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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

Loyalty And Patience Have Paid Off For Truex Jr.
Friday, Sep 14, 2012 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Loyalty And Patience Have Paid Off For Truex Jr.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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LEAWOOD, Kan. – Ty Norris’s tone shifted noticeably toward serious when the conversation shifted toward Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr.’s victory total since joining Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2010 season.
Norris, MWR’s general manager, made it clear that it was not zero victories that have defined Truex’s time with [...]

Reminder: Bowyer Won Final Non-Chase Race
Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 – 10:24 | Comments Off
Reminder: Bowyer Won Final Non-Chase Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Racing thoughts from the last week or so:
Quick: Who won the race at Richmond?
The point: Probably the most irrelevant person in racing every year is the driver who wins the Sprint Cup race at Richmond in September. Unless, of course, that driver needed the win to get into the Chase; [...]

Drivers: Merged Sports Car Series Facing Big Q’s
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 – 17:58 | Comments Off
Drivers: Merged Sports Car Series Facing Big Q’s

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It took years of difficult start-and-stop talks before the leaders of North America’s two top sports car series could finally agree to a merger. But now, according to drivers from those series, comes the tough part: Coming up with a merged series that works for all parties.
“I wouldn’t want to be [...]

Courtney Force Is P1 At Rain-Delayed U.S. Nationals
Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 – 21:06 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Is P1 At Rain-Delayed U.S. Nationals

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Courtney Force raced to her first career No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the rain-delayed NHRA Full [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Speaks The Truth About The Media
Friday, Sep 7, 2012 – 16:34 | 11 Comments
Earnhardt Jr. Speaks The Truth About The Media

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as he sat in front of the media during his weekly “hauler chat”, NASCAR driver/team-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. fielded the usual battery of questions about Danica Patrick. It is something that has become pro forma on race weekends.
One of the answers Earnhardt – who [...]

GRAND-AM, ALMS Sports Car Series To Merge
Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 – 9:14 | Comments Off
GRAND-AM, ALMS Sports Car Series To Merge

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Begining in 2014, there will be just one major sports car series operating in the United States as officials of the Rolex GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series announced Wednesday that they will merge their operations.
The announcement was made during a press conference held at Daytona International Speedway, site of [...]

Logano Happy About Fresh Start At Penske Racing
Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 – 8:49 | Comments Off
Logano Happy About Fresh Start At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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When Joey Logano arrived in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008, he came stamped with a “can’t-miss” tag. When he moves to his new gig at Penske Racing next year, he will do so with a new tag in place; one which reads “can-salvage”.
During a Wednesday morning teleconference with the [...]

Kenseth-To-Gibbs Announcement Finally Made
Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 – 12:14 | Comments Off
Kenseth-To-Gibbs Announcement Finally Made

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As expected, Matt Kenseth will drive a Sprint Cup car for Joe Gibbs Racing next year. The long-anticipated announcement of that was made during a jovial press conference held Tuesday at the JGR team’s Huntersville, N.C. shops.
“In this sport, you’ve got to have somebody who can really wheel it,” team [...]

U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question
Friday, Aug 31, 2012 – 10:46 | Comments Off
U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The NHRA is unique in a number of ways. One of those ways goes on display this weekend and it’s tough to decide whether that way is good unique or bad unique.
The U.S. Nationals are drag racing’s big event. It’s the sport’s Daytona 500, it’s Indianapolis 500. In several senses, [...]

Goodyear Gives Kansas Repave A Thumbs Up
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Goodyear Gives Kansas Repave A Thumbs Up

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Although he says he slept well on Monday night, Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren looked and sounded relieved after Tuesday’s first day of a two-day Goodyear tire test at his newly repaved 1.5-mile tri-oval.
That’s to be expected as the Kansas project has been one of the most scrutinized repaves in NASCAR during [...]