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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

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
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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 [...]

Waltrip Racing Penalized; Newman Is In Chase
Monday, Sep 9, 2013 – 19:08 | 2 Comments
Waltrip Racing Penalized; Newman Is In Chase

NASCAR officials announced Monday night that they believe that Clint Bowyer altered the outcome of Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race in Richmond and the composition of the Chase playoff field by intentionally spinning his car.
As a result, Ryan Newman of Stewart-Haas Racing, who was leading the race before the spin, will be awarded a Chase [...]

Chase Off To Sour Start After A Hinky Spin
Sunday, Sep 8, 2013 – 12:33 | 5 Comments
Chase Off To Sour Start After A Hinky Spin

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Did he or didn’t he? The answer to that lies somewhere deep within Clint Bowyer’s conscience this morning but there is one thing that is non-debatably certain: The 2013 Chase to the Sprint Cup Champion will begin with very serious controversy hanging over it.
Story lines were popping all over the [...]

Dixon Fined; INDYCAR Officiating Getting Weird Again?
Friday, Sep 6, 2013 – 16:15 | One Comment
Dixon Fined; INDYCAR Officiating Getting Weird Again?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There were a lot of people in the INDYCAR paddocks and grandstands who toasted the decision to replace Brian Barnhart with Beaux Barfield as the series’ top cop. There are less people now that are continuing to toast Barfield’s hiring.
In fact, there are some out there who want Barfield gone. [...]

Gordon In Need Of Another Big Night In Richmond
Friday, Sep 6, 2013 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Gordon In Need Of Another Big Night In Richmond

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Momentum and its importance is an oft debated subject in sports. And a fairly predictable debate, also, as those who have momentum extoll its virtues while those don’t have it give it the double pooh.
NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon is lining up on the extolling side this week as he attempts [...]

Racer/Owner Potolicchio Is A Man With A Plan
Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 – 16:41 | Comments Off
Racer/Owner Potolicchio Is A Man With A Plan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Enzo Potolicchio looks too young and sounds too stress-free to be the owner /driver in big-time auto racing. He’s 45 years old and he actually looks and sounds like 45; which is odd when you consider his past, present and future.
But as he talks on about [...]

Atlanta: Where Chase To The Chase Gets Serious
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 – 9:53 | One Comment
Atlanta: Where Chase To The Chase Gets Serious

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Even with just two races to go until the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, there are still a large handful of berth-earning scenarios. That, thanks to tight points races and, of course, the wild card provision.
But it’s also easy to identify the drivers who could semi-accurately [...]

Graf, Luhr Clinch Final ALMS Championship
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 – 8:07 | Comments Off
Graf, Luhr Clinch Final ALMS Championship

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Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr combined to clinch their second consecutive – and the final – American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón P1 championship with a victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, their sixth consecutive victory from the 2013 season.
Clinching the title means that the Graf/Luhr combo will go [...]

Dixon On Pole In Baltimore
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 – 17:11 | Comments Off
Dixon On Pole In Baltimore

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Scott Dixon earned the pole position for Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race in the streets of Baltimore by blitzing the 2.04-mile, 12-turn street circuit in 1 minute, 18.0838 seconds on his final lap.
The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s pole was his 19th.  It broke a tie with Danny Sullivan and Dixon is now tied with [...]

Time To Roll Out Tweaks To The Countdown?
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 – 11:56 | Comments Off
Time To Roll Out Tweaks To The Countdown?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Ron Capps is locked into this year’s Countdown. He’s won two of the last three NHRA events and is second in the Funny Car point standings with one race to go until the start of the playoffs, so he’ll likely be in great shape once the six-race Countdown begins.
Yet Capps [...]