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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Brian Vickers Bulls His Way To Pole At Michigan
Friday, Jun 12, 2009 – 19:50 | Comments Off on Brian Vickers Bulls His Way To Pole At Michigan
Brian Vickers Bulls His Way To Pole At Michigan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brian Vickers insists that his team keeps getting closer and closer to having the kind of equipment which can win a race. 
On Friday, he added another “closer”.
Vickers turned a qualifying lap at 189.110 mph Friday afternoon to win the pole for Sunday’s LifeLock 400 Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
“It […]

David Ragan’s Team To Get Help
Friday, Jun 12, 2009 – 14:00 | Comments Off on David Ragan’s Team To Get Help
David Ragan’s Team To Get Help

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last year, David Ragan was one of the unexpected success stories in NASCAR.
This season, his has been a story of disappointment.
On Friday, his team-owner announced that he was going to attempt to get the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion rolling in the right direction once again.
In an effort to […]

Introducing The No. 77 Penske Saturn?
Monday, Jun 8, 2009 – 10:00 | One Comment
Introducing The No. 77 Penske Saturn?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Monday Morning Memo, we find:
* I have followed Roger Penske for decades. From afar as a race fan growing up, and face to face through meeting and dealing with him as a auto-racing beat writer.
The thing that strikes you first about him upon meeting him is how his […]

Wood Brothers Get Their First Taste Of NHRA Action
Saturday, Jun 6, 2009 – 22:55 | 2 Comments
Wood Brothers Get Their First Taste Of NHRA Action

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Eddie Wood and Len Wood, owners of NASCAR’s famed Wood Brothers Racing  team, attended their first-ever NHRA drag racing event when they dropped into the Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill. over the weekend.
Pretty safe to say they had a good time.
“It’s hard to put into words,” Eddie Wood said. […]

Sauter Sinking Roots Into the Camping World Series
Thursday, Jun 4, 2009 – 15:07 | Comments Off on Sauter Sinking Roots Into the Camping World Series
Sauter Sinking Roots Into the Camping World Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It doesn’t sound like Johnny Sauter much likes the term NASCAR nomad when applied to his driving career and that’s understandable. There can be a lot of unflattering connotations connected to that description.
And his grand plan when he decided to follow his father’s lead and become a race-car driver wasn’t […]

Pedley: Hendrick Mojo Strikes Again
Monday, Jun 1, 2009 – 17:20 | One Comment
Pedley: Hendrick Mojo Strikes Again

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last week was a tester for Hendrick Motorsports. It was a week during which NASCAR’s premier team would be assaulted from all imaginable sides. It was a week during which HMS would be scrubbed, sudsed and pounded on the rocks by anybody and everybody who has an opinion and you […]

Monday Memo: A Slow Start for Jeffrey
Monday, Jun 1, 2009 – 10:50 | Comments Off on Monday Memo: A Slow Start for Jeffrey
Monday Memo: A Slow Start for Jeffrey

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Monday Memo we find:
* A lot of race fans had been wringing their hands purple as they awaited the NASCAR debut of Jeffrey Earnhardt.
The word on Earnhardt – who is the son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and nephew of Dale Earnhardt […]

Larry Dixon Silences Doubters In Topeka
Sunday, May 31, 2009 – 19:26 | Comments Off on Larry Dixon Silences Doubters In Topeka
Larry Dixon Silences Doubters In Topeka

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – Larry Dixon has been taking a bit of a beating this year for not doing as well as many had expected in his role of driver for Alan Johnson’s Al-Anabi Racing team’s Top Fuel team.
On Sunday afternoon, the fists were silenced – for a while, anyway – […]

Slick Track Makes For Trouble at Summer Nationals
Saturday, May 30, 2009 – 16:09 | Comments Off on Slick Track Makes For Trouble at Summer Nationals
Slick Track Makes For Trouble at Summer Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – Following Satuday’s qualification runs for Sunday’s NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals, it became pretty apparent that track records at Heartland Park Topeka are in zero jeopardy this weekend.
Heck, an inexplicably slippery track made just making a run of any kind at Heartland all but impossible Saturday.
And that is […]

Force’s Biggest Victory Is 1-Year-Old
Saturday, May 30, 2009 – 15:39 | Comments Off on Force’s Biggest Victory Is 1-Year-Old
Force’s Biggest Victory Is 1-Year-Old

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – John Force was scared when arrived at Heartland Park Topeka for last year’s O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals.
Not because of the horrific accidents that had killed one of his young drivers and nearly killed Force himself.
No, Force was not fearing for his life when he arrived at Heartland. […]