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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

Dempsey Heads To Le Mans In His New Car
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Dempsey Heads To Le Mans In His New Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Patrick Dempsey sounded kind of emotional last September as he talked about his team taking it’s last ride in a Mazda RX-8 GT. For good reason: His Dempsey Racing team had raced nothing but Mazda’s since forming five years before.
But any tears shed about having to move on for the [...]

Michigan Actually Is A Big Race For Ford This Time
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 – 8:21 | Comments Off
Michigan Actually Is A Big Race For Ford This Time

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
You can count on it. In fact, it occurs with such regularly that it has become a eye-rolling cliche:  Every time the Sprint Cup series arrives at Michigan International Speedway, somebody in the media will ask Ford drivers in general and Roush Fenway Racing drivers specifically about the importance of [...]

Gibbs Takes Big Swing At Keselowski, Remarks
Friday, Jun 14, 2013 – 16:15 | 2 Comments
Gibbs Takes Big Swing At Keselowski, Remarks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sometimes – in racing and in life in general – success is the result of hard work and the creative application of intellect and experience. Sometimes it’s the result of thievery.
Brad Keselowski clearly thinks that it is a bit of the latter which has been holding back him and his [...]

‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As NASCAR Hall of Fame voting cranked on last Wednesday, there was one phrase that got increasing use. Perhaps disturbingly so.
That phrase was (paraphrased): If “X” doesn’t get elected into the Hall this year it’s no big deal because he’ll surely get in in the future.
Really? Will he?
As [...]

Notes: The Champ’s Leadership Quest Will Go On
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 10:29 | One Comment
Notes: The Champ’s Leadership Quest Will Go On

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – After winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski told the garages he wanted to assume a leadership role in the series. This year, Keselowski has run into some problems. On the track and off.
Tweeted and voiced comments have not sat well with some of his peers. Unapproved [...]

Kenseth Making No Long Term Plans For 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Kenseth Making No Long Term Plans For 2013

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Things have gone dang well for Matt Kenseth this season. So well that he was named the winner of the first quarter Driver of the Year award on Thursday. So well that he even beat NASCAR law enforcement officials by having the massive penalties he was issued [...]

Top Fueler Brown To Go Stock Car Racing
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 10:10 | Comments Off
Top Fueler Brown To Go Stock Car Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – It was announced during a press conference held at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday that NHRA drag racer Antron Brown will take a shot at stock-car racing.
Brown, as first reported earlier Thursday by RacinToday.com sources, will test a K&N Series car for Rev Racing, the team owned by Max [...]

Bright Lights Find Jack Ingram, Maurice Petty
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 – 19:27 | Comments Off
Bright Lights Find Jack Ingram, Maurice Petty

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The bright lights never find some auto racers. The media scrums that search out the pretty boys – the drivers with the big names and high paying endorsement deals – run away from, not to this group. Despite critically important contributions to their sport, some racers in [...]

Phillips Needs To Be In Hall: Sooner The Better
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 16:46 | Comments Off
Phillips Needs To Be In Hall: Sooner The Better

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rusty Wallace likes to talk. And when he gets going, he can say a lot of things in a short amount of time. Separating the nut from the shell takes a good ear when listening to Rusty go.
It was during one of those go-times 10 years ago, [...]

John Force Ready To Beat Up On The Sharks
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 14:36 | Comments Off
John Force Ready To Beat Up On The Sharks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
TOPEKA, Kan. – John Force was in an anecdotal kind of mood Friday as he “relaxed” in his motorhome at Heartland Park Topeka. Apparently when things are not going well for the 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion, stories with uplifting morals come to mind.
And, with neither he nor his other [...]