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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

Gordon Still Plenty Capable Of Winning Cup No. 5
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 15:41 | Comments Off on Gordon Still Plenty Capable Of Winning Cup No. 5
Gordon Still Plenty Capable Of Winning Cup No. 5

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – There’s an aura of maturity that surrounds Jeff Gordon these days. Perhaps it’s the result of  20-plus years of assaulting concrete walls at 180 mph or the equally impactful effect of twice becoming a father.
Whatever. But after winning last Saturday’s Sprint Cup race, it became evident […]

Gordon Has A Night To Remember In Kansas
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 23:56 | One Comment
Gordon Has A Night To Remember In Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jeff Gordon held off Kevin Harvick over the final laps and went on to win the 5-Hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.
The victory was by .112 seconds and was the first of the year for the four-time champion and his third at Kansas Speedway.
The […]

Young Blaney’s Future Is Sprint Cup, Not Sprint Cars
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 13:40 | One Comment
Young Blaney’s Future Is Sprint Cup, Not Sprint Cars

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dave Blaney was a short track monster. He was a Silver Crown champion and a World of Outlaws champion. He won the Knoxville Nationals and the Gold Cup at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. He’s a dirt-track owner and recently voted into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville.
Now he has […]

Sadler Holds On To Win Talladega NNS Race
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 19:06 | Comments Off on Sadler Holds On To Win Talladega NNS Race
Sadler Holds On To Win Talladega NNS Race

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Elliott Sadler survived/won Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
Sadler, for whom it was his 10th series victory, led nine times for a race-best 40 laps.
“We stayed on the bottom (on a final restart), stuck to our guns, David Ragan did a good job of pushing us and we were able to […]

Montoya To Return To Sprint Cup For Team Penske
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 – 9:59 | Comments Off on Montoya To Return To Sprint Cup For Team Penske
Montoya To Return To Sprint Cup For Team Penske

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Juan Pablo Montoya’s NASCAR days are, it seems, far from over.
Team Penske announced Wednesday, that Montoya, who left NASCAR following the 2013 season and is now driving full time for the Penske IndyCar program, will drive one of its cars in two Sprint Cup races in 2014.
And no, those races […]

Hunter-Reay Hunts Down Victory At Barber Motorsports Park
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 – 20:06 | Comments Off on Hunter-Reay Hunts Down Victory At Barber Motorsports Park
Hunter-Reay Hunts Down Victory At Barber Motorsports Park

Ryan Hunter-Reay sped past leader Will Power, who scooted of the track with about and hour and 16 minutes to go, and went on to win Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
The win was the second straight at the Barber road course for the Andretti Autosport driver.
Sunday’s was Hunter-Reay’s ninth […]

Anderson Returns To Car; Smile Returns To Face
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 – 14:49 | Comments Off on Anderson Returns To Car; Smile Returns To Face
Anderson Returns To Car; Smile Returns To Face

Greg Anderson didn’t set any records during Friday’s opening rounds of Pro Stock qualifying in Baytown, Texas. In fact, he didn’t even crack the top-list of qualifiers. But the veteran Summit Racing driver was left wearing a smile as big as he would have wore had he won an NHRA championship.
The reason was that Anderson, […]

Lines Which Racing Series Can’t Afford To Cross
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 – 8:26 | One Comment
Lines Which Racing Series Can’t Afford To Cross

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A friend asked the other day: What’s the big deal about the sound of the new Formula One engines? Who the hell cares what kind of sound engines make?
The answers is: Race fans the hell care. A lot. And not just the purist of the pure. Fans – and not […]

Don’t Confuse Haas With Past U.S. F1 Wannabes
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 – 8:40 | 6 Comments
Don’t Confuse Haas With Past U.S. F1 Wannabes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Gene Haas is well aware of recent efforts by Americans to assemble Formula One teams. He is equally aware of the failures and borderline deceptiveness of those efforts and he thoroughly understands the skepticism that those failures have created among American fans.
So during a lengthy teleconference on Monday, Haas, who […]

Logano Has Arrived As A Sprint Cup Driver
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 – 12:26 | 2 Comments
Logano Has Arrived As A Sprint Cup Driver

Joey Logano still looks like he just stepped off the set of a John Hughes movie: He still looks like he should be kicked out of a kegger by jocks flaunting their high school letter jackets. That’s why it’s so hard to believe that we’ve been asking Logano questions about his progress toward maturity for […]