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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

The Future Will Push The Past Aside Today
Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 – 10:19 | Comments Off
The Future Will Push The Past Aside Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson insisted Thursday that he just has this feeling that somehow, some way, he will win his sixth Sprint Cup championship on Sunday. Can’t explain it, he said.
Over in a publishing plant in Olathe, Kan., NASCAR guys this week were saying the same thing: Johnson picks up where he [...]

Johnson Pulls Out A New Weapon In Title Chase
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 – 10:26 | Comments Off
Johnson Pulls Out A New Weapon In Title Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Down 20 points to a toaster-coil hot but inexperienced challenger with just 400 miles to go before the 2012 Sprint Cup championship is decided, Jimmie Johnson introduced psychological warfare into the fight on media day.
No, he didn’t go U.S. vs. Noriega by blaring loud rock music at Brad Keselowski’s hotel, [...]

Bad Brad Knows About Racing And Theater
Monday, Nov 12, 2012 – 18:59 | 5 Comments
Bad Brad Knows About Racing And Theater

Once again, on Sunday afternoon, Brad Keselowski showed championship form.
Yes, on the race track, where he used a wonderful pairing of hammer and scalpel to fashion an improbable top-six finish which in all likelihood, earned him the 2012 Sprint Cup title.
But also after the race at Phoenix International Raceway. It was then that he showed [...]

The Cup Championship Is Keselowski’s To Lose
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 – 18:31 | One Comment
The Cup Championship Is Keselowski’s To Lose

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brad Keselowski will head to South Florida for the final race of the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship next weekend needing just to stay out of trouble to win his first NASCAR championship. That is, Keselowski will just need to do what Jimmie Johnson could not do during Sunday’s [...]

A Bounce-Back Championship Would Be A Biggie
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 – 11:52 | Comments Off
A Bounce-Back Championship Would Be A Biggie

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Who knows which moment or race or Chase will end up defining Jimmie Johnson’s driving career: The guy looks capable of having one of the longest periods of peak performance in all of sports history.
But a candidate for Johnson’s defining moment has emerged this fall. His run to and through [...]

Johnson Has One Huge Advantage In This Chase
Sunday, Nov 4, 2012 – 7:48 | Comments Off
Johnson Has One Huge Advantage In This Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Talent? Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson both have shelves stacked full of that. Great equipment? The two drivers leading the point standings are well-stocked there as well. Wrenchers? Chad Knaus is this era’s Spanner Boy but Paul Wolfe’s is builing a nice reputation of his own and may just be [...]

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

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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 [...]