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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

John Force Still Speeding At Route 66
Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 – 6:43 | Comments Off
John Force Still Speeding At Route 66

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John Force kept his recent hot streak going Friday at Route 66 Raceway by powering to the qualifying lead in Funny Car at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their [...]

Danica Debate Flares Anew During Kentucky Week
Friday, Jun 28, 2013 – 15:48 | 6 Comments
Danica Debate Flares Anew During Kentucky Week

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As a television “analyst”, Kyle Petty is paid handsomely to do little more than talk. On a national broadcast Thursday, Petty certainly earned his money as he offered up the opinion that Danica Patrick is “not a race car driver”, but “just a marketing machine”.
Like, ouch.
Bold analysis, for sure. But, [...]

F-1’s Webber To Co-Drive New Porsche LMP1 Car
Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 – 8:13 | Comments Off
F-1’s Webber To Co-Drive New Porsche LMP1 Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Porsche’s return to the  LMP1 class at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship continues to take shape as the German carmaker announced Thursday that Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber will co-drive the new car when it debuts next season.
For the 2014 season, Webber, who will leave his [...]

Enders-Stevens Returns To Cockpit At Route 66
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 – 15:43 | Comments Off
Enders-Stevens Returns To Cockpit At Route 66

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens took last weekend off, but missing the series’ inaugural New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. was anything but a vacation. Enders-Stevens was forced off the track because of sponsorship issues at Cagnazzi Racing and it hurt like crazy.
This weekend, Enders-Stevens will be back in [...]

Return Of Porsche Giving Sports Cars A Major Buzz
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 – 13:11 | 2 Comments
Return Of Porsche Giving Sports Cars A Major Buzz

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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You probably need cut some slack to those who have expressed disappointment with the quality of racing in the LMP1 class at Le Mans the last two years: Even though the Toyota TS030 hybrids made things surprisingly interesting in last weekend’s race, and even though the Audi R18 hybrids are [...]

Audi Overall Winner At Tragic 2013 Le Mans 24
Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Audi Overall Winner At Tragic 2013 Le Mans 24

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Tom Kristensen provided Danish racing fans at least a small bit of joy Sunday when he won his record-padding ninth Le Mans 24 Hours championship.
Kristensen, driving the final stint of the race in the No. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest entry, crossed the finish line at the famed Circuit de [...]

Dempsey Heads To Le Mans In His New Car
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Dempsey Heads To Le Mans In His New Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Patrick Dempsey sounded kind of emotional last September as he talked about his team taking it’s last ride in a Mazda RX-8 GT. For good reason: His Dempsey Racing team had raced nothing but Mazda’s since forming five years before.
But any tears shed about having to move on for the [...]

Michigan Actually Is A Big Race For Ford This Time
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 – 8:21 | Comments Off
Michigan Actually Is A Big Race For Ford This Time

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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You can count on it. In fact, it occurs with such regularly that it has become a eye-rolling cliche:  Every time the Sprint Cup series arrives at Michigan International Speedway, somebody in the media will ask Ford drivers in general and Roush Fenway Racing drivers specifically about the importance of [...]

Gibbs Takes Big Swing At Keselowski, Remarks
Friday, Jun 14, 2013 – 16:15 | 2 Comments
Gibbs Takes Big Swing At Keselowski, Remarks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Sometimes – in racing and in life in general – success is the result of hard work and the creative application of intellect and experience. Sometimes it’s the result of thievery.
Brad Keselowski clearly thinks that it is a bit of the latter which has been holding back him and his [...]

‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As NASCAR Hall of Fame voting cranked on last Wednesday, there was one phrase that got increasing use. Perhaps disturbingly so.
That phrase was (paraphrased): If “X” doesn’t get elected into the Hall this year it’s no big deal because he’ll surely get in in the future.
Really? Will he?
As [...]