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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

Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 – 6:58 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap at 197.300 mph (27.357 seconds) on Friday and in doing so, looked and sounded very much like a driver capable of winning a championship.
Busch’s lap nipped Jeff Gordon (197.217 mph), who [...]

Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15
Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 – 10:06 | One Comment
Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sam Hornish Jr. has driven for The Captain and The Coach. Next season, he will drive for The King.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has hired veteran Hornish Jr. to take the place of Marcos Ambrose as driver of the No. 9 RPM Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish [...]

Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 – 20:56 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Jimmie Johnson emerged from the infield care center about a quarter of the way through Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, there was nothing wrong with him physically.
Badly beaten and badly bruised, however, were his hopes of winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 – 19:37 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was with a sense of renewed hope that Dale Earnhardt Jr. began Sunday’s opening race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway.
It was with a feeling of missed opportunity that he left Kansas after the Hollywood Casino 400.
Earnhardt – whose [...]

Logano Wins Kansas, Becomes True Contender
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 – 18:14 | Comments Off
Logano Wins Kansas, Becomes True Contender

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joey Logano capitalized, first, on a fast car, and, second, on trouble by others with fast cars Sunday at Kansas Speedway to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race.
The victory was the fifth of the season for Logano but better than that, it guaranteed that he and his Team Penske [...]

Busch Out To Turn Kansas Frown Upside Down
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Busch Out To Turn Kansas Frown Upside Down

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch’s anger after crashing out of the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway a year ago was understandable. The wreck ended hopes of capping an impressive four-victory, eight-podium finish season with his first series championship.
And it was understandable that he blamed not bad luck but [...]

Harvick Continues Kansas Qualifying Tear
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 – 18:38 | Comments Off
Harvick Continues Kansas Qualifying Tear

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kevin Harvick, a driver who at one time could not buy a decent qualifying run, won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
It was his eighth pole of the season and his third in a row at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval.
“For whatever [...]

Kansas Notes: Junior Approaches The Big Four-Oh
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 – 16:16 | Comments Off
Kansas Notes: Junior Approaches The Big Four-Oh

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will turn 40 years old next Friday. This Friday, during a press conference at Kansas Speedway, he was asked about the birthday that many view as the beginning of the end, and of the 16 years he has spent as a Sprint [...]

Kansas City-Area Cup Drivers Want In On The Fun
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 – 14:24 | Comments Off
Kansas City-Area Cup Drivers Want In On The Fun

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Clint Bowyer stands ready and willing to take the baton pass from the Chiefs and Royals in this, the best week in professional sports that this area has experienced in decades.
But able?
Actually, he just might be. When his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota’s are running this fall, [...]

For Stewart, Life And Racing Are The Same Thing
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 – 15:08 | 2 Comments
For Stewart, Life And Racing Are The Same Thing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During a press conference on Monday, Tony Stewart was asked if he had considered retiring as a driver in the days since he was involved in an on-track incident in which 20-year-old competitor Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Stewart’s car.
People who know Stewart even just a little [...]