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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

Tasca Thinks Things Are Now Lined Up Perfectly
Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 – 14:25 | Comments Off
Tasca Thinks Things Are Now Lined Up Perfectly

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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After going three entire events without being able to collect an elinination-round victory, Bob Tasca III was very aware that something was askew on his NHRA Funny Car team. Not blow it up and start all over again askew. Just a little something missing kind of askew.
Tasca, a Mustang driver, [...]

NASCAR Unveils List Of Hall Of Fame Candidates
Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 – 7:19 | One Comment
NASCAR Unveils List Of Hall Of Fame Candidates

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR announced the 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fourth induction class, and included among the diverse group are five newcomers.
Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year’s group. Five are first-timers, and all vary in expertise:
NASCAR’s first treasurer and secretary Anne Bledsoe France, engine builder and [...]

Jim Hall Blew ‘Em Away In Paddocks, On Tracks
Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 – 12:57 | 4 Comments
Jim Hall Blew ‘Em Away In Paddocks, On Tracks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jim Hall remembers the first time he saw “the look”. The one on the faces of fellow road racing competitors and race officials when he would first roll out a race car that was so thoroughly innovative that it would obviate just about everything else in the paddocks.
“The first time [...]

The Best Place To Attend A Race This Week Is…
Monday, Apr 9, 2012 – 12:08 | 2 Comments
The Best Place To Attend A Race This Week Is…

The week-long racing drought is about to succumb to a deluge of high profile events.  Fenders, no fenders, lots of turns, no turns. Almost everybody who races for a big paycheck is in action this coning weekend and that’s terrific.
Assuming our current understanding of physics is correct in that nobody can be in two places [...]

Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think
Sunday, Apr 8, 2012 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Notes for a weekend without racing:
It’s true: Ryan Newman got the victory in last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville only because a wreck during the green/white/checkered restart took out the three drivers who most “deserved” to win.
But to define the Martinsville race – and Newman’s team – with such [...]

‘Butzi’ Dies, But Lives On
Friday, Apr 6, 2012 – 10:38 | One Comment
‘Butzi’ Dies, But Lives On

Somehow, we crammed four of us into the friend of a friend’s Porsche 911 as college students back in the early 1970s.
I remember being so contorted that I couldn’t see much through the back “seat” windows of that sparkling white 911, and could, basically, hear very little other than the flat-six boxing away just inches [...]

Clauson Flexible Enough To Survive Twists Of Fate
Friday, Apr 6, 2012 – 7:40 | One Comment
Clauson Flexible Enough To Survive Twists Of Fate

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As far a dreams and aspirations go, Bryan Clauson’s were pretty general. “I just wanted to race for a living,” he says. After that, all options would be considered.
Which is good. Because in these times of an economy in tatters and of automobile racing in a state of flux, all [...]

Kansas Offering Free Admission
Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 – 9:15 | Comments Off

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Kansas Speedway is offering fans free admission to the grandstands on Friday, April 20 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices. In lieu of admission, Kansas Speedway is requesting fans make an on-site donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“This is a great opportunity for our fans to come see [...]

New Michigan Surface To Produce New Problems?
Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 – 17:34 | Comments Off
New Michigan Surface To Produce New Problems?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Stepping into NASCAR’s repavement-controversy spotlight this week is Michigan International Speedway. The track, which just got a fresh coating of asphalt, enters the spotlight thanks to comments Matt Kenseth issued after testing Wednesday.
Kenseth got out of his car and said he had just gone more than 215 mph in the [...]

Nobile Shakes Early-Season Woes At Las Vegas
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 – 13:04 | Comments Off
Nobile Shakes Early-Season Woes At Las Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Driver Vincent Nobile and his Mountain View Racing Pro Stock team was not just one of the best feel-good stories in the NHRA last season, they were one of the best in all of racing.
Over the weekend, the team and driver took major steps toward showing that their wonderful [...]