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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

Kahne Holds Off Stewart To Win On Roads Of Infineon
Monday, Jun 22, 2009 – 7:20 | Comments Off
Kahne Holds Off Stewart To Win On Roads Of Infineon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kasey Kahne  makes great television commercials, was one of the best-ever USAC drivers and is considered quite dreamy by young female fans. But a great – or even good – road racer? Did we mention that he was dreamy?
But late Sunday afternoon in the wine country of Northern California, Kahne [...]

Franchitti Wins At Iowa
Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 – 14:24 | Comments Off
Franchitti Wins At Iowa

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Dario Franchitti became a two-time winner at Iowa Speedway Sunday when he won the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
The victory moved the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver to second place in the IndyCar Series standings and to within three points of leader Ryan Briscoe.
Briscoe, of Team Penske, finished second, over 5 seconds behind.
Hideki Mutoh of Andretti [...]

Restarts Could Be Where Trouble Starts
Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Restarts Could Be Where Trouble Starts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Being a native of Colombia, Juan Pablo Montoya still has a bit of trouble with the English language. And from time to time, that can lead to translation problems and even misunderstandings.
But in talking about restarts under NASCAR’s new double-file procedure during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race on the road course [...]

Pedley: Road Racing Skill Essential For Driver Cred
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 22:39 | Comments Off
Pedley: Road Racing Skill Essential For Driver Cred

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There are a number of things about Sprint Cup road racing which should and will be debated for as long as NASCAR opts to run races at places like Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International.
Things like, should NASCAR continue to run races at those places? And should a road [...]

Woods Lend Said Several Hands
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Woods Lend Said Several Hands

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Wood Brothers Racing team won’t have a car in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway, but they will have a crew.
The team has lent its over-the-wall gang to Boris Said, who will start ninth in the race driving the Ford Fusion of No Fear Racing.
“We spoke a few [...]

Spare The Corny Jokes; Iowa Speedway Is Becoming Rural Legend
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Spare The Corny Jokes; Iowa Speedway Is Becoming Rural Legend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The reasoning of the day sounded unassailable: Build giant, mother-ship race tracks as close as possible to the major population centers of America. That is, bring the racing to the people, open the gates and be careful not to get an arm or a leg caught as the turnstiles spun [...]

Pedley: Things Could Have Been Worse, Road-Race Haters
Friday, Jun 19, 2009 – 7:54 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Things Could Have Been Worse, Road-Race Haters

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Currently there are 34 oval-track races on the Sprint Cup schedule and just two road-course races.
Have you ever hit your head so hard, or eaten a sandwich made with mayo that was left out in the sun too long, that your mind began to ponder the question of: What if [...]

Pedley: You’ve Got To Have Heart And Hendrick Has It
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 – 15:57 | 5 Comments
Pedley: You’ve Got To Have Heart And Hendrick Has It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hendrick Motorsports has always had this wonderful assortment of human parts and pieces.
It’s had the type of faces which keep People Magazine in business. It’s had the pit-box geniuses who have propelled crew chiefing – and even tire-changing – to a spectator sport. It’s had the owner for whom every [...]

Drivers Say Indy Tires Fixed, Fans To Be Spared Repeat Disaster
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 – 7:31 | 3 Comments
Drivers Say Indy Tires Fixed, Fans To Be Spared Repeat Disaster

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The word Tuesday from Sprint Cup drivers taking part in the latest tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was mission accomplished. All agreed that they now have a tire from Goodyear which will allow them to avoid the type of race-day embarrassment the sport suffered a year ago in the [...]

Pedley: Not A Pretty Sight
Monday, Jun 15, 2009 – 10:50 | Comments Off
Pedley: Not A Pretty Sight

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Monday Morning Memo we find:
* It was a sight that few would have imagined a couple years ago: large chunks of empty grandstands at Michigan International Speedway on Sprint Cup race day. At Michigan, for gosh sakes, there in world capital of all things automobile. There, where the [...]