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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

U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question
Friday, Aug 31, 2012 – 10:46 | Comments Off
U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The NHRA is unique in a number of ways. One of those ways goes on display this weekend and it’s tough to decide whether that way is good unique or bad unique.
The U.S. Nationals are drag racing’s big event. It’s the sport’s Daytona 500, it’s Indianapolis 500. In several senses, [...]

Goodyear Gives Kansas Repave A Thumbs Up
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Goodyear Gives Kansas Repave A Thumbs Up

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Although he says he slept well on Monday night, Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren looked and sounded relieved after Tuesday’s first day of a two-day Goodyear tire test at his newly repaved 1.5-mile tri-oval.
That’s to be expected as the Kansas project has been one of the most scrutinized repaves in NASCAR during [...]

The Kenseth-Stewart Feud Has Petered Out
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 – 19:53 | Comments Off
The Kenseth-Stewart Feud Has Petered Out

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sprint Cup’s hottest feud is over after all of three days as both Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart said Tuesday that it’s time to get back to racing for the 2012 series championship.
Kenseth said it after a tire test at Kansas Speedway on Tuesday afternoon and [...]

Matt Hagan Facing Big Pressure At The Big Go
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 – 13:13 | Comments Off
Matt Hagan Facing Big Pressure At The Big Go

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Talk about things being in place for a big year. Matt Hagan was the defending NHRA Funny Car champion when 2012  began. Proven winner Tommy DeLago was back on the wrenches, the same skills that made Hagan one of the best leavers in racing was still in place and Hagan [...]

Stewart Sends Helmet, Message To Kenseth At Bristol
Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 – 8:32 | 6 Comments
Stewart Sends Helmet, Message To Kenseth At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
So, was the throw that Tony Stewart made with his helmet at Matt Kenseth after a wreck at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night a strike? Depends upon where Stewart was aiming, one would have to assume.
For Kenseth, it was not a curve ball, however. He knew it was coming.
“I was [...]

The Stories Just Keep Getting More Awesome
Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 – 9:13 | Comments Off
The Stories Just Keep Getting More Awesome

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
What a week for racing wags, eh? Torn between two stories. Danica runs over a shoe or Jeff Gordon gets mad at Dale Earnhardt Jr. Where to start?
Probably with the end of Hendrick Motorsports as we know it.
It started when Earnhardt dropped low on the track during a restart and [...]

Tension Rises As Racing Seasons Shorten
Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 – 9:16 | Comments Off
Tension Rises As Racing Seasons Shorten

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s been a busy weekend in auto racing with about every series except IndyCar on the tracks. Today, however, it’s just Sprint Cup and the NHRA running for points.
But an important day it is as the playoffs for both series are almost at hand.
Some things to keep an eye on [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]