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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

Harvick Continues Kansas Qualifying Tear
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 – 18:38 | Comments Off
Harvick Continues Kansas Qualifying Tear

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kevin Harvick, a driver who at one time could not buy a decent qualifying run, won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
It was his eighth pole of the season and his third in a row at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval.
“For whatever [...]

Kansas Notes: Junior Approaches The Big Four-Oh
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 – 16:16 | Comments Off
Kansas Notes: Junior Approaches The Big Four-Oh

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will turn 40 years old next Friday. This Friday, during a press conference at Kansas Speedway, he was asked about the birthday that many view as the beginning of the end, and of the 16 years he has spent as a Sprint [...]

Kansas City-Area Cup Drivers Want In On The Fun
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 – 14:24 | Comments Off
Kansas City-Area Cup Drivers Want In On The Fun

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Clint Bowyer stands ready and willing to take the baton pass from the Chiefs and Royals in this, the best week in professional sports that this area has experienced in decades.
But able?
Actually, he just might be. When his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota’s are running this fall, [...]

For Stewart, Life And Racing Are The Same Thing
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 – 15:08 | 2 Comments
For Stewart, Life And Racing Are The Same Thing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During a press conference on Monday, Tony Stewart was asked if he had considered retiring as a driver in the days since he was involved in an on-track incident in which 20-year-old competitor Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Stewart’s car.
People who know Stewart even just a little [...]

Pagenaud To Join Team Penske
Monday, Sep 29, 2014 – 12:01 | Comments Off
Pagenaud To Join Team Penske

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Team Penske announced Monday that it is adding Simon Pagenaud as a fourth driver to its IndyCar Series team.
The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Series. He will join 2014 series champion Will Power, multiple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner/former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske.
Pagenaud [...]

Gordon Gets Dover Win; Four Booted From Chase
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 – 16:29 | Comments Off
Gordon Gets Dover Win; Four Booted From Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon won his fourth race of the season Sunday when he beat the field to the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway. But even more relevant news broke further back in the field as the Chase playoff field was trimmed down from 16 to 12 drivers.
Ousted Sunday from the [...]

Almirola Out To Crash The Chase Party At Dover
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 – 8:22 | Comments Off
Almirola Out To Crash The Chase Party At Dover

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There, two weeks ago, was Aric Almirola in one of those queaze-inducing interview sessions. His heart laying on the oily infield pavement at Chicagoland Speedway, a microphone pointed at his head and moronic questions about how he felt being fired point blank.
Then came the headlines about Almirola being the “big [...]

Harvick Sprints To Pole For Dover Cup Race
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 – 18:55 | Comments Off
Harvick Sprints To Pole For Dover Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick’s conversion to a qualifying monster continued Friday when he took the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.
The pole was the seventh of the season for Harvick, who just six in his previous 13 years in the sport.
“It’s been an amazing [...]

Grand Jury: No Criminal Charges Against Stewart
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 – 15:34 | Comments Off
Grand Jury: No Criminal Charges Against Stewart

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A grand jury investigating the death of a young sprint car driver during a race in Ontario County, N.Y. earlier this summer, has determined there is no basis to file any criminal charges against fellow driver Tony Stewart it was announced Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, the district attorney in Ontario County [...]

NASCAR Announces Sweeping Rule Changes For 2015 Cup Season
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 – 15:35 | Comments Off
NASCAR Announces Sweeping Rule Changes For 2015 Cup Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR announced a series of rule changes on Tuesday that will go into effect beginning with the 2015 racing season.
The rule changes apply to cars and engines and their aim, NASCAR officials said, is to improve competition, safety and the cost of doing business.
They include reduction of spoiler heights [...]