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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

Busch Eying Speedweeks Trifecta
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 – 10:26 | Comments Off
Busch Eying Speedweeks Trifecta

Clearly, Friday night’s Truck Series victory meant a bunch to Kyle Busch. Because of what he did – add a truck victory at Daytona International Speedway to the list. And, because of how he did it – slipping past Timothy Peters just a couple feet away from the finish line.
But something else became clear after [...]

Furniture Row Intent On Maintaining Top-Tier Status
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 – 20:08 | Comments Off
Furniture Row Intent On Maintaining Top-Tier Status

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch’s fascinating run for a Sprint Cup championship a season ago prompted one of 2013’s biggest bench-racing debates: Was it car or driver? The likely best answer, of course, is both.
But you just have to believe that both the Furniture Row Racing team that built the cars, and [...]

Dillon’s Pole Win Has NASCAR Nation Wondering
Monday, Feb 17, 2014 – 19:49 | 12 Comments
Dillon’s Pole Win Has NASCAR Nation Wondering

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is considerable belief around NACSCAR Nation today that for the second year in a row, the pole position for the Daytona 500 has somehow been gifted to a competitor. That belief is that pole qualifying for the biggest Sprint Cup race of the year is becoming little more than [...]

Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 – 7:35 | 4 Comments
Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin, whose 2013 Sprint Cup season was interrupted for six weeks by a back injury, won Saturday night’s Speedweeks-opening Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin not only won the overall race, but also all three segments of the 75-lap exhibition.
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was clearly the [...]

The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 – 10:13 | Comments Off
The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tradition, it appears, will never be a problem for the race which is now known as the Sprint Unlimited. That’s because the event – a kind of non-points-paying all-star race which kicks off the Sprint Cup season – won’t sit still long enough to establish a true tradition.
Every year, additions [...]

Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 – 20:10 | Comments Off
Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Thursday was Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. The following are some select Qs and As from the day. Some are listed because the questions are, um, interesting. Some because the answers are, um, interesting.
Readers can figure out which are which.

Q to Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing: You have [...]

King Kinser Will Get A Royal Send Off In 2014
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 – 18:34 | Comments Off
King Kinser Will Get A Royal Send Off In 2014

In the mid-1980s, a guy from the advertising department at the newspaper I worked for in Colorado came to my desk and asked if I was going to the local dirt track that weekend. When asked why, ad guy gave a two-word answer: Kinser’s there.
Not the sprint cars or the World of Outlaws or the [...]

The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 – 9:07 | 12 Comments
The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last weekend, Richard Petty had some interesting things to say about Danica Patrick, the current state of racing in NASCAR, and how those two entities connect. None of it was very flattering to Patrick as a race car driver nor NASCAR as racing series driven by actual racing.
After giving it [...]

Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate
Monday, Feb 10, 2014 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate

Jason Line arrived at the 2014 NHRA Winternationals with a built-in excuse should he end the event with a less-than-wonderful result.  The KB Racing Pro Stock driver could simply say he had more important things than drag racing on his mind.
Line, however, opted against excuse making. Instead, he used news that teammate/team leader Greg Anderson [...]

Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The wait for John Force to start acting his age goes on as the 64-year-old drag racer opened defense of his 16th NHRA Funny Car championship with a victory in the Winternationals.
Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history with 139 event victories, beat Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing to [...]