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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

Massey Streaks To Provisional Pole In Colorado
Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Massey Streaks To Provisional Pole In Colorado

Points-leader Spencer Massey continued his recent surge in Top Fuel, racing to the provisional qualifying lead Friday at the 33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took provisional top spots in their respective categories at [...]

HANS Hopes New Device Will Save More Drivers’ Lives
Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 – 14:06 | Comments Off
HANS Hopes New Device Will Save More Drivers’ Lives

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Depsite the series of wrecks which took a number of drivers’ lives in recent years, and despite the fact that hardly a weekend goes by during which other high-profile drivers credit their ability to walk away from horrifying wrecks to the effectiveness of head-and-neck restraint systems, large numbers of drivers [...]

Capps Heads West To Re-Fire Some Momentum
Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 – 10:54 | One Comment
Capps Heads West To Re-Fire Some Momentum

This year, Ron Capps has been point man in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in recent racing memory. It’s been a turnaround that has shot him and his NHRA Funny Car team to second place in the standings and has the leader looking back over his shoulder.
But as the NHRA begins its annual Western [...]

The ‘Dinger/Hornish Saga Rolls Into The Bye Week
Monday, Jul 16, 2012 – 17:43 | 2 Comments
The ‘Dinger/Hornish Saga Rolls Into The Bye Week

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
An final look back and some random thoughts from the weekend of racing:
Week 2 of Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 22 Penske Racing Sprint Cup Dodge featured a bit better ending than Week 1.
A week ago, in his first race after replacing AJ Allmendinger – who was suddenly suspended [...]

Pastrana Wins New Hampshire Leg Of GRC
Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Pastrana Wins New Hampshire Leg Of GRC

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Travis Pastrana powered his way to the win in Saturday’s Sylvania SilverStar zXe Global Rallycross Championship event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Pastrana won his heat handily to start third in the 10-car final and then masterfully wheeled his No. 199 Red Bull Rallycross Dodge Dart around GRC championship point leader Tanner Foust on [...]

Champs Hope To Maintain ‘Stewartship’ In Loudon
Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Champs Hope To Maintain ‘Stewartship’ In Loudon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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If recent history means anything – which, in a constantly and rapidly evolving sport like auto racing, it seldom does – then the drivers for Stewart-Haas Racing may be the ones to watch in today’s Lennox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race.
The event is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; the [...]

Swindell Crowned Champ At Kings Royal
Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 – 7:24 | Comments Off

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Sammy Swindell outlasted a late charge from Kerry Madsen to claim the 29th annual Kings Royal – and the $50,000 first-place prize.
The victory was his 20th career at Eldora Speedway and his third career Kings Royal title, which ties him with Jac Haudenschild for second on the all-time list.
“It would have been nice to be [...]

Drug Policy Making Some Drivers A Bit Nervous
Friday, Jul 13, 2012 – 18:19 | One Comment
Drug Policy Making Some Drivers A Bit Nervous

Confused about NASCAR’s drug policy? Unsure of the details? Frustrated and left wondering about the specifics of the AJ Allmendinger suspension? Welcome to the club. A club that apparently includes many of the top drivers in the Sprint Cup Series.
Many of those drivers were asked about the policy and the Allmendinger situation on Friday when the [...]

Times, ‘Tude Changed For Indy-Bound Montoya
Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Times, ‘Tude Changed For Indy-Bound Montoya

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Juan Pablo Montoya never cracked during May of 2000. Not even close. No matter how many times he was asked, no matter how many different ways he was asked, the young Colombian hot shot with the built-in upper-lip sneer could never be lured into producing a gush about being at [...]

Sudden Opening Gives Sudden Sam Another Shot
Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 – 9:11 | Comments Off
Sudden Opening Gives Sudden Sam Another Shot

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s best to let the AJ Allmendinger situation resolve itself before getting too carried away with righteous indignation, scorn or sympathy. But it’s not too early to say this: The hope here is that Sam Hornish Jr. makes the most of the opportunity which has been regrettably made his.
Hornish got [...]