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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

Starworks’ Season A Humdinger – And Gut Buster
Monday, Oct 29, 2012 – 15:04 | Comments Off
Starworks’ Season A Humdinger – And Gut Buster

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Leaning against a counter top in his Starworks Motorsport hauler last Saturday, Peter Baron burped out a sarcastic laugh when it was suggested to him that 2012 must have been his best year in racing. Ever.
The ever-young-looking Starworks owner reached into the front pocket of his pants and pulled out a [...]

INDYCAR Says Bernard Has Not Been Fired
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 – 16:44 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Says Bernard Has Not Been Fired

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The INDYCAR Series on Friday denied reports that CEO Randy Bernard has been fired.
“Randy has not been fired,” INDYCAR spokesperson Amy Konrath told RacinToday.com on Friday afternoon. “His employment status has not changed.”
The Indianapolis Business Journal reported earlier in the day that “sources familiar with the situation” said that Bernard [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Cleared To Return
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 – 13:41 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Cleared To Return

RacinToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared to return to racing, Hendrick Motorsports officials said Tuesday.
Since being diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega, Ala., Earnhardt has participated in a rehabilitation program directed by Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. Throughout the process, Petty consulted with Dr. Micky Collins, director of the University [...]

It Turned Out To Be A Groovy Day At Kansas
Monday, Oct 22, 2012 – 10:16 | Comments Off
It Turned Out To Be A Groovy Day At Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Some leftovers for an, um, interesting weekend at Kansas Speedway:
Determining the number of racing grooves which a race track supports is, it appears, in the eye of the beholder. Or, probably, more accurately, on how a driver finishes on the track in question.
Hopes for multi-groove racing [...]

Matt Kenseth Wins Overly Cautious Kansas Race
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 – 18:47 | Comments Off
Matt Kenseth Wins Overly Cautious Kansas Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The high speeds that were recorded in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway were expected. The track was, after all, repaved to dead smoothness. In addition, the banking was kicked up an additional five degrees.
Wild racing was also expected as repaved [...]

Stenhouse Jr. Wins Kansas
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 – 18:39 | Comments Off
Stenhouse Jr. Wins Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. blew past Kyle Busch’s fuel-spent Toyota Camry for the lead as the two drivers headed for the checkered flag and went on to win Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway.
The last-lap pass capped a wild comeback for Stenhouse, who had to come from [...]

The 200 MPH Barrier Is Taking A Beating In 2012
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 – 15:39 | Comments Off
The 200 MPH Barrier Is Taking A Beating In 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Not that long ago, 200 mph on a Sprint Cup track was the OMG threshold. It was the point where excitement met danger. Pulse rates rose, mouths dried out. And the debate would commence.
If the 200 mph threshold was crossed on a non-restrictor plate track, the [...]

Kahne Leads Assault On Kansas Qualifying Record Book
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Kahne Leads Assault On Kansas Qualifying Record Book

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne became the first pole winner on the repaved, reconfigured Kansas Speedway oval Friday when he logged a record-blitzing lap at 191.360 mph.
The old qualifying record was set by Matt Kenseth in 2005. It was 180.856 mph.
“I went into (Turn) 3, and felt like [...]

Hamlin Says His Head Is Back In The Race
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Hamlin Says His Head Is Back In The Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Denny Hamlin said Friday that his bell has stopped ringing and that he has no concerns about his physical condition in the wake of a hard hit he took during Thursday’s Sprint Cup test session at Kansas Speedway.
“Feel 100 percent today,” Hamlin said. “Thought I was [...]

Stewart Insists His Plan For Danica Will Pan Out
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 15:20 | 4 Comments
Stewart Insists His Plan For Danica Will Pan Out

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The pointy heads call it “tough love’, that thing where authority figures subject their charges to small slices of hell in an effort to instill discipline that could serve them well in the future.
Tony Stewart, the Sprint Cup team owner, said Friday that despite some bouts [...]