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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

McMurry Set To Be Youngest Gun Ever At Le Mans
Friday, Jun 13, 2014 – 8:52 | Comments Off
McMurry Set To Be Youngest Gun Ever At Le Mans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Matt McMurry didn’t need to take even a small breath when asked if there have been any other people close to his age who have driven in the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Not content to give a yes or no answer, 15-year-old McMurry [...]

Kansas Sports Car Event A Winner Against All Odds
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 – 12:59 | Comments Off
Kansas Sports Car Event A Winner Against All Odds

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Usually, sports writers ask the questions. Over the weekend at Kansas Speedway, things shifted. It was the competitors asking the questions of a reporter and they wanted to know the same thing: What are we doing here?
At the end of the day , the answer was: [...]

Braun Mashes Field At Kansas
Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 – 1:00 | Comments Off
Braun Mashes Field At Kansas

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A couple of days before Saturday’s Tudor United SportsCar Series’ Kansas Grand Prix, driver Colin Braun was asked about his strategy for the unique/bizarre two-segment format the event featured. Mash the gas and go, Braun said.
Braun executed that strategy with slick precision on race night. The Core [...]

Rayhall Says 8Star Ready To Make Its Move
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 – 1:14 | Comments Off
Rayhall Says 8Star Ready To Make Its Move

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sean Rayhall stood in front of television cameras after his last outing in Prototype Challenge race smiling and talking about positive things. But underneath the smile were teeth biting a tongue.
Yes Rayhall led the race, yes he had a fast car under him and yes a victory [...]

Cumming Gives RSR Another Tudor Pole
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 – 1:08 | Comments Off
Cumming Gives RSR Another Tudor Pole

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Chris Cumming won his first Tudor United SportsCar Series Championship pole Friday night when he had fast lap during qualifying for Sunday’s Kansas Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway’s infield road course.
Cumming, driving the No. 08 entry of RSR Racing, had a fast lap around the 6-turn, 2.37-mile [...]

TUDOR Rolls Into Kansas With Brand New Format
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 17:20 | Comments Off
TUDOR Rolls Into Kansas With Brand New Format

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – So much will be new and unique in Saturday night’s Grand Prix of Kansas that competitors could probably leave the notebooks back at their shops and instead just bring a 3-by-5 note card or two with them to Kansas Speedway this weekend.
In fact, so much about the [...]

Gentilozzi And Family Have Settled Into Their PC Home
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 8:44 | One Comment
Gentilozzi And Family Have Settled Into Their PC Home

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The hauler which serves as the at-track office for his race team is smaller than they were for Paul Gentilozzi back in the day. The team is smaller. The budgets are definitely smaller and, quite frankly, the stage on which Gentilozzi and his RSR Racing team performs is much smaller.
What hasn’t [...]

Johnson Wins Dover For Second Straight Victory
Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 – 16:15 | Comments Off
Johnson Wins Dover For Second Straight Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson arrived in Charlotte, N.C. in mid-May for the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 with people asking him when he was going to win a race this year. Johnson left Dover, Del. on Sunday with people wondering when he would next lose a race.
Johnson dominated large portions [...]

The 600 Is A Big Race In More Ways Than Just One
Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 13:39 | Comments Off
The 600 Is A Big Race In More Ways Than Just One

CONCORD, N.C. – In a way, the first-ever Memorial Day weekend 600-mile NASCAR race got off to a shotgun start back in 1960 as heavily-armed Charlotte Motor Speedway founders Bruton Smith, Curtis Turner, Turner’s brother Darnell and driver Bob Welborn confronted an obstinate contractor and his crew to persuade them to stop delaying the track [...]

KO Qualifying Snafus Cost Top Contenders Big At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, May 23, 2014 – 12:02 | Comments Off
KO Qualifying Snafus Cost Top Contenders Big At Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. – Guess some teams still have some minor tweaking to do in their approaches to the new Knockout Qualifying thing. In the case of the teams of Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth, maybe some major tweaks.
Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing team and Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing team both advanced into the third and final round [...]