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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

Candidates For 2014 Hall Of Fame Announced
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 – 20:05 | 2 Comments
Candidates For 2014 Hall Of Fame Announced

Five new candidates joined 20 past candidates as the NASCAR Hall of Fame announced its list of contenders for the Class of 2014 on Wednesday.
The new candidates include track owner/promoter O. Bruton Smith, former Sprint Cup champion Dale Jarrett, Petty Enterprises engine builder Maurice Petty, short-track specialist and 1960 Cup champion Rex White and five-time [...]

Hunter-Reay on Barber Pole
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 – 12:31 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay on Barber Pole

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Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole for Sunday’s race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
Hunter-Reay, who DNF’d in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla., said, “You know this team has done so well this weekend – we just kept progressing. We knew where we needed to work on it, and [...]

Brown Moves To Top At Vegas
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Brown Moves To Top At Vegas

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Antron Brown raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel Friday at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Brown powered his Matco Tools dragster to a leading performance of [...]

Darrell Wallace Jr. Knows His Time Begins Now
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 – 10:32 | 3 Comments
Darrell Wallace Jr. Knows His Time Begins Now

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Darrell Wallace Jr.’s story is not one of those in which he wanted to be a race car driver from the day his parents plopped him down, booty-clad feet first, into one of those baby strollers which has a little steering wheel with a red horn button.
It’s not one of [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Provides A View From The Top
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 – 16:49 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Provides A View From The Top

By Jm Pedley | Managing Editor
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A decent-size batch lot of interesting stories accompanied NASCAR when the series headed into the Easter weekend bye. Stories featuring topics like drivers calling other drivers nasty names like “chicken” and “little rich kid”; unprotected concrete walls; a return of good racing; a big crowd at Fontana; blocking.
The race at [...]

Gibbs: Logano Was Just Going For The Victory
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 – 11:10 | 3 Comments
Gibbs: Logano Was Just Going For The Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, says he does not believe that rival-team driver Joey Logano intentionally attempted to crash and injure JGR driver Denny Hamlin during the late going of last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.
Instead, Gibbs said during a teleconference on Thursday, he thinks Logano [...]

Hamlin Condition Update
Monday, Mar 25, 2013 – 13:57 | 3 Comments
Hamlin Condition Update

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Joe Gibbs Racing issued the following statement Monday afternoon on the condition of driver Denny Hamlin, who was injured during a last-lap crash in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.:
“Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Denny Hamlin suffered a L1 Compression Fracture following an accident on the final lap of [...]

Could Hamlin Be Immersed In More Hot Water?
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 – 17:05 | 2 Comments
Could Hamlin Be Immersed In More Hot Water?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Could Denny Hamlin be headed for more trouble with NASCAR officials as a result of a statement he made on Friday at Auto Club Speedway?
The statement was, after all, as potentially damaging to Sprint Cup’s Gen-6 car public relations campaign as was the statement which resulted in Hamlin being issued [...]

Brown Dusts Self Off, Climbs Back On 8,000 Horses
Friday, Feb 22, 2013 – 15:13 | One Comment
Brown Dusts Self Off, Climbs Back On 8,000 Horses

When NHRA nitro cars blow up, they blow up good. Real good. Last weekend in the Sunday eliminations of the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Antron Brown’s Top Fuel car blew up so good that it tore the giant rear slicks completely off their rims.
And after that, things got really ugly as the car slammed [...]

Townley Starts 2013 By Cruising Past Critics
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Townley Starts 2013 By Cruising Past Critics

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Despite radio ear buds, balaclava, helmet and mega-decibel V-8 engine noise, John Wes Townley had no problem hearing what was being said about him during his early years in NASCAR. Nasty words have a way of making their way past all sound-deadening obstacles.
But last Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, [...]