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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

‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As NASCAR Hall of Fame voting cranked on last Wednesday, there was one phrase that got increasing use. Perhaps disturbingly so.
That phrase was (paraphrased): If “X” doesn’t get elected into the Hall this year it’s no big deal because he’ll surely get in in the future.
Really? Will he?
As [...]

Notes: The Champ’s Leadership Quest Will Go On
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 10:29 | One Comment
Notes: The Champ’s Leadership Quest Will Go On

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – After winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski told the garages he wanted to assume a leadership role in the series. This year, Keselowski has run into some problems. On the track and off.
Tweeted and voiced comments have not sat well with some of his peers. Unapproved [...]

Kenseth Making No Long Term Plans For 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Kenseth Making No Long Term Plans For 2013

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Things have gone dang well for Matt Kenseth this season. So well that he was named the winner of the first quarter Driver of the Year award on Thursday. So well that he even beat NASCAR law enforcement officials by having the massive penalties he was issued [...]

Top Fueler Brown To Go Stock Car Racing
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 10:10 | Comments Off
Top Fueler Brown To Go Stock Car Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – It was announced during a press conference held at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday that NHRA drag racer Antron Brown will take a shot at stock-car racing.
Brown, as first reported earlier Thursday by RacinToday.com sources, will test a K&N Series car for Rev Racing, the team owned by Max [...]

Bright Lights Find Jack Ingram, Maurice Petty
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 – 19:27 | Comments Off
Bright Lights Find Jack Ingram, Maurice Petty

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The bright lights never find some auto racers. The media scrums that search out the pretty boys – the drivers with the big names and high paying endorsement deals – run away from, not to this group. Despite critically important contributions to their sport, some racers in [...]

Phillips Needs To Be In Hall: Sooner The Better
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 16:46 | Comments Off
Phillips Needs To Be In Hall: Sooner The Better

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rusty Wallace likes to talk. And when he gets going, he can say a lot of things in a short amount of time. Separating the nut from the shell takes a good ear when listening to Rusty go.
It was during one of those go-times 10 years ago, [...]

John Force Ready To Beat Up On The Sharks
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 14:36 | Comments Off
John Force Ready To Beat Up On The Sharks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
TOPEKA, Kan. – John Force was in an anecdotal kind of mood Friday as he “relaxed” in his motorhome at Heartland Park Topeka. Apparently when things are not going well for the 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion, stories with uplifting morals come to mind.
And, with neither he nor his other [...]

Bernstein Looking Comfortable At Morgan Lucas
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 18:47 | Comments Off
Bernstein Looking Comfortable At Morgan Lucas

TOPEKA, Kan. – Brandon Bernstein looked anything but comfortable as he made his way around his team’s compound at Heartland Park Topeka on Friday. He was kind of waddling and weaving and making odd facial grimace kind of deals – all as a result of a mysteriously herniated disc in his lower back.
But rather oddly, [...]

Dick Trickle Was No Joke To Wisconsin Fans, Drivers
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Dick Trickle Was No Joke To Wisconsin Fans, Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There wasn’t much drama back in the 1960s and ‘70s in Wisconsin when you searched the sports pages for short-track results. What you were usually just doing was looking to see who finished second to Dick Trickle.
The guy from Wisconsin Rapids was that automatic.
Been thinking about that the last couple [...]

Kahne Getting Tired Of Apologies From Busch
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – 13:36 | 4 Comments
Kahne Getting Tired Of Apologies From Busch

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In the days between last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway and Saturday night’s event at Darlington Raceay, Kyle Busch has repeatedly stressed that he has nothing but respect and admiration for fellow driver Kasey Kahne.
He reportedly told Kahne that by way of a personal apology.
You’ve got to figure [...]