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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

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Johnson Won At Indy But Did He Win Indianapolis?
Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 – 10:43 | One Comment
Johnson Won At Indy But Did He Win Indianapolis?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A look final look back at a weekend of bricks and brooms:
Jimmie Johnson got his fourth Brickyard 400 victory on Sunday and quite a bit has made about him joining A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Al Unser Sr., Michael Schumacher and Jeff Gordon as quadruple Indianapolis winners.
Of course, all the “elite [...]

Brickyard Short On Fans, Long On Storylines
Monday, Jul 30, 2012 – 10:15 | 2 Comments
Brickyard Short On Fans, Long On Storylines

Several potentially season-altering storylines came out of Sunday’s Brickyard 400. Storylines that just might still be bouncing around the room when the Sprint Cup Series arrives at Homestead in November.
Storylines such as:
– Kyle Busch having the type of run which the racing world  had come to expect from the guy since he began driving for [...]

Hitting The Bricks Still A Thrill For Cup Drivers
Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 – 8:43 | Comments Off
Hitting The Bricks Still A Thrill For Cup Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There seems to be a building current of thought that the Brickyard 400 has lost its magic and that it’s time to board up Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the summer.
Loudly and definitively, that current of thought has not touched the NASCAR garages. Many competitors in today’s 2012 edition of the [...]