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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Teams’ Brain Guys Getting Leg Up On Rule Guys
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 15:55 | No Comment
Teams’ Brain Guys Getting Leg Up On Rule Guys

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Crossing the finish line first always tells you who won the race in motor sports, but it never tells you how the race was won. And in the long run, the how will generally determine the who.
An intriguing case study concerning one of the “hows” is currently playing out in […]

Kyle Busch’s Hatred Of Kansas Turns To Love
Sunday, May 8, 2016 – 3:16 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch’s Hatred Of Kansas Turns To Love
Kyle Busch’s Hatred Of Kansas Turns To Love

A couple years back, as he stood addressing the media after exiting the infield care center, Kyle Busch called Kansas Speedway the worst track on the Sprint Cup schedule. Hate the place, he said. On Saturday night, Busch finally picked up a victory at the series’ “worst” track.
Busch walked away from the field over the […]

Truex Wins Kansas Pole
Friday, May 6, 2016 – 20:23 | Comments Off on Truex Wins Kansas Pole
Truex Wins Kansas Pole

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Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing posted a fast lap at 28.284 seconds (190.921 mph) to win the pole for Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on Friday.
The pole was the eighth of Truex’s career and his first since April 2012 at Texas, a string of 147 races.
“It kind of took us a […]

McMurray, Ganassi Hope To Solve Speed Problems At Kansas
Friday, May 6, 2016 – 16:39 | Comments Off on McMurray, Ganassi Hope To Solve Speed Problems At Kansas
McMurray, Ganassi Hope To Solve Speed Problems At Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Missouri driver Jamie McMurray was asked the usual local-media questions about coming “home” to race this weekend. And he issued the usual polite, geographically correct answers.
“Always nice to come home,” the native of Springfield said. “Special.”
But for McMurray, reliving the past is way down there on his weekend to-do list. P1 […]

All-Star Format Announced, Sort Of Explained
Friday, May 6, 2016 – 16:19 | Comments Off on All-Star Format Announced, Sort Of Explained
All-Star Format Announced, Sort Of Explained

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Time will tell if the format for this year’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be a big challenge for the teams and drivers competiing in it. But it’s obvious right now that the format is a big challenge for those seeking to understand it.
The […]

Bowyer Hopes His Interim Season Is Turning
Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 18:19 | Comments Off on Bowyer Hopes His Interim Season Is Turning
Bowyer Hopes His Interim Season Is Turning

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Those who tap into in-race radio communication know that Clint Bowyer has not been wonderfully delighted about driving for his Harry Scott-owned Sprint Cup team this year.
Nothing personal, Bowyer said Thursday. Just Bowyer being Bowyer.
“I think everybody knows me,” Bowyer said during an interview at Kansas […]

Talladega-Kansas Swap Highlights 2017 Schedule
Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 14:18 | Comments Off on Talladega-Kansas Swap Highlights 2017 Schedule
Talladega-Kansas Swap Highlights 2017 Schedule

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – NASCAR announced its 2017 schedules on Thursday and one particular feature of the Sprint Cup schedule will likely be greeted with joy by competitors but with dismay be fans.
Next year, the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway will swap dates with the race at Kansas Speedway. The […]

Keselowski Holds Off Wreck-Thinned Field At ‘Dega
Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 16:00 | One Comment
Keselowski Holds Off Wreck-Thinned Field At ‘Dega

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brad Keselowski spent the last 30 or so laps of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in the only safe place at the 2.66-mile oval – out front. And that’s where he sat at the end of the last lap as he won the crashfest at NASCAR biggest […]

Truex Jr. Is Comfortable In Rearranged Furniture
Friday, Apr 29, 2016 – 9:15 | Comments Off on Truex Jr. Is Comfortable In Rearranged Furniture
Truex Jr. Is Comfortable In Rearranged Furniture

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
SHAWNEE, Kan. – It was pre-Kansas Speedway-event media day at a local bowling alley Wednesday and Martin Truex Jr. was addressing the topics de jour in NASCAR with much more ease than he was picking up strikes and spares.
He cruised his way through questions about lug nuts, paybacks, aero packages […]

Richmond Finish Won’t Pollute Gibbs’ Chemistry
Monday, Apr 25, 2016 – 9:25 | Comments Off on Richmond Finish Won’t Pollute Gibbs’ Chemistry
Richmond Finish Won’t Pollute Gibbs’ Chemistry

Race teams, as do most other teams, meet and debrief in the days following the sporting events in which they were involved. This week’s meeting at Joe Gibbs Racing could be a beauty.
On the final lap of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway, JGR driver Carl Edwards caught and pushed the race-leading […]