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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

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 [...]

Red Horse Cuts Team
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 – 10:37 | Comments Off
Red Horse Cuts Team

Red Horse Racing announced today that it will suspend operations of the No. 7 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team driven by rookie of the year contender, John King, effective immediately.
Due to lack of sponsorship funding, the No. 7 will be cutting back its program until further notice.
The organization will continue to operate the No. [...]

It’s Early But It’s Also Go Time For Jeff Gordon
Sunday, May 27, 2012 – 14:56 | Comments Off
It’s Early But It’s Also Go Time For Jeff Gordon

CONCORD, N.C. – Unless something miraculous happens, the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship will come and go without Jeff Gordon. And NASCAR has banned miracles.
Perhaps the reality has set in, perhaps Gordon is an Olivier-caliber actor or perhaps he has new golf clubs and is looking forward to using them.  It could even [...]

Pole At 600 Is A Biggie For King And His Subjects
Saturday, May 26, 2012 – 8:41 | One Comment
Pole At 600 Is A Biggie For King And His Subjects

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Three years ago, after learning he had been elected to the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Richard Petty was happy but also humble and reflective. Thursday night, after his cars and drivers won the front row for Sunday’s crown jewel Coca-Cola 600, The King [...]

Gronholm Thinks Rallys Could Be American Hit
Friday, May 25, 2012 – 16:04 | Comments Off
Gronholm Thinks Rallys Could Be American Hit

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Marcus Gronholm has figured out how to keep 2,600-pound, 325-horsepower cars from sailing off of claustrophobic forested roads and from drifting off of gravel mountain switchbacks, but he’s having a tough time understanding American racing fans.
Gronholm, a former FIA World Rally Championship superstar, just drops his head [...]

Coca-Cola 600 Will Start With All-Petty Front Row
Thursday, May 24, 2012 – 19:26 | Comments Off
Coca-Cola 600 Will Start With All-Petty Front Row

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola ripped off a stunning qualifying lap to win the pole Thursday for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The pole, which came after he logged a lap at 192.940 mph, was the first of the Richard Petty Motorsports driver’s Sprint Cup career. It [...]

Pastrana’s Drive For Pride Not Going Well
Thursday, May 24, 2012 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Pastrana’s Drive For Pride Not Going Well

CONCORD, N.C. – By most measures, Travis Pastrana’s entry into NASCAR’s Nationwide Series has been pretty positive. But by one measure – how much crap he’s taken from his friends – that entry has been a bit of a bummer.
The crap the action sports star has been issued has come courtesy of his X-Games peers and [...]

Another Hall Of Fame Voting Day To Remember
Thursday, May 24, 2012 – 14:01 | One Comment
Another Hall Of Fame Voting Day To Remember

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Zeroing in on criteria is the most difficult part when considering candidates for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s not that the criteria is nebulous, ill-defined. It’s that their really are none; except in the hearts in heads of each of the individual voters.
It was quite obvious [...]