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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 200 MPH Barrier Is Taking A Beating In 2012
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 – 15:39 | Comments Off
The 200 MPH Barrier Is Taking A Beating In 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Not that long ago, 200 mph on a Sprint Cup track was the OMG threshold. It was the point where excitement met danger. Pulse rates rose, mouths dried out. And the debate would commence.
If the 200 mph threshold was crossed on a non-restrictor plate track, the [...]

Kahne Leads Assault On Kansas Qualifying Record Book
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Kahne Leads Assault On Kansas Qualifying Record Book

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne became the first pole winner on the repaved, reconfigured Kansas Speedway oval Friday when he logged a record-blitzing lap at 191.360 mph.
The old qualifying record was set by Matt Kenseth in 2005. It was 180.856 mph.
“I went into (Turn) 3, and felt like [...]

Hamlin Says His Head Is Back In The Race
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Hamlin Says His Head Is Back In The Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Denny Hamlin said Friday that his bell has stopped ringing and that he has no concerns about his physical condition in the wake of a hard hit he took during Thursday’s Sprint Cup test session at Kansas Speedway.
“Feel 100 percent today,” Hamlin said. “Thought I was [...]

Stewart Insists His Plan For Danica Will Pan Out
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 15:20 | 4 Comments
Stewart Insists His Plan For Danica Will Pan Out

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The pointy heads call it “tough love’, that thing where authority figures subject their charges to small slices of hell in an effort to instill discipline that could serve them well in the future.
Tony Stewart, the Sprint Cup team owner, said Friday that despite some bouts [...]

Is NASCAR Sending Message On Head Injuries?
Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 – 15:16 | One Comment
Is NASCAR Sending Message On Head Injuries?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan, – Officially, not much has changed with NASCAR’s policy on driver injuries in the wake of what happened to Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega two weeks ago. Officially, a driver who can navigate his damaged car back to the garages after a wreck still will not be [...]

NASCAR Announces Major Format Changes
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 – 11:39 | One Comment
NASCAR Announces Major Format Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR officials on Tuesday unveiled a number of competition changes for the 2013 season, the most significant of which is a new qualifying format in the Sprint Cup Series.
That new format marks a return to the past as automatic entry into race fields by the top 35 cars in owner [...]

Will Busch Bust Up The Furniture?
Friday, Oct 12, 2012 – 9:23 | 2 Comments
Will Busch Bust Up The Furniture?

With a fresh start this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch now has the opportunity to make his way into a pretty interesting fraternity: The fraternity of professional athletes who have wasted massive talent and potential because of an inability to exercise acceptable levels of self control.
Here’s hoping the eldest of the Busch brothers [...]

Earnhardt Jr. To Skip Next Two Races Because Of Concussion
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 – 7:53 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. To Skip Next Two Races Because Of Concussion

Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not drive this upcoming weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, nor next weekend at Kansas Speedway, because of a head injury first suffered during a wreck during a tire test at Kansas in late August.
It was reported by Hendrick Motorsports early on Thursday morning that the concussion was sustained [...]

Kansas Going Extra Miles To Ready New Pavement
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 – 15:08 | Comments Off
Kansas Going Extra Miles To Ready New Pavement

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Veteran NASCAR driver David Green said he was concerned when he arrived at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first NASCAR event after that oval was repaved and reconfigured with variable banking in 2003. He figured there would be substantial growing pains.
His concerns were allayed, however, as soon as his Nationwide Series car hit [...]

Quite A Spectacle, That Talladega Cup Event
Monday, Oct 8, 2012 – 15:37 | 3 Comments
Quite A Spectacle, That Talladega Cup Event

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
So, at what point does racing cease being a sport and commence being mere spectacle? For a significant number of NASCAR drivers, that point is race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. For them, race weekend at Talladega is spectacle weekend and they plain don’t dig it.
That was made obvious – again [...]