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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

Sitting At The Intersection Of NASCAR And Apollo 11
Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 – 13:02 | Comments Off on Sitting At The Intersection Of NASCAR And Apollo 11
Sitting At The Intersection Of NASCAR And Apollo 11

Yes, it really happened 50 years ago.

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Many years back, an old college friend and road racing freak asked me about NASCAR’s version of going fast. What’s it like “covering the Gomers?” the guy, who was a pure science guy in school, wondered.

The implication of his question/statement was that NASCAR […]

Words Always Precede Racing On Cup Weekends
Saturday, Jul 6, 2019 – 18:10 | Comments Off on Words Always Precede Racing On Cup Weekends
Words Always Precede Racing On Cup Weekends

Another NASCAR tradition – the July 4th weekend race at Daytona – bites the dust this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

They call the little Q and A sessions they have with drivers or officials in media centers on NASCAR Cup Series race weekends “breakout sessions” these days. […]

Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America
Friday, Jun 28, 2019 – 9:15 | Comments Off on Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America
Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America

Road America is, by consensus, considered a world class road circuit. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Just before the start of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, Fox Sports’ Mike Joy let go with a Mike Joy. Dripping with condescending and take-my-word-as-gospel tone, he let go with this: Sonoma is […]

A Sad Farewell To Factory-Backed Prototypes
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 – 15:03 | Comments Off on A Sad Farewell To Factory-Backed Prototypes
A Sad Farewell To Factory-Backed Prototypes

The Porsche 919 Hybrids were things of esthetic and technical beauty.

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Thanksgiving for food and football, New Years Day for college football and all-day finger food and Le Mans for the greatest sports car race in the world and coffee and a grilling out and more coffee.

Those, in order, would be […]

Pagenaud Wins Wild Shoot Out At Indianapolis
Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 15:09 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Wins Wild Shoot Out At Indianapolis
Pagenaud Wins Wild Shoot Out At Indianapolis

Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske was one happy pole-winner at Indy last Sunday. This Sunday, he was one happy race winner. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

If you’re driving an Indy car for Roger Penske, you had better be leading laps and winning races in that car. Simon Pagenaud had not […]

Small Team Owner Birthed Many Of Cup’s Big Stars
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 17:25 | Comments Off on Small Team Owner Birthed Many Of Cup’s Big Stars
Small Team Owner Birthed Many Of Cup’s Big Stars

Carl Edwards talks with the man who helped make him a star – Mike Mittler. (RacinToday file photo courtesy of Dan Robinson)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

After winning Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, Brad Keselowski got audibly and visually emotional. It wasn’t because of his victory or the fact that it […]

Elliott, Chevy Crank Out A Big Victory At Talladega
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 – 18:00 | Comments Off on Elliott, Chevy Crank Out A Big Victory At Talladega
Elliott, Chevy Crank Out A Big Victory At Talladega

Chase Elliott and Chevrolet had a big day at Talladega on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Team orders have always been controversial in auto racing. On Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, they resulted in a victory.

The team orders at Talladega came not from a team owner and they did not concern […]

Rahal Keeps His Cool After Controversial Penalty
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 – 7:53 | Comments Off on Rahal Keeps His Cool After Controversial Penalty
Rahal Keeps His Cool After Controversial Penalty

Graham Rahal beat Scott Dixon to the finish line to – briefly – earn a podium finish at Long Beach on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

The most impressive move at Sunday’s IndyCar Series race in the streets of Long Beach was made by Graham Rahal. It was a move that […]

Jimmie’s Tough Times Getting Tougher So Far In ’19
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 – 8:14 | Comments Off on Jimmie’s Tough Times Getting Tougher So Far In ’19
Jimmie’s Tough Times Getting Tougher So Far In ’19

Jimmie Johnson took himself out of the playoffs last October with an aggressive move on Martin Truex Jr. on the final turn of the race at the Charlotte Roval. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

The 2019 season is only six races old but after watching last Sunday’s Cup Series race at Martinsville, it may not […]

Putting COTA On Schedule Is A Winning Move
Friday, Mar 22, 2019 – 8:04 | Comments Off on Putting COTA On Schedule Is A Winning Move
Putting COTA On Schedule Is A Winning Move

The Indy cars take to the twisties at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

As North American racing series continue their overwrought fire drill to reclaim fan bases that no longer exist, and as they attempt to attract new, young devotees in an age in which […]