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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

NAPA Dumps Waltrip; Cites ‘Actions’ At Richmond
Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 – 10:35 | 4 Comments
NAPA Dumps Waltrip; Cites ‘Actions’ At Richmond

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NAPA auto parts supplier, a long-time sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing, announced Thursday that it will part company with the NASCAR team following the 2013 season.
The reason, according to a statement released by NAPA on its Facebook page, is events which happened at Richmond International Raceway two weeks ago.
The statement [...]

Busch, Furniture Row Running ‘With The Big Dogs’
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 – 18:46 | 2 Comments
Busch, Furniture Row Running ‘With The Big Dogs’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
With the deal to hire Kurt Busch in place, with a proven crew chief already in the fold, and with team confidence at apogee, Furniture Row Racing general Manager Joe Garone could not wait for the 2013 Sprint Cup season to start.
But then came a comment from his boss, and [...]

All Appears Right With Hight As Playoff Begins
Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 – 17:53 | Comments Off
All Appears Right With Hight As Playoff Begins

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Robert Hight’s NHRA resume is golden. Basically, it’s a long list of victories, final-round appearances and a Funny Car championship. But two weeks ago at this time, Hight was wondering if it was also a mirage. A list perhaps built more on circumstance that driving talent.
“You do start believing, wow, [...]

Logano To Be Booted From Chase?
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 – 15:50 | 10 Comments
Logano To Be Booted From Chase?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The final word on what happened on Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway may not yet have been spoken.
Fox Sports is reporting Wednesday afternoon that Joey Logano of Penske Racing may gotten into the Chase with help from David Gilliland and his team late [...]

Kurt Busch Offers Solution To Inequities Of Recent Penalties
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 – 15:08 | 6 Comments
Kurt Busch Offers Solution To Inequities Of Recent Penalties

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – In the wake of the penalties issued this week for the late-lap crimes committed by Michael Waltrip Racing at Richmond on Saturday, there have been loud cries to not just put Ryan Newman into the Chase field, but to add Jeff Gordon as well.
Other people have [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]