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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

Taylor, Angelelli Win Final Grand-Am Championship
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 – 15:21 | Comments Off
Taylor, Angelelli Win Final Grand-Am Championship

Wayne Taylor Racing’s driving tandem of Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor needed to finish fourth or better in Saturday’s season-ending Grand-Am Rolex race to win the 2013 Daytona Prototype championship. They finished better. Much better. Best, in fact.
With Taylor, the team owner’s youngest son, behind the wheel for the final stint at Lime Rock, the [...]

Reminder: Auto Racing Is Not Stick-And-Ball
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 – 8:29 | 2 Comments
Reminder: Auto Racing Is Not Stick-And-Ball

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Auto racing has been around like, what,  more than a hundred years, right? Yet there are still people in media centers at race tracks who can’t quite get the basics of the sport nailed. How else to explain some of the questions that are asked of drivers and teams.
Like the [...]

Pruett, 01 Car In Odd Position At Lime Rock
Friday, Sep 27, 2013 – 12:05 | Comments Off
Pruett, 01 Car In Odd Position At Lime Rock

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Scott Pruett isn’t crazy about the position in which he and his Chip Ganassi Racing team find themselves heading into this weekend’s Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale at Lime Rock. And he’s not crazy about the way he feels they got there.
But Pruett also knows that come late Saturday afternoon, [...]

Debut United SportsCar Championship Season Unveiled
Friday, Sep 20, 2013 – 15:09 | Comments Off
Debut United SportsCar Championship Season Unveiled

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The schedule for the inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season was announced on Friday.
The 2014 season for the Unified Series, which is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association, starts with the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, includes a variety of [...]

NAPA Dumps Waltrip; Cites ‘Actions’ At Richmond
Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 – 10:35 | 4 Comments
NAPA Dumps Waltrip; Cites ‘Actions’ At Richmond

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NAPA auto parts supplier, a long-time sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing, announced Thursday that it will part company with the NASCAR team following the 2013 season.
The reason, according to a statement released by NAPA on its Facebook page, is events which happened at Richmond International Raceway two weeks ago.
The statement [...]

Busch, Furniture Row Running ‘With The Big Dogs’
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 – 18:46 | 2 Comments
Busch, Furniture Row Running ‘With The Big Dogs’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
With the deal to hire Kurt Busch in place, with a proven crew chief already in the fold, and with team confidence at apogee, Furniture Row Racing general Manager Joe Garone could not wait for the 2013 Sprint Cup season to start.
But then came a comment from his boss, and [...]

All Appears Right With Hight As Playoff Begins
Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 – 17:53 | Comments Off
All Appears Right With Hight As Playoff Begins

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Robert Hight’s NHRA resume is golden. Basically, it’s a long list of victories, final-round appearances and a Funny Car championship. But two weeks ago at this time, Hight was wondering if it was also a mirage. A list perhaps built more on circumstance that driving talent.
“You do start believing, wow, [...]

Logano To Be Booted From Chase?
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 – 15:50 | 10 Comments
Logano To Be Booted From Chase?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The final word on what happened on Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway may not yet have been spoken.
Fox Sports is reporting Wednesday afternoon that Joey Logano of Penske Racing may gotten into the Chase with help from David Gilliland and his team late [...]

Kurt Busch Offers Solution To Inequities Of Recent Penalties
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 – 15:08 | 6 Comments
Kurt Busch Offers Solution To Inequities Of Recent Penalties

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – In the wake of the penalties issued this week for the late-lap crimes committed by Michael Waltrip Racing at Richmond on Saturday, there have been loud cries to not just put Ryan Newman into the Chase field, but to add Jeff Gordon as well.
Other people have [...]

NASCAR Did Good – But Not Great – On Monday
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 – 9:44 | 5 Comments
NASCAR Did Good – But Not Great – On Monday

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The move by NASCAR officials on Monday to issue playoff-changing penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing’s Sprint Cup drivers and team members was a stunner.
It was was ground breaking and precedent setting and totally justified. It should be heartily applauded by a sports-following public that more often than not, seems to [...]