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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

Kanaan Heads Back For Seconds At The Brickyard
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 – 19:45 | Comments Off
Kanaan Heads Back For Seconds At The Brickyard

Apparently, it’s the best-tasting meal in auto racing: 100-year-old red brick coated with a thin film of motor oil and lightly sprinkled with a gritty dusting of pulverized rubber. It’s so good that Tony Kanaan just could not wait a whole year to put his lips to another helping.
During a teleconference on Tuesday afternoon, Kanaan [...]

Ganassi Racing’s Hull Talks Droughts And Streaks
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Ganassi Racing’s Hull Talks Droughts And Streaks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans get to see flashes of Mike Hull on television broadcasts of IndyCar events. And they get to hear short quips from the long-time managing director of Chip Ganassi Racing during pre-race advances and post-race reactions.
But Hull, who spends his time during races sitting on pit boxes and calling the [...]

More Racing Does Not Always Mean Better Racing
Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 – 7:12 | 3 Comments
More Racing Does Not Always Mean Better Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some notes and takes:
When Brian Vickers survived the green/white/checkered restart and went on to take the white flag at the end of the New Hampshire race last weekend, there was a feeling of relief. The guy who deserved to win the race, actually won the race in Loudon.
The downside of multiple [...]

NASCAR To Revamp Much Of Officiating Process
Monday, Jul 15, 2013 – 17:28 | One Comment
NASCAR To Revamp Much Of Officiating Process

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During a press conference on Monday, NASCAR officials announced their future plans concerning the topics of crime and punishment. The upgraded methods in those areas will incorporate increased use of “emerging” technology and are, the officials said, aimed at “making the racing better” for teams and fans.
Attending the press conference/teleconference, [...]

First Date With Dirt Won’t Be Real Comfortable
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 – 8:12 | Comments Off
First Date With Dirt Won’t Be Real Comfortable

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On July 24th, NASCAR Camping World Truck racing fans will get to see how their drivers do on dirt as the series heads to the Eldora Speedway short track in Ohio to compete in the inaugural Midsummer Classic.
A guy who knows quite a bit about Eldora and even more about [...]

Kurt Busch’s Best Attributes Are On Display In ‘13
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 – 14:46 | 5 Comments
Kurt Busch’s Best Attributes Are On Display In ‘13

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans have always thought Kurt Busch to be a punk. Media members seldom enjoy interviewing him. Sponsors have thought of him as poison. Peers have called him out in public and in private: One even made fun of his looks. But finding somebody to criticize his driving talent is a [...]

Ganassi Sweeps Up In IndyCar’s Return To Pocono
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 – 18:16 | Comments Off
Ganassi Sweeps Up In IndyCar’s Return To Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Scott Dixon led a first-ever Chip Ganassi Racing podium sweep in winning INDYCAR’s return to Pocono Raceway after a 24-year absence on Sunday afternoon.
Dixon earned his first victory since Mid-Ohio last August, while Charlie Kimball tied his career high of second and four-time series champion Dario Franchitti finished third.
“Going into this [...]

Would Day Change Put Pop Back Into Firecracker?
Friday, Jul 5, 2013 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Would Day Change Put Pop Back Into Firecracker?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On Saturday night, the Sprint Cup Series will hold the 2013 version of the race that at one time, had the perfect name – the Firecracker 400. Held on the Fourth of July, way down South, sand clinging sweat-stickied skin, loud un-muffled V-8s. Perfect.
Just not profitable enough – the name [...]

Danica, Team Hoping To Restart The Beach Party
Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 – 9:57 | 2 Comments
Danica, Team Hoping To Restart The Beach Party

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Reasons to party hearty have been few for Danica Patrick, her team and her fans to this point in her first full season in Sprint Cup.
This coming weekend, however, Patrick and her Stewart Haas Racing team will return to the scene of what, by far, provided them with most party-rific [...]

John Force Still Speeding At Route 66
Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 – 6:43 | Comments Off
John Force Still Speeding At Route 66

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John Force kept his recent hot streak going Friday at Route 66 Raceway by powering to the qualifying lead in Funny Car at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their [...]