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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

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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Hornish To Be Back In ‘Dinger’s Car At Loudon
Monday, Jul 9, 2012 – 8:18 | Comments Off
Hornish To Be Back In ‘Dinger’s Car At Loudon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sam Hornish Sr. will be back in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge Sprint Cup car this coming weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the team announced Monday.
Hornish will again be substituting for AJ Allmendinger, who has been suspended by NASCAR for failing a drug test.
A statement released by the [...]

Stressed Engines Put Stress On IndyCar Drivers
Sunday, Jul 8, 2012 – 8:20 | Comments Off
Stressed Engines Put Stress On IndyCar Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This has been a season of high-profile firsts for the IZOD IndyCar Series. Almost a complete rebirthing season in terms of people, places and things. And while some of the newly launched nouns have to be considered success stories, there have been some that have caused rebirthing issues.
One thing that [...]

Drivers Favor Keeping It Real At NASCAR Tracks
Friday, Jul 6, 2012 – 8:24 | Comments Off
Drivers Favor Keeping It Real At NASCAR Tracks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Reaction to a suggestion by race-track owner Bruton Smith to insert mandatory cautions into Sprint Cup races drew an assortment of reactions from drivers this week. Reactions that ranged from humorous to highly personal.
Included was a statement by NASCAR president Mike Helton that mandatory stops to spice action would never [...]

It’s A Shame That The Firecracker Has Fizzled Out
Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012 – 11:59 | 2 Comments
It’s A Shame That The Firecracker Has Fizzled Out

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
What’s in a name? Well, plenty for some of us who follow auto racing. Which is why this coming weekend’s Sprint Cup race contains a hint of bitterness that will ever so slightly taint the event no matter how exciting it turns out to be.
The race scheduled for Saturday at [...]

The First NASCAR Playoff Card Has Been Dealt
Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 – 8:40 | One Comment
The First NASCAR Playoff Card Has Been Dealt

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A final look back at a big weekend of racing:
– The stretch drive in the Chase for the Chase began Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway and it produced what I think most would agree is a slam dunk entrant to the playoffs. The first slam dunk entrant.
Brad Keselowski’s victory at [...]

Hot Stuff In Store For Teams, Drivers, Fans
Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 – 12:28 | Comments Off
Hot Stuff In Store For Teams, Drivers, Fans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
One of these years, Sprint Cup racing at Kentucky will be about engines and horsepower and going fast and strategy. Just not this year.
This year, a year after the traffic and parking lots were the big story at Kentucky Speedway, heat has become the big topic. Heat that is expected [...]

Yet Another Big Weekend For Peepers
Friday, Jun 29, 2012 – 10:04 | Comments Off
Yet Another Big Weekend For Peepers

Another big weekend for auto racing. Here are some of the people, places and things that will be cool to scrutinize:
– The traffic situation at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday.
The guess here is that about 100,000 of us will be watching it more carefully than others. Remember the scene last year before, during and after the [...]