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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

No. 90 Vette Is Out To Improve Spirits In Kansas
Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 – 8:46 | Comments Off
No. 90 Vette Is Out To Improve Spirits In Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – There wasn’t even the slightest hint of resentment from Daytona Prototype driver Richard Westbrook when he was asked the awkward question about the disappointment level of his and his team’s performance during the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex season.
Probably because such questions have been fired his way fairly [...]

Drivers On Stewart’s Moonlighting: Bully For Him
Friday, Aug 9, 2013 – 21:46 | One Comment
Drivers On Stewart’s Moonlighting: Bully For Him

On Friday morning at Watkins Glen International, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent a few minutes talking about that day in 2004 when he found himself stuck in a burning Corvette that he had crashed during a morning warmup session for a sports car race at the Sonoma road course.
He spent those minutes talking about it because [...]

Stewart’s Cup Absence Could Be A Lengthy One
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 – 13:24 | One Comment
Stewart’s Cup Absence Could Be A Lengthy One

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said that driver Tony Stewart will be out of action for weeks, but he does know exactly how many weeks.
Zipadelli participated in a teleconference with the media on Wednesday and his message was that there is plenty of hope about the three-time Sprint [...]

Stewart’s Flip Was All Part Of Being Stewart
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 – 12:49 | Comments Off
Stewart’s Flip Was All Part Of Being Stewart

A couple of thoughts and opinions after a fairly full weekend-plus of racing:
Let’s see; 1,550 pounds or so, up to 900 horsepower, slick dirt track surfaces, walls without SAFER barriers, 140 mph open wheel to open wheel, a couple dozen cars on tracks as small as a quarter mile, and, 30-lap features that demand making [...]

Stewart Breaks Leg; Papis To Drive 14 At The Glen
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 – 7:51 | One Comment
Stewart Breaks Leg; Papis To Drive 14 At The Glen

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sprint Cup driver/team owner Tony Stewart suffered a broken leg when he crashed while racing in a 360 sprint car race in Iowa Monday night. He will miss this weekend’s race at the Watkins Glen road course.
Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Max Papis will driver Stewart’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas [...]

Grand-Am Scales Back New BMW Engine
Monday, Aug 5, 2013 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Grand-Am Scales Back New BMW Engine

The Grand-Am Rolex Series on Monday released a technical bulletin announcing that its officials have taken steps to scale back the power of the recently introduced 4.5-liter BMW Daytona Prototype engines.
The scale-back comes in a form of limiting the new engines – which powered the cars that placed first and second at the Brickyard 400 two [...]

Rivals Say BMW Too Powerful In Grand-Am
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Rivals Say BMW Too Powerful In Grand-Am

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – On Thursday, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series sent out a media release about the new BMW Daytona Prototype engine that made it’s debut in the Brickard Grand Prix in Indianapolis last weekend.
The release was upbeat and positive. The mood among several of the teams that are competing against the BMWs [...]

‘The Axe’ Has Developed A Velvet Edge
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 – 11:17 | Comments Off
‘The Axe’ Has Developed A Velvet Edge

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Max the Axe. It’s a hard-edge nickname for a hard edge sports car driver. One whose every move, thought and ethic are focused on one thing and one thing only; getting his car and himself to checkered flags before every other man, woman or child sharing [...]

Brickyard: Short On Action, Long On Enjoyment
Monday, Jul 29, 2013 – 12:48 | 2 Comments
Brickyard: Short On Action, Long On Enjoyment

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The lead-up to the Brickyard 400 every year starts with a hope: Hope that this 400 will be the one which features action and passing and a move-forward-in-the-chair exciting finish. And each year, the Sprint Cup Series moves on to Pocono or wherever with large numbers of fans and media calling [...]

Two Brickyarders Have Chance To Rise Above
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 – 13:47 | Comments Off
Two Brickyarders Have Chance To Rise Above

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis Motor Speedway history has been stuck on four – four event winners – for a lot of years. Two Sprint Cup teammates think too many years, and would love like crazy to do some un-sticking on Sunday afternoon in the 2013 running of the Brickyard 400.
Hendrick Motorsport’s Jimmie Johnson [...]