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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

2013 Chase Has Reached Its Most Critical Stage
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 – 10:43 | Comments Off
2013 Chase Has Reached Its Most Critical Stage

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – These are the Shake Out Days in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Three races down, seven to go. Too late in the playoffs to say that everybody still has a chance at the championship, too early to say with any certainty at all who [...]

Notes: Chasers Take A Beating In Practice
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 – 14:44 | Comments Off
Notes: Chasers Take A Beating In Practice

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was a tough day to be a Chase driver Saturday at Kansas Speedway. It was a really tough day to be a Busch.
The Sprint Cup cars took to the track for practice at 10 a.m. Saturday for the first practice of they. Almost immediately, cars being driven by championship contenders [...]

Bowyer Clan Hangs Tough In Wake Of Richmond
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 – 13:28 | Comments Off
Bowyer Clan Hangs Tough In Wake Of Richmond

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Chris Bowyer looks every inch the product of America’s Heartland that he is. The Wrangler jeans are slung low, the hands go in and out of the pockets every three or four steps and the sun-weathered gray hair flops around in the Kansas wind like the [...]

Harvick To Start Kansas Race From The Pole
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Harvick To Start Kansas Race From The Pole

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kevin Harvick, who is trying to turn what some consider a three-driver Sprint Cup playoff into a four-driver playoff, won the pole on Friday for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick, who will start Sunday’s race fourth in points – 39 behind leader Matt Kenseth and 27 behind third-place Kyle [...]

Gordon Needs A Return To Old Days In Kansas
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 – 15:47 | Comments Off
Gordon Needs A Return To Old Days In Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Time was, Kansas Speedway was a Jeff Gordon track. In the best of those times, Gordon could not be beaten at Kansas. Literally.
But what remains of those days for the four-time Sprint Cup champion are some dusty trophies and perhaps a handful of old photos in [...]

Mission Accomplished For New Tires At Kansas
Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 – 18:11 | Comments Off
Mission Accomplished For New Tires At Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – One of the most talked about stories leading into Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway centers on a radically new Goodyear tire that is being put on the cars for the Hollywood Casino 400.
On Thursday afternoon, after about a three-hour open test with the tires, NASCAR offiicals, Goodyear officials [...]

Drivers Hope Test Will Put Them In Right ‘Zone”
Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 – 8:52 | Comments Off
Drivers Hope Test Will Put Them In Right ‘Zone”

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Engines will turn a day early in advance of this week’s Sprint Cup race in hopes that the Sprint Cup cars will race better during Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Those engines will turn during a four-hour open test session scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
The [...]

Kyle Busch Needs A Reversal Of Kansas Fortunes
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 – 5:32 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Needs A Reversal Of Kansas Fortunes

Kyle Busch’s numbers through the first 25 Sprint Cup races this year look remarkably similar to his numbers through the first 25 races of the 2011 season. And pretty impressive those two sets of numbers are.
The thing is, Cup seasons are 36 races long.
It was the numbers that came in the final four races – [...]

For NASCAR, 2013 Had A September To Remember
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 – 13:15 | One Comment
For NASCAR, 2013 Had A September To Remember

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of weeks ago during a eat-and-schmooze at Kansas Speedway, Kurt Busch was asked what was then the mandatory question du jour. It was the question about the blemish-to-the-sport incidents which occurred at Richmond in the final non-playoff race of the year.
Busch gave an answer that was pure Busch. [...]

Johnson Wins Dover; Chase For Cup Tightens
Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 – 16:26 | 2 Comments
Johnson Wins Dover; Chase For Cup Tightens

Jimmie Johnson passed Matt Kenseth for the lead at the halfway point of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway, led most of the rest of the way and captured race No. 3 of the Series’ 10-race playoff.
The victory was Johnson’s first of this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship and the loss [...]