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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

Race Day: Drivers Looking For Concrete Results
Sunday, Jun 3, 2012 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Race Day: Drivers Looking For Concrete Results

It’s pretty tough to wring a consensus out of drivers on about any subject. But it seems that most Sprint Cup drivers seem to have nice feelings about Dover International Speedway, site of today’s FedEx 400.
Now, getting them to agree to why they like it is a different story.
Here is what some of those drivers [...]

Truex On NNS Pole
Saturday, Jun 2, 2012 – 10:46 | Comments Off
Truex On NNS Pole

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Ryan Truex won the pole on Saturday morning for Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Truex, who underwent surgery on his appendix last week, posted a lap at 154.746 mph at the Monster Mile.
Second fastest in qualifying for the 5-Hour Energy 200 was Joey Logano. His lap speed was 154.453 mph. Third [...]

Q and A: Truex Hoping To Go From ER To Victory Lane
Friday, Jun 1, 2012 – 17:03 | Comments Off
Q and A: Truex Hoping To Go From ER To Victory Lane

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Ryan Truex will be racing in the Nationwide Series race this weekend a week after having surgery on his appendix.
He answered questions about the situation on Friday at Dover.
DoverHow are you able to race so soon after an appendectomy?
“When I was laying there in the hospital bed, I guess it was last Monday (May 21) [...]

GRAND-AM To Get First Taste Of The Motor City
Friday, Jun 1, 2012 – 9:35 | Comments Off
GRAND-AM To Get First Taste Of The Motor City

Courtesy of the 2012 GRAND-AM Series schedule, Max Angelelli heads straight from Victory Lane into the unknown this weekend. Oh, except for a couple of stops at the video game console along the way.
Next up for all the teams and drivers of the series is the Detroit stop on the schedule: The Chevrolet 200 at [...]

Torrence Shows Small Can Be Successful In NHRA
Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 10:03 | Comments Off
Torrence Shows Small Can Be Successful In NHRA

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It was a calm Steve Torrence who settled into a padded-metal chair, leaned back and propped his feet up on another chair in the lounge of his Top Fuel car hauler at Heartland Park Topeka a couple weeks ago. Really calm. Eerily calm.
Certainly, ironically calm considering what he is doing [...]

A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend It Was
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 10:13 | One Comment
A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend It Was

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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In no particular order, one person’s list of top racing-related moments from what is one person’s favorite week of racing of the year:
– Pre-race at Indianapolis. There is no debate about which is the biggest, most important and most spectacular auto race in America. It’s Indy and it’s not even [...]

Red Horse Cuts Team
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 – 10:37 | Comments Off
Red Horse Cuts Team

Red Horse Racing announced today that it will suspend operations of the No. 7 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team driven by rookie of the year contender, John King, effective immediately.
Due to lack of sponsorship funding, the No. 7 will be cutting back its program until further notice.
The organization will continue to operate the No. [...]

It’s Early But It’s Also Go Time For Jeff Gordon
Sunday, May 27, 2012 – 14:56 | Comments Off
It’s Early But It’s Also Go Time For Jeff Gordon

CONCORD, N.C. – Unless something miraculous happens, the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship will come and go without Jeff Gordon. And NASCAR has banned miracles.
Perhaps the reality has set in, perhaps Gordon is an Olivier-caliber actor or perhaps he has new golf clubs and is looking forward to using them.  It could even [...]

Pole At 600 Is A Biggie For King And His Subjects
Saturday, May 26, 2012 – 8:41 | One Comment
Pole At 600 Is A Biggie For King And His Subjects

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Three years ago, after learning he had been elected to the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Richard Petty was happy but also humble and reflective. Thursday night, after his cars and drivers won the front row for Sunday’s crown jewel Coca-Cola 600, The King [...]

Gronholm Thinks Rallys Could Be American Hit
Friday, May 25, 2012 – 16:04 | Comments Off
Gronholm Thinks Rallys Could Be American Hit

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Marcus Gronholm has figured out how to keep 2,600-pound, 325-horsepower cars from sailing off of claustrophobic forested roads and from drifting off of gravel mountain switchbacks, but he’s having a tough time understanding American racing fans.
Gronholm, a former FIA World Rally Championship superstar, just drops his head [...]