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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

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 [...]

Langdon, Al-Anabi Are Swinging To A New Tune
Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 – 13:10 | Comments Off
Langdon, Al-Anabi Are Swinging To A New Tune

In the comment section of a story about Al-Anabi Racing which ran recently on an NHRA-news website, a reader left a message which, basically, blamed this year’s drivers for the Top Fuel team’s 2012 problems. Shawn Langdon, one of those drivers, said no, he had not seen the comment. But, he said, he has heard [...]

Hornish Jr. Looking Left Out As 2012 Nears End
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 – 12:18 | 4 Comments
Hornish Jr. Looking Left Out As 2012 Nears End

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sam Hornish Jr. cut a bit of a lonely figure as he stared out the windows that overlook Kansas Speedway from the Turn 2 Bar and Restaurant at the recently opened trackside Hollywood Casino.
Behind him, media, PR people and fans were milling about as they waited for the start of a [...]

Furniture Row Knows: Used Stuff Can Be Bargain
Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 – 9:19 | 3 Comments
Furniture Row Knows: Used Stuff Can Be Bargain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some racing thoughts:
The old mailback seems to tell this story: Fans think hiring Kurt Busch was a huge mistake on the part of Furniture Row Racing.
The thought here is that that is probably true –  if Furniture Row is more concerned about its image than with improving on-track performance.
The current [...]

Earnhardt Jr.: A Thin Line Divides Risky, Reckless
Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 – 8:36 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr.: A Thin Line Divides Risky, Reckless

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
With hopes for a comeback victory about to board a charter flight out of town Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks took a chance. And it paid.
With his hopes for a 2012 Sprint Cup championship fading faster than a Wal-Mart t-shirt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. cannot take a similar chance.
For a couple [...]

Keselowski-Wolfe Combo Has A Familiar Look
Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Keselowski-Wolfe Combo Has A Familiar Look

Racin’ thoughts after first week of playoffs and an end to a season:
Driver gets off to a decent start in a race; he and crew chief improve performance as race wears on; look pretty good but not great heading into final scheduled pit stop of the day; kick crap out of everybody else on the [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]