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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.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Down-Sized Pocono Races A Hit With Cup Drivers
Friday, Jun 8, 2012 – 17:03 | One Comment
Down-Sized Pocono Races A Hit With Cup Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Calls for the shortening of Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway have been answered as this year’s events will be 400 miles in length rather than 500. Voices emanating from the garages at Pocono Friday, were very thankful for the change.
“Four hundred miles is still a really long time,” driver [...]

INDYCAR Again Digs Self Into A Dark Hole
Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 – 9:30 | 4 Comments
INDYCAR Again Digs Self Into A Dark Hole

The engines of the cars in this year’s darn-good Indianapolis 500 had barely cooled – well, except for the Lotus engines, which were thoroughly cooled after being black flagged for being, basically, lousy – when talk of an INDYCAR revolt began to surface.
A revolt against the series’ leader, president and CEO Randy Bernard.
It was a [...]

Kurt, Dude, What The Heck Are You Thinking?
Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 – 5:07 | 4 Comments
Kurt, Dude, What The Heck Are You Thinking?

Perhaps the craziest thing about the latest incident involving Kurt Busch is this: It was a great question that the reporter asked. It was an essential question and had Busch answered it, he would be getting ready to head to Pocono today and NASCAR fans would know a lot more about an important subject.
The incident [...]

Johnson Suddenly Shaping Up As A Six-Timer
Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 – 10:09 | One Comment
Johnson Suddenly Shaping Up As A Six-Timer

Given his driving talents, his team’s equipment and, oh yes, the fact that he has been the best driver of his generation – if not of all time – the question that was put to Jimmie Johnson after Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Dover seemed pretty reasonable.
The answer he gave was equally reasonable and equally [...]

Race Day: Drivers Looking For Concrete Results
Sunday, Jun 3, 2012 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Race Day: Drivers Looking For Concrete Results

It’s pretty tough to wring a consensus out of drivers on about any subject. But it seems that most Sprint Cup drivers seem to have nice feelings about Dover International Speedway, site of today’s FedEx 400.
Now, getting them to agree to why they like it is a different story.
Here is what some of those drivers [...]

Truex On NNS Pole
Saturday, Jun 2, 2012 – 10:46 | Comments Off
Truex On NNS Pole

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Ryan Truex won the pole on Saturday morning for Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Truex, who underwent surgery on his appendix last week, posted a lap at 154.746 mph at the Monster Mile.
Second fastest in qualifying for the 5-Hour Energy 200 was Joey Logano. His lap speed was 154.453 mph. Third [...]

Q and A: Truex Hoping To Go From ER To Victory Lane
Friday, Jun 1, 2012 – 17:03 | Comments Off
Q and A: Truex Hoping To Go From ER To Victory Lane

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Ryan Truex will be racing in the Nationwide Series race this weekend a week after having surgery on his appendix.
He answered questions about the situation on Friday at Dover.
DoverHow are you able to race so soon after an appendectomy?
“When I was laying there in the hospital bed, I guess it was last Monday (May 21) [...]

GRAND-AM To Get First Taste Of The Motor City
Friday, Jun 1, 2012 – 9:35 | Comments Off
GRAND-AM To Get First Taste Of The Motor City

Courtesy of the 2012 GRAND-AM Series schedule, Max Angelelli heads straight from Victory Lane into the unknown this weekend. Oh, except for a couple of stops at the video game console along the way.
Next up for all the teams and drivers of the series is the Detroit stop on the schedule: The Chevrolet 200 at [...]

Torrence Shows Small Can Be Successful In NHRA
Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 10:03 | Comments Off
Torrence Shows Small Can Be Successful In NHRA

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was a calm Steve Torrence who settled into a padded-metal chair, leaned back and propped his feet up on another chair in the lounge of his Top Fuel car hauler at Heartland Park Topeka a couple weeks ago. Really calm. Eerily calm.
Certainly, ironically calm considering what he is doing [...]

A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend It Was
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 10:13 | One Comment
A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend It Was

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In no particular order, one person’s list of top racing-related moments from what is one person’s favorite week of racing of the year:
– Pre-race at Indianapolis. There is no debate about which is the biggest, most important and most spectacular auto race in America. It’s Indy and it’s not even [...]