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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

Courtney Force Is P1 At Rain-Delayed U.S. Nationals
Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 – 21:06 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Is P1 At Rain-Delayed U.S. Nationals

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Courtney Force raced to her first career No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the rain-delayed NHRA Full [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Speaks The Truth About The Media
Friday, Sep 7, 2012 – 16:34 | 11 Comments
Earnhardt Jr. Speaks The Truth About The Media

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as he sat in front of the media during his weekly “hauler chat”, NASCAR driver/team-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. fielded the usual battery of questions about Danica Patrick. It is something that has become pro forma on race weekends.
One of the answers Earnhardt – who [...]

GRAND-AM, ALMS Sports Car Series To Merge
Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 – 9:14 | Comments Off
GRAND-AM, ALMS Sports Car Series To Merge

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Begining in 2014, there will be just one major sports car series operating in the United States as officials of the Rolex GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series announced Wednesday that they will merge their operations.
The announcement was made during a press conference held at Daytona International Speedway, site of [...]

Logano Happy About Fresh Start At Penske Racing
Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 – 8:49 | Comments Off
Logano Happy About Fresh Start At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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When Joey Logano arrived in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008, he came stamped with a “can’t-miss” tag. When he moves to his new gig at Penske Racing next year, he will do so with a new tag in place; one which reads “can-salvage”.
During a Wednesday morning teleconference with the [...]

Kenseth-To-Gibbs Announcement Finally Made
Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 – 12:14 | Comments Off
Kenseth-To-Gibbs Announcement Finally Made

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As expected, Matt Kenseth will drive a Sprint Cup car for Joe Gibbs Racing next year. The long-anticipated announcement of that was made during a jovial press conference held Tuesday at the JGR team’s Huntersville, N.C. shops.
“In this sport, you’ve got to have somebody who can really wheel it,” team [...]

U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question
Friday, Aug 31, 2012 – 10:46 | Comments Off
U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The NHRA is unique in a number of ways. One of those ways goes on display this weekend and it’s tough to decide whether that way is good unique or bad unique.
The U.S. Nationals are drag racing’s big event. It’s the sport’s Daytona 500, it’s Indianapolis 500. In several senses, [...]

Goodyear Gives Kansas Repave A Thumbs Up
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Goodyear Gives Kansas Repave A Thumbs Up

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Although he says he slept well on Monday night, Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren looked and sounded relieved after Tuesday’s first day of a two-day Goodyear tire test at his newly repaved 1.5-mile tri-oval.
That’s to be expected as the Kansas project has been one of the most scrutinized repaves in NASCAR during [...]

The Kenseth-Stewart Feud Has Petered Out
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 – 19:53 | Comments Off
The Kenseth-Stewart Feud Has Petered Out

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sprint Cup’s hottest feud is over after all of three days as both Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart said Tuesday that it’s time to get back to racing for the 2012 series championship.
Kenseth said it after a tire test at Kansas Speedway on Tuesday afternoon and [...]

Matt Hagan Facing Big Pressure At The Big Go
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 – 13:13 | Comments Off
Matt Hagan Facing Big Pressure At The Big Go

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Talk about things being in place for a big year. Matt Hagan was the defending NHRA Funny Car champion when 2012  began. Proven winner Tommy DeLago was back on the wrenches, the same skills that made Hagan one of the best leavers in racing was still in place and Hagan [...]

Stewart Sends Helmet, Message To Kenseth At Bristol
Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 – 8:32 | 6 Comments
Stewart Sends Helmet, Message To Kenseth At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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So, was the throw that Tony Stewart made with his helmet at Matt Kenseth after a wreck at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night a strike? Depends upon where Stewart was aiming, one would have to assume.
For Kenseth, it was not a curve ball, however. He knew it was coming.
“I was [...]