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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.

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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 [...]

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 [...]