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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

Starworks Shines, Wins Indy Grand-Am Race
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 – 20:01 | Comments Off
Starworks Shines, Wins Indy Grand-Am Race

Ryan Dalziel took the lead with 9 minutes remaining and went on to take checkered flag for his Starworks Motorsports team Friday to win the Rolex Grand-Am Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sharing the wheel with Dalziel in the BMW Riley DP car was co-driver Alex Popow. The victory was the second straight at [...]

NASCAR Network Surfing: Good Or Bad For Fans?
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 – 11:38 | Comments Off
NASCAR Network Surfing: Good Or Bad For Fans?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
ESPN is getting out of NASCAR, NBC is getting in and Fox is Fox. So who here are making the good moves, who are making the bad moves and, most importantly, are any of the the moves good for fans?
Any analysis of the situation must, it seems, start with an [...]

Kanaan Heads Back For Seconds At The Brickyard
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 – 19:45 | Comments Off
Kanaan Heads Back For Seconds At The Brickyard

Apparently, it’s the best-tasting meal in auto racing: 100-year-old red brick coated with a thin film of motor oil and lightly sprinkled with a gritty dusting of pulverized rubber. It’s so good that Tony Kanaan just could not wait a whole year to put his lips to another helping.
During a teleconference on Tuesday afternoon, Kanaan [...]

Ganassi Racing’s Hull Talks Droughts And Streaks
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Ganassi Racing’s Hull Talks Droughts And Streaks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans get to see flashes of Mike Hull on television broadcasts of IndyCar events. And they get to hear short quips from the long-time managing director of Chip Ganassi Racing during pre-race advances and post-race reactions.
But Hull, who spends his time during races sitting on pit boxes and calling the [...]

More Racing Does Not Always Mean Better Racing
Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 – 7:12 | 3 Comments
More Racing Does Not Always Mean Better Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some notes and takes:
When Brian Vickers survived the green/white/checkered restart and went on to take the white flag at the end of the New Hampshire race last weekend, there was a feeling of relief. The guy who deserved to win the race, actually won the race in Loudon.
The downside of multiple [...]

NASCAR To Revamp Much Of Officiating Process
Monday, Jul 15, 2013 – 17:28 | One Comment
NASCAR To Revamp Much Of Officiating Process

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During a press conference on Monday, NASCAR officials announced their future plans concerning the topics of crime and punishment. The upgraded methods in those areas will incorporate increased use of “emerging” technology and are, the officials said, aimed at “making the racing better” for teams and fans.
Attending the press conference/teleconference, [...]

First Date With Dirt Won’t Be Real Comfortable
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 – 8:12 | Comments Off
First Date With Dirt Won’t Be Real Comfortable

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On July 24th, NASCAR Camping World Truck racing fans will get to see how their drivers do on dirt as the series heads to the Eldora Speedway short track in Ohio to compete in the inaugural Midsummer Classic.
A guy who knows quite a bit about Eldora and even more about [...]

Kurt Busch’s Best Attributes Are On Display In ‘13
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 – 14:46 | 5 Comments
Kurt Busch’s Best Attributes Are On Display In ‘13

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans have always thought Kurt Busch to be a punk. Media members seldom enjoy interviewing him. Sponsors have thought of him as poison. Peers have called him out in public and in private: One even made fun of his looks. But finding somebody to criticize his driving talent is a [...]

Ganassi Sweeps Up In IndyCar’s Return To Pocono
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 – 18:16 | Comments Off
Ganassi Sweeps Up In IndyCar’s Return To Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Scott Dixon led a first-ever Chip Ganassi Racing podium sweep in winning INDYCAR’s return to Pocono Raceway after a 24-year absence on Sunday afternoon.
Dixon earned his first victory since Mid-Ohio last August, while Charlie Kimball tied his career high of second and four-time series champion Dario Franchitti finished third.
“Going into this [...]

Would Day Change Put Pop Back Into Firecracker?
Friday, Jul 5, 2013 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Would Day Change Put Pop Back Into Firecracker?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On Saturday night, the Sprint Cup Series will hold the 2013 version of the race that at one time, had the perfect name – the Firecracker 400. Held on the Fourth of July, way down South, sand clinging sweat-stickied skin, loud un-muffled V-8s. Perfect.
Just not profitable enough – the name [...]