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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

Gibbs: Logano Was Just Going For The Victory
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 – 11:10 | 3 Comments
Gibbs: Logano Was Just Going For The Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, says he does not believe that rival-team driver Joey Logano intentionally attempted to crash and injure JGR driver Denny Hamlin during the late going of last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.
Instead, Gibbs said during a teleconference on Thursday, he thinks Logano [...]

Hamlin Condition Update
Monday, Mar 25, 2013 – 13:57 | 3 Comments
Hamlin Condition Update

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Joe Gibbs Racing issued the following statement Monday afternoon on the condition of driver Denny Hamlin, who was injured during a last-lap crash in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.:
“Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Denny Hamlin suffered a L1 Compression Fracture following an accident on the final lap of [...]

Could Hamlin Be Immersed In More Hot Water?
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 – 17:05 | 2 Comments
Could Hamlin Be Immersed In More Hot Water?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Could Denny Hamlin be headed for more trouble with NASCAR officials as a result of a statement he made on Friday at Auto Club Speedway?
The statement was, after all, as potentially damaging to Sprint Cup’s Gen-6 car public relations campaign as was the statement which resulted in Hamlin being issued [...]

Brown Dusts Self Off, Climbs Back On 8,000 Horses
Friday, Feb 22, 2013 – 15:13 | One Comment
Brown Dusts Self Off, Climbs Back On 8,000 Horses

When NHRA nitro cars blow up, they blow up good. Real good. Last weekend in the Sunday eliminations of the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Antron Brown’s Top Fuel car blew up so good that it tore the giant rear slicks completely off their rims.
And after that, things got really ugly as the car slammed [...]

Townley Starts 2013 By Cruising Past Critics
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Townley Starts 2013 By Cruising Past Critics

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Despite radio ear buds, balaclava, helmet and mega-decibel V-8 engine noise, John Wes Townley had no problem hearing what was being said about him during his early years in NASCAR. Nasty words have a way of making their way past all sound-deadening obstacles.
But last Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, [...]

Patrick’s Pole Victory Was Timed Perfectly
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 – 15:39 | 2 Comments
Patrick’s Pole Victory Was Timed Perfectly

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Over the last several days, it has become obvious that times have changed in NASCAR and not just because Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole. The bigger change may be in the way that that pole victory has been greeted.
Early last decade, NASCAR was [...]

Del Worsham Is Feeling Funny Once Again
Friday, Feb 15, 2013 – 13:06 | Comments Off
Del Worsham Is Feeling Funny Once Again

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Del Worsham was pretty darn sure he was ready to say farewell to 320 mph as the NHRA season came to an end at Pomona a year and a half ago. As he waved the Top Fuel trophy around to celebrate his championship, he was thinking more about stepping back [...]

Memo To NASCAR, Sprint: Don’t Go Changin’ So Darn Much
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 – 13:41 | Comments Off
Memo To NASCAR, Sprint: Don’t Go Changin’ So Darn Much

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Change can be a good thing. Especially when there are good reasons for the change. And, as with most things, when the changes are made in thoughtful moderation and are aimed at improving the human condition. Like adding Flamin’ Hot to the Funyuns lineup.
Then there is change for its own [...]

Massey Explains His Actions At NHRA Banquet
Friday, Feb 8, 2013 – 16:52 | 3 Comments
Massey Explains His Actions At NHRA Banquet

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Shortly after last year’s season-ending NHRA awards banquet, Don Schumacher Racing announced that it was cutting Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey from the team.
Initially, no reason was given for the decision to cut Massey, who had finished third in points in 2012 – 50 behind teammate Antron Brown.
In a short [...]

Montoya Was Something To Watch At The Rolex
Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 – 9:41 | Comments Off
Montoya Was Something To Watch At The Rolex

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Since forever, Juan Pablo Montoya has been an enigma wrapped in a smirk.
Absurdly talented, he is also seemingly bored to the point of being disinterested in whatever car or race or series in which he’s competing. His driving style can be as precise as a plasma cutter or as brutish as a [...]