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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.

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At The Risk Of A Beating, It Has To Be Asked
Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 – 8:50 | 2 Comments
At The Risk Of A Beating, It Has To Be Asked

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A final look back at an interesting weekend of racing:
The Question that reporter Bob Pockrass asked Kurt Busch at Dover, the one that ended up getting Busch suspended, was a good question then and a good question again in the wake of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Sonoma.
Did knowing that [...]

Bucolic Often Turns To Barbaric At Sonoma
Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 – 9:10 | Comments Off
Bucolic Often Turns To Barbaric At Sonoma

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Peace and beauty come to mind when people think of the rolling hills of the Northern California wine country. Unless those people are sitting in the driver’s seat of a Sprint Cup car. Then, anger and violence crowd the thoughts and the track.
The annual race at the Sonoma road course, [...]

McMurray, Montoya To Team Up For Indy GRAND-AM Race
Friday, Jun 22, 2012 – 17:49 | Comments Off
McMurray, Montoya To Team Up For Indy GRAND-AM Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray will drive a Chip Ganassi-owned Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this summer.
The announcment was made Friday at the Sonoma, Calif. road course, site of this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race.
Montoya, a former Formula 1 driver, said [...]

Ganassi Team Facing Big Challenge At Big Track
Friday, Jun 22, 2012 – 15:38 | Comments Off
Ganassi Team Facing Big Challenge At Big Track

Scott Pruett let loose with some very nice words about Road America this past week. Words that indicated that the central Wisconsin road circuit is among his very favorite race tracks. But the veteran sports car driver also indicated that he’s not all that confident about racing at Road America this weekend.
Not enough horsepower under [...]

Le Mans Increased The Cool Factor Of Hybrid Tech
Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Le Mans Increased The Cool Factor Of Hybrid Tech

A final look back at the last weekend of racing:
The road to hilarity is paved with failed gadgetry. You know; like that guy on ice skates in the old film clips who straps a rocket to his back and ends up setting his butt on fire.
But in the wake of the lead-up, and then the [...]

‘All-Right Dude’ Puts NASCAR In All-Right Mood
Monday, Jun 18, 2012 – 9:58 | One Comment
‘All-Right Dude’ Puts NASCAR In All-Right Mood

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
To be a sports writer is to be a cynic when it comes to sports heroes. When you get to witness first hand the behavior of top athletes after the television lights go off, after the last  begrudging autograph is signed and the back is turned to the public at-large, [...]

Did Late Practice Fix Or Create Problems At MIS?
Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 – 9:31 | One Comment
Did Late Practice Fix Or Create Problems At MIS?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Scheduling an extra practice Saturday so that Sprint Cup teams could test new, harder tires on Michigan International Speedway’s new, ultra-high speed pavement seemed like a good idea – at the time. However, it proved costly.
The harder left-side tires brought in did slow the cars, but the stress placed on [...]

Audi’s Reign Continues At The 2012 Le Mans 24
Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Audi’s Reign Continues At The 2012 Le Mans 24

By Jim Pedley | Manaing Editor
RacinToday.com
Audi continued its reign at Le Mans on Sunday when its LMP1 cars swept the podium at the 80th running of the famed 24-hour race.
Winning was the No. 1 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro hybrid of Audi Sport Team Joest which was driven by Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer.
It [...]

Vickers Eager To Take A Ride In The Country
Friday, Jun 15, 2012 – 16:33 | Comments Off
Vickers Eager To Take A Ride In The Country

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brian Vickers had a, well, memorable road racing career when he was a Sprint Cup regular. Some of those memories were good, like when he won the pole in Sonoma in 2009. Some, not so good, like at Sonoma last year when he intentionally punted Tony Stewart in a move [...]

Michigan Paves The Way In Big Weekend Of Racing
Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 – 15:33 | Comments Off
Michigan Paves The Way In Big Weekend Of Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The big stories in the big events in pro racing this weekend will be:
Sprint Cup – Another week, another race at a newly paved race track. This week, it’s Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn.
As with Pocono, site of last weekend’s race, Michigan was fast before the repave. With a smoother [...]