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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

Pull The Plug On Pulling The Plug At Indy Talk
Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 – 9:10 | 7 Comments
Pull The Plug On Pulling The Plug At Indy Talk

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It’s becoming an annual rite of mid-summer: Cruise the Internet and read columns and blogs and Tweets about how the Brickyard 400 has become dung and that it’s time to shut it down. One of those babies popped up at the top of the Google search just this morning.
They’ll continue [...]

AMS Ticket Office Extends Hours
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 – 14:31 | Comments Off

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The Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office will extend its hours, including opening on weekends, beginning on July 28 in advance of the track’s three nights of NASCAR racing during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
With ticket demand growing as the Atlanta race date nears on the NASCAR schedule, the AMS ticket office will be open [...]

Indy Road Course Will Be A Happy Place This Week
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 – 9:22 | One Comment
Indy Road Course Will Be A Happy Place This Week

Despite the importance and despite the history, Formula 1 teams, drivers and foreign fans never fell in love with Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Oh, they all knew about the speedway and what went on there over the decades. And despite their reputations for being aloof and arrogant, they went out of their way to pay homage to [...]

Has The Time Come For The NHRA To Get SAFER?
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 – 9:30 | One Comment
Has The Time Come For The NHRA To Get SAFER?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Some final thoughts about a final relatively quiet weekend of racing before the fan blades become soiled by things like chases to Chases, countdowns to Countdowns and other playoff-like runs to championships:
– After watching a particularly scary crash at Bandimere Speedway over the weekend, you have to wonder if the [...]

Pickett Team Muscles Way To Victory In Mosport
Monday, Jul 23, 2012 – 6:32 | Comments Off
Pickett Team Muscles Way To Victory In Mosport

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With Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr driving, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing won for the third straight year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a victory Sunday in the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
The team won the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport in the No. 6 [...]

Massey Streaks To Provisional Pole In Colorado
Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Massey Streaks To Provisional Pole In Colorado

Points-leader Spencer Massey continued his recent surge in Top Fuel, racing to the provisional qualifying lead Friday at the 33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took provisional top spots in their respective categories at [...]

HANS Hopes New Device Will Save More Drivers’ Lives
Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 – 14:06 | Comments Off
HANS Hopes New Device Will Save More Drivers’ Lives

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Depsite the series of wrecks which took a number of drivers’ lives in recent years, and despite the fact that hardly a weekend goes by during which other high-profile drivers credit their ability to walk away from horrifying wrecks to the effectiveness of head-and-neck restraint systems, large numbers of drivers [...]

Capps Heads West To Re-Fire Some Momentum
Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 – 10:54 | One Comment
Capps Heads West To Re-Fire Some Momentum

This year, Ron Capps has been point man in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in recent racing memory. It’s been a turnaround that has shot him and his NHRA Funny Car team to second place in the standings and has the leader looking back over his shoulder.
But as the NHRA begins its annual Western [...]

The ‘Dinger/Hornish Saga Rolls Into The Bye Week
Monday, Jul 16, 2012 – 17:43 | 2 Comments
The ‘Dinger/Hornish Saga Rolls Into The Bye Week

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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An final look back and some random thoughts from the weekend of racing:
Week 2 of Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 22 Penske Racing Sprint Cup Dodge featured a bit better ending than Week 1.
A week ago, in his first race after replacing AJ Allmendinger – who was suddenly suspended [...]

Pastrana Wins New Hampshire Leg Of GRC
Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Pastrana Wins New Hampshire Leg Of GRC

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Travis Pastrana powered his way to the win in Saturday’s Sylvania SilverStar zXe Global Rallycross Championship event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Pastrana won his heat handily to start third in the 10-car final and then masterfully wheeled his No. 199 Red Bull Rallycross Dodge Dart around GRC championship point leader Tanner Foust on [...]