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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

Piquet Jr. Gets First Truck Win
Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 – 15:20 | Comments Off
Piquet Jr. Gets First Truck Win

Nelson Piquet Jr. overcame a spin on lap 56 to move on and win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
The victory was Piquet’s first in the series and came in his 42nd start.
Earlier in the season, the son of the former Formula 1 world champion from Brazil, got [...]

Pickett Team Stays Hot at Road America
Friday, Aug 17, 2012 – 20:20 | Comments Off
Pickett Team Stays Hot at Road America

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Kluas Graf set a qualifying time Friday of 1:50.191 (132.250 mph) to win the pole for the American Le Mans Series’ race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Graf’ shares the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a with Lucas Luhr.
The teams rides a five-race winning streak and share the P1 championship [...]

A Slick Solution To Produce More Racing ‘Classics’
Friday, Aug 17, 2012 – 8:47 | Comments Off
A Slick Solution To Produce More Racing ‘Classics’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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In the wake of the rave reviews of last Sunday’s “epic” finish at Watkins Glen International, the one destined to become an “instant classic” because the final two laps over the 2.45-mile road course were run on a film of ultra-slick synthetic oil, the race which will be “replayed for [...]

Watkins Glen Finish Leaves An Oily Taste In Mouth
Monday, Aug 13, 2012 – 9:33 | 3 Comments
Watkins Glen Finish Leaves An Oily Taste In Mouth

The thickness of the film of oil that is coating the internal moving parts of the engine in your car is measured in ten-thousandths of an inch. It’s just thick enough to prevent metal-on-metal friction and the rapidly destructive effects of the heat that comes with that.
That film of oil is tough to see – [...]

Edwards Hopes To Be Like Jeff At Watkins Glen
Friday, Aug 10, 2012 – 11:52 | Comments Off
Edwards Hopes To Be Like Jeff At Watkins Glen

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jeff Gordon has dedicated his life to providing hope for people who are in obscenely short supply of it. Sick children to hungry seniors.
Last weekend, the four-time Sprint Cup champion provided a bit of hope to a couple his fellow Sprint Cup drivers. Not the kind of life-saving hope that Gordon’s [...]

Time To Ground The Pigs, Launch New Adynations
Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 – 9:18 | 2 Comments
Time To Ground The Pigs, Launch New Adynations

A favorite old adynation is just not cutting it any more. Saying “when pigs fly” to describe something that is extremely unlikely to occur has become tired, worn out. So totally yesterday, if you will.
Updating it to having the pigs flying out of one’s butt extended the life of the saying – certainly made it [...]

Dodge To Withdraw From NASCAR
Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 – 13:40 | Comments Off
Dodge To Withdraw From NASCAR

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During a teleconference with the media held this afternoon, it was announced that Dodge would not participate in NASCAR in 2013.
Making the announcement was Dodge’s Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports.
“It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we hold this conference, Gilles said.
Gilles said the move comes because the [...]

Sadler Wins Iowa NNS Race
Sunday, Aug 5, 2012 – 6:42 | Comments Off
Sadler Wins Iowa NNS Race

Elliott Sadler passed Justin Allgaier with 58 laps remaining and pulled away to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 on Saturday night at the 0.875-mile oval. The win was his fourth this season.
Sadler, who increased the one-point season points lead over Austin Dillon to 18, led 60 laps, after surrendering the lead to [...]

Brown Would Love To Swing Into A Championship
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 – 14:05 | Comments Off
Brown Would Love To Swing Into A Championship

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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With two victories already bagged, and with a third victory and history-making sweep of the NHRA’s legendary Western Swing perhaps just 17 seconds away, Antron Brown was ready for THE question. And his answer was yes.
And no.
Yes, Brown – who, with four round victories on Sunday in the O’Reilly Northwest [...]

NASCAR Hoping To Add Street Value To Cup
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 – 10:49 | One Comment
NASCAR Hoping To Add Street Value To Cup

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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News that the 2013 Sprint Cup cars will more closely resemble street machinery is, well, news. Just news. Neutral news. Certainly not bad news and, in fact, a step in a happy direction. But, it is not great news for those who are waiting for a savior.
Time was, kids, the [...]