. Some say that Stewart should do less talking, but hey, what good is thinking if you can’t verbalize those thoughts.
Anyway, Stewart has obviously done some thinking about race tracks. About their   [...]

Covering Motorsports Now
Friday, Mar 27, 2009 – 0:01 | 25 Comments
Covering Motorsports Now

You can add the way which you are viewed by daily newspapers to the list of indignities you are suffering these days, race fans. Because the fact is, you are being treated by those media outlets as unimportant at best and objects of ridicule at worst.

Tasca On the Way Up
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 – 19:52 | Comments Off
Tasca On the Way Up

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com 
The names of drivers in the NHRA’s glamour division, Funny Car, are well known. They include high-profilers like John Force, Ron Capps, Ashley Force. 
Then, or make that now, there is Bob Tasca III. In just his second full season in the NHRA Full Throttle series, Tasca is hard at work [...]