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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

NASCAR Loses Its ‘First Lady’; Betty Jane France Passes Away
Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 – 12:35 | Comments Off on NASCAR Loses Its ‘First Lady’; Betty Jane France Passes Away
NASCAR Loses Its ‘First Lady’; Betty Jane France Passes Away

The NASCAR world went into mourning Tuesday after it was announced that Betty Jane France had passed away on Monday evening.
France was the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy. She was the wife of Bill France Jr., whose father founded NASCAR.
Betty Jane France was widely known […]

IMSA Unveils Platform Plans For 2017 and Beyond
Friday, Aug 5, 2016 – 12:25 | Comments Off on IMSA Unveils Platform Plans For 2017 and Beyond
IMSA Unveils Platform Plans For 2017 and Beyond

IMSA officials revealed platform details for the 2017 season and beyond for the three series it sanctions on Friday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Highlights include the introduction of of new Daytona Prototype International and Le Mans Prototype 2 race cars in the Prototype class next season, and the elimination of the Prototype Challenge […]

Ferrari Hopes Balance Swings Its Way At Elkhart
Thursday, Aug 4, 2016 – 19:34 | Comments Off on Ferrari Hopes Balance Swings Its Way At Elkhart
Ferrari Hopes Balance Swings Its Way At Elkhart

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
July was busy month for those IMSA officials who tinker with Balance of Performance adjustments for cars that run in their sports car series. The folks at Risi Competizione hope busy for IMSA officials translates to better results for Ferrari at Road America this weekend.
The Ferrari team has camped on […]

Earnhardt Jr. Still A No-Go; Gordon To Drive At The Glen and Bristol
Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 – 16:20 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Jr. Still A No-Go; Gordon To Drive At The Glen and Bristol
Earnhardt Jr. Still A No-Go; Gordon To Drive At The Glen and Bristol

Jeff Gordon will be back in the driver’s seat of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend at the Watkins Glen road course as regular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to his Sprint Cup job.
Earnhardt, the team announced, will also miss the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor […]

Rookie Buescher Wins At Fog-Blanketed Pocono
Monday, Aug 1, 2016 – 15:14 | One Comment
Rookie Buescher Wins At Fog-Blanketed Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Chris Buescher, a rookie driving for a back-marker team with the wishful-thinking name of Front Row Motorsports, took advantage of bizarre Pennsylvania weather to win the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Monday afternoon.
Buescher, who won the Xfinity Series championship last year while driving a Roush Fenway […]

Pagenaud Wins Battle of Team Penske at Mid-Ohio
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 – 15:45 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Wins Battle of Team Penske at Mid-Ohio
Pagenaud Wins Battle of Team Penske at Mid-Ohio

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud bumped his way past Team Penske teammate and chief rival for  the 2016 IndyCar Series championship Will Power for second place with 23 laps to go, took the lead when Conor Daly pitted with six laps to go and pulled away for the win at Mid-Ohio on Sunday.
“Whooo,” Pagenaud […]

Pagenaud Sets Record In Mid-Ohio Qualifying
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 – 16:22 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Sets Record In Mid-Ohio Qualifying
Pagenaud Sets Record In Mid-Ohio Qualifying

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud will start Sunday’s race at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course in prime position to increase that points lead.
The Team Penske driver claimed the pole at Mid-Ohio with a lap at 127.271 mph on Saturday. That toppled the track record.
“I didn’t know about that,” the […]

Truex Triangulates In On Pocono Pole
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 – 18:16 | Comments Off on Truex Triangulates In On Pocono Pole
Truex Triangulates In On Pocono Pole

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Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Friday afternoon.
Truex covered the distance in 50.211 seconds, .104 seconds faster than Carl Edwards (178.873 mph), who was second fastest.
Truex got the pole by being especially quick in Turn 2 of the 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway.
“For whatever reason, today—all day […]

Gordon Hoping For Cool Reception At Pocono
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 – 15:37 | Comments Off on Gordon Hoping For Cool Reception At Pocono
Gordon Hoping For Cool Reception At Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon’s good news/bad news moment this weekend comes courtesy of the Accuweather forecasting website. First the bad; rain in the area of Pocono Raceway for much of the weekend. The good; high temperatures in the low to mid 70s over the weekend.
After last weekend’s Turkish bath-like conditions in Indianapolis […]

Two NASCAR Legends Depart Brickyard Together
Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 – 19:48 | One Comment
Two NASCAR Legends Depart Brickyard Together

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Two of the most important figures in NASCAR history spent what was most likely their final moments at automobile racing’s most important track on Sunday and they did it together.
And it felt great for all involved and for all watching.
Tony Stewart finished 11th and Jeff Gordon 13th in the Brickyard […]