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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

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 [...]

Danica Debate Flares Anew During Kentucky Week
Friday, Jun 28, 2013 – 15:48 | 6 Comments
Danica Debate Flares Anew During Kentucky Week

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As a television “analyst”, Kyle Petty is paid handsomely to do little more than talk. On a national broadcast Thursday, Petty certainly earned his money as he offered up the opinion that Danica Patrick is “not a race car driver”, but “just a marketing machine”.
Like, ouch.
Bold analysis, for sure. But, [...]

F-1’s Webber To Co-Drive New Porsche LMP1 Car
Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 – 8:13 | Comments Off
F-1’s Webber To Co-Drive New Porsche LMP1 Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Porsche’s return to the  LMP1 class at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship continues to take shape as the German carmaker announced Thursday that Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber will co-drive the new car when it debuts next season.
For the 2014 season, Webber, who will leave his [...]

Enders-Stevens Returns To Cockpit At Route 66
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 – 15:43 | Comments Off
Enders-Stevens Returns To Cockpit At Route 66

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens took last weekend off, but missing the series’ inaugural New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. was anything but a vacation. Enders-Stevens was forced off the track because of sponsorship issues at Cagnazzi Racing and it hurt like crazy.
This weekend, Enders-Stevens will be back in [...]