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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

Stewart Out For Season; Martin To Drive No. 14
Monday, Aug 19, 2013 – 14:09 | Comments Off
Stewart Out For Season; Martin To Drive No. 14

Mark Martin will fill in for injured Tony Stewart and drive the No. 14 Stewart- Haas Racing Chevrolet it was announced on Monday. Martin will drive in the rest of the Cup races with the exception of the one at Talladega, where Austin Dillon will be in the car.
Stewart, who suffered a broken leg in [...]

Logano Gets Penske A Cup Victory In Michigan
Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 – 20:10 | Comments Off
Logano Gets Penske A Cup Victory In Michigan

Joey Logano buzzed past a fuel-less Mark Martin for the lead with four laps to go and went on to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
The victory was the first of the year for Logano, who moved to Penske Racing from Joe Gibbs Racing, for the 2013 season. It came [...]

Jordan Taylor Holds Off Pruett To Win In Kansas
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 – 21:54 | Comments Off
Jordan Taylor Holds Off Pruett To Win In Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – With Jordan Taylor driving the final stint, the No. 10 Daytona Prototype Corvette of Wayne Taylor Racing captured the inaugural SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.
The victory was the third of the Grand-Am Rolex season for the WTR duo of Taylor, driving his [...]

Beckman P1 In Brainerd
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 – 18:21 | Comments Off
Beckman P1 In Brainerd

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Defending Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman raced to his second consecutive pole position at Brainerd International Raceway Saturday during the final day of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) will also lead their categories when eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m. for the NHRA Mello [...]

Grand-Am’s Lally Says He Needs A Major Dose Of Victory
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 – 7:22 | Comments Off
Grand-Am’s Lally Says He Needs A Major Dose Of Victory

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The gray clouds that produced rain and gloom at Kansas Speedway on Thursday lifted on Saturday as unseasonably comfortable sunny weather settled back in. Except around the paddock space occupied by Andy Lally. There, an irritating chill persisted.
Lally, who co-drives the No. 44 Porsche GT3 Cup car of Magnus Racing, has [...]

Hartley’s Star Is Rising At Starworks Motorsport
Friday, Aug 16, 2013 – 7:13 | Comments Off
Hartley’s Star Is Rising At Starworks Motorsport

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Starworks Motorsport team owner Peter Baron looks the part of pretty laid-back guy. Walking the Grand-Am paddocks at Kansas Speedway in wrinkled work pants that at one time must have been white, and a gray, very loosely tucked polo shirt, he looks like he just got [...]

No. 90 Vette Is Out To Improve Spirits In Kansas
Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 – 8:46 | Comments Off
No. 90 Vette Is Out To Improve Spirits In Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – There wasn’t even the slightest hint of resentment from Daytona Prototype driver Richard Westbrook when he was asked the awkward question about the disappointment level of his and his team’s performance during the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex season.
Probably because such questions have been fired his way fairly [...]

Drivers On Stewart’s Moonlighting: Bully For Him
Friday, Aug 9, 2013 – 21:46 | One Comment
Drivers On Stewart’s Moonlighting: Bully For Him

On Friday morning at Watkins Glen International, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent a few minutes talking about that day in 2004 when he found himself stuck in a burning Corvette that he had crashed during a morning warmup session for a sports car race at the Sonoma road course.
He spent those minutes talking about it because [...]

Stewart’s Cup Absence Could Be A Lengthy One
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 – 13:24 | One Comment
Stewart’s Cup Absence Could Be A Lengthy One

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said that driver Tony Stewart will be out of action for weeks, but he does know exactly how many weeks.
Zipadelli participated in a teleconference with the media on Wednesday and his message was that there is plenty of hope about the three-time Sprint [...]

Stewart’s Flip Was All Part Of Being Stewart
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 – 12:49 | Comments Off
Stewart’s Flip Was All Part Of Being Stewart

A couple of thoughts and opinions after a fairly full weekend-plus of racing:
Let’s see; 1,550 pounds or so, up to 900 horsepower, slick dirt track surfaces, walls without SAFER barriers, 140 mph open wheel to open wheel, a couple dozen cars on tracks as small as a quarter mile, and, 30-lap features that demand making [...]