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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

Kyle Busch Needs A Reversal Of Kansas Fortunes
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 – 5:32 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Needs A Reversal Of Kansas Fortunes

Kyle Busch’s numbers through the first 25 Sprint Cup races this year look remarkably similar to his numbers through the first 25 races of the 2011 season. And pretty impressive those two sets of numbers are.
The thing is, Cup seasons are 36 races long.
It was the numbers that came in the final four races – [...]

For NASCAR, 2013 Had A September To Remember
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 – 13:15 | One Comment
For NASCAR, 2013 Had A September To Remember

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of weeks ago during a eat-and-schmooze at Kansas Speedway, Kurt Busch was asked what was then the mandatory question du jour. It was the question about the blemish-to-the-sport incidents which occurred at Richmond in the final non-playoff race of the year.
Busch gave an answer that was pure Busch. [...]

Johnson Wins Dover; Chase For Cup Tightens
Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 – 16:26 | 2 Comments
Johnson Wins Dover; Chase For Cup Tightens

Jimmie Johnson passed Matt Kenseth for the lead at the halfway point of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway, led most of the rest of the way and captured race No. 3 of the Series’ 10-race playoff.
The victory was Johnson’s first of this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship and the loss [...]

Taylor, Angelelli Win Final Grand-Am Championship
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 – 15:21 | Comments Off
Taylor, Angelelli Win Final Grand-Am Championship

Wayne Taylor Racing’s driving tandem of Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor needed to finish fourth or better in Saturday’s season-ending Grand-Am Rolex race to win the 2013 Daytona Prototype championship. They finished better. Much better. Best, in fact.
With Taylor, the team owner’s youngest son, behind the wheel for the final stint at Lime Rock, the [...]

Reminder: Auto Racing Is Not Stick-And-Ball
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 – 8:29 | 2 Comments
Reminder: Auto Racing Is Not Stick-And-Ball

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Auto racing has been around like, what,  more than a hundred years, right? Yet there are still people in media centers at race tracks who can’t quite get the basics of the sport nailed. How else to explain some of the questions that are asked of drivers and teams.
Like the [...]

Pruett, 01 Car In Odd Position At Lime Rock
Friday, Sep 27, 2013 – 12:05 | Comments Off
Pruett, 01 Car In Odd Position At Lime Rock

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Scott Pruett isn’t crazy about the position in which he and his Chip Ganassi Racing team find themselves heading into this weekend’s Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale at Lime Rock. And he’s not crazy about the way he feels they got there.
But Pruett also knows that come late Saturday afternoon, [...]

Debut United SportsCar Championship Season Unveiled
Friday, Sep 20, 2013 – 15:09 | Comments Off
Debut United SportsCar Championship Season Unveiled

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The schedule for the inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season was announced on Friday.
The 2014 season for the Unified Series, which is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association, starts with the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, includes a variety of [...]

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, [...]