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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

Allmendinger Wins The Glen, Likely Chase Berth
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 – 16:47 | Comments Off
Allmendinger Wins The Glen, Likely Chase Berth

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Two of NASCAR’s best road course wheelmen duked it out for both the race victory and a berth in the Chase over the final laps of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at the Watkins Glen International road course.
When the checkered flag finally fell, putting an end to the race and gripping [...]

Wreck Stops Race, Spurs Calls For Changes
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 – 15:11 | Comments Off
Wreck Stops Race, Spurs Calls For Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A scary wreck just after the mid-point of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International brought out loud and sometimes angry calls for improved safety measures at the aging New York road course.
The wreck occurred on Lap 55 of the 90-lap event.
As the field came out of the [...]

IMSA Releases 2015 Tudor Schedule
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 – 12:02 | Comments Off
IMSA Releases 2015 Tudor Schedule

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IMSA today announced a 12-event calendar for the 2015 Tudor United SportsCar Championship season on Sunday.
Each of the four TUDOR Championship classes will compete in 10 races.
The schedule includes the addition at the historic Lime Rock Park. The race at the Lakeville, Conn. circuit will be held on Saturday, July 25.
The season opens with the [...]

Road Racers Become Chase Relevant
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 – 19:51 | Comments Off
Road Racers Become Chase Relevant

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In pre-constant-tinkering NASCAR, road racing aces like Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger would be fading into the real of insignificance at this time of the year.
This year? Thanks to the latest round of rule hammering, one of them could come out of this weekend with a Chase berth.
That’s because this [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Gets Third Win Of The Season
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 – 15:28 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Gets Third Win Of The Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This is the kind of season which many had predicted for Dale Earnhardt Jr. after he joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.
On Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Earnhardt won his third Sprint Cup race of the season. The victory gave him 10 top-five finishes in 21 2014 starts and it moved him [...]

Larson In Spotlight At Tough Old Pocono
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 – 9:32 | Comments Off
Larson In Spotlight At Tough Old Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Bad luck visits the best and the least of race car drivers. What makes the greats great is how they deal with the bad luck and how quickly they do their job to separate themselves from it.
In Kyle Larson’s case, dealing with patches of bad luck during this, his rookie [...]

The Brickyard Hasn’t Changed; Racing Culture Has
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 – 8:27 | 4 Comments
The Brickyard Hasn’t Changed; Racing Culture Has

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was 1972 and my college roommate Frank and I were at Road America for a Can-Am race. We were walking the paddocks  when he stopped and took a deep breath. Man, he said, love the smell of that Castrol. Frank was/is a road racing purist and what he did [...]

The Future Is Closing In On Jack Roush’s Team
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – 9:36 | 3 Comments
The Future Is Closing In On Jack Roush’s Team

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Earlier this year, during a break in on-track action at Kansas Speedway, an old friend and former Roush Fenway Racing insider stopped by to bench race. Naturally the conversation turned to the former employer and when it did, the conversation turned kind of dismal.
When asked about the long-term future of [...]

Gordon Wins His Fifth Brickyard 400
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 – 15:02 | Comments Off
Gordon Wins His Fifth Brickyard 400

The first winner of the Brickyard 400 became the Sprint Cup race’s latest winner when Jeff Gordon pulled away over the final 17 laps to collect one of most coveted trophies the series offers.
Gordon’s victory was his fifth in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway event ,with his first coming 21 years ago in the 1994 debut [...]

Dalziel Puts HPD On Pole At Indy
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Dalziel Puts HPD On Pole At Indy

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Ryan Dalziel on Thursday drove the Extreme Speed Motorsports No. 1 Patron HPD ARX-03b Prototype to the pole for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dalziel, who won the pole with a best lap of 1:17.603, will share Brickyard Grand Prix driving duties on Friday with 2001 Indianapolis 500 [...]