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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

Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 – 20:32 | Comments Off
Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission

Juan Pablo Montoya is a veteran of racing at the three-cornered Pocono Raceway. Just not in an Indy car, which is precisely what he will be driving at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track.
Montoya’s experience at Pocono has been restricted to stock cars – 3,400-pound, low downforce Chip Ganassi Racing Sprint Cup cars to be precise.
This [...]

Keselowski Was Bloody Serious After Kentucky
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 – 16:37 | One Comment
Keselowski Was Bloody Serious After Kentucky

Every day of the week, adrenal glands turn solidly grounded people into fools. They tend to over-rev ambition and loosen the tongue. Last Saturday night in Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway, it appeared Brad Keselowski’s adrenal gland was setting him up for some major “I said what?” next-morning moments.
And an hour later, after plenty of [...]

Tudor Sports Cars To Visit The Glen For The First Time
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 – 11:55 | Comments Off
Tudor Sports Cars To Visit The Glen For The First Time

The Tudor United SportsCar Championship Series returns to racing this weekend with the annual 6-hour endurance race at wonderful old Watkins Glen International. The event not only marks the half way point of the season, it also is the third race of the four-race Patron North American Endurance Cup.
The event will feature all four [...]

Busch Streaks On With Truck Win At Kentucky
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 – 6:26 | Comments Off
Busch Streaks On With Truck Win At Kentucky

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Kyle Busch dominated Thursday night’s UNOH 225 Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway to get his fifth victory in five starts this season.
“Tonight was great,” Busch, who started the race from the pole, said.  “It’s a great opportunity to drive good equipment and good stuff, and I’m really proud that my name is [...]

Cup Drivers Ready For Bumpy Ride At Kentucky
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 – 15:13 | Comments Off
Cup Drivers Ready For Bumpy Ride At Kentucky

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Matt Kenseth spent a sizable chunk of this week’s Sprint Cup media teleconference talking about the bumps at Kentucky Speedway. Lots of tracks have bumps, Kenseth said, but Kentucky is “really, really bumpy”. Two “reallys”, which for low-key Kenseth is like five “reallys” for drivers with more effervescent personalities.
Drivers [...]

Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win
Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fact: NASCAR drivers extract a lot of pride from winning road races. It tends to make them feel like complete competitors.
Carl Edwards got the first road course win of his career Sunday after he jumped to the lead in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on a restart [...]

Gaughan Survives Rain, Side Trips To Win At Elkhart Lake
Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 – 8:17 | Comments Off
Gaughan Survives Rain, Side Trips To Win At Elkhart Lake

Brendan Gaughan had trouble keeping his car on the track at times during Saturday’s Gardner Denver 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America. And each time he left the racing surface, he collected enough grass and weeds on his grill work to make a couple of very large salads.
But in the end, the off-road [...]

Penske Competition Director Talks About 2014 Turnaround
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 – 16:59 | One Comment
Penske Competition Director Talks About 2014 Turnaround

Roger Penske shocked – and disappointed – a lot of people three years ago when he announced that his Sprint Cup operation would switch from Dodges to Fords beginning with the 2013 season.
His team had, afterall, just won its first Cup championship in 2012 with Brad Keselowski driving the No. 2 Dodge.
In the first year [...]

It’s Time To Add Twists And Turns To The Chase
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 – 9:28 | Comments Off
It’s Time To Add Twists And Turns To The Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s road racing weekend in NASCAR and to help kick things off, some questions and some direct-answer avoidance:
– When will NASCAR add a road race to the Chase?
Not any time soon, appears to be the answer. While fans and even some drivers have upped their support for the idea in [...]

Hendrick Power Is Leaving Competition In A Funk
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 – 9:06 | 3 Comments
Hendrick Power Is Leaving Competition In A Funk

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports didn’t just leave Michigan International Speedway with money and a trophy after Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race. They also left with the hearts and hopes of a lot of the other competitors.
Johnson won the Quicken Loans 400 at MIS. It was his third victory in his [...]