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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

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 [...]

Bernstein Looking Comfortable At Morgan Lucas
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 18:47 | Comments Off
Bernstein Looking Comfortable At Morgan Lucas

TOPEKA, Kan. – Brandon Bernstein looked anything but comfortable as he made his way around his team’s compound at Heartland Park Topeka on Friday. He was kind of waddling and weaving and making odd facial grimace kind of deals – all as a result of a mysteriously herniated disc in his lower back.
But rather oddly, [...]

Dick Trickle Was No Joke To Wisconsin Fans, Drivers
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Dick Trickle Was No Joke To Wisconsin Fans, Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There wasn’t much drama back in the 1960s and ‘70s in Wisconsin when you searched the sports pages for short-track results. What you were usually just doing was looking to see who finished second to Dick Trickle.
The guy from Wisconsin Rapids was that automatic.
Been thinking about that the last couple [...]

Kahne Getting Tired Of Apologies From Busch
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – 13:36 | 4 Comments
Kahne Getting Tired Of Apologies From Busch

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In the days between last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway and Saturday night’s event at Darlington Raceay, Kyle Busch has repeatedly stressed that he has nothing but respect and admiration for fellow driver Kasey Kahne.
He reportedly told Kahne that by way of a personal apology.
You’ve got to figure [...]

Kenseth Wins After Busch Fades At Darlington
Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 21:54 | Comments Off
Kenseth Wins After Busch Fades At Darlington

Matt Kenseth passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch for the lead with 13 laps to go and from there, went on to win Saturday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Busch had dominated the race up to the pass by Kenseth but over the final laps, his No. 18 Toyota began losing speed. Busch finished [...]

Hagan On Top As NHRA Returns To Atlanta
Friday, May 10, 2013 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Hagan On Top As NHRA Returns To Atlanta

Matt Hagan ended a 29-race drought from the top of Funny Car’s qualifying order by racing to the No. 1 position Friday at the rain-delayed Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Saturday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as the No. [...]

Appeals Panel Slashes Penalties Issued To Kenseth, JGR
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 15:48 | Comments Off
Appeals Panel Slashes Penalties Issued To Kenseth, JGR

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Penalties issued to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team and driver Matt Kenseth were scaled back significantly by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel on Wednesday.
Almost every penalty issued to the team was rescinded or reduced.
The penalties were issued after Kenseth’s Kansas Speedway race-winning car was found to have [...]

Dark Forces Again Plague Racing At Talladega
Monday, May 6, 2013 – 9:46 | One Comment
Dark Forces Again Plague Racing At Talladega

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Talladega Superspeedway, some say, is haunted. Seriously. Competitors and even track workers have been known to see things that aren’t there and hear things that don’t make sounds around the place that is said to be built on ground deemed scared by Native Americans.
And to be sure, things which defy [...]

Pastrana Takes Big Step Up In Quest For Respect
Friday, May 3, 2013 – 15:41 | Comments Off
Pastrana Takes Big Step Up In Quest For Respect

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Novelty-item drivers have come and gone in NASCAR over the years. Many of those who follow the sport may have thought that X-Games star Travis Pastrana would be just another one of those when he announced his intentions to cross over to NASCAR a couple years back.
On Friday afternoon at [...]

It’s Been A Go-Figure 2013 Sprint Cup Season
Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 10:22 | Comments Off
It’s Been A Go-Figure 2013 Sprint Cup Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The 2013 NASCAR season has been one of surprises. Not huge surprises like getting a pony on your birthday when you figured you were getting socks and underwear again. But mild and very interesting surprises emanating from driver performances and race-day culture.
The eve of the Sprint Cup Series’ 10th race [...]