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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

Castroneves Stays Hot, Wins Barber Pole
Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 – 13:00 | Comments Off
Castroneves Stays Hot, Wins Barber Pole

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Helio Castroneves followed up his victory in the season-opening IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg, Fla. last weekend with a pole victory Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
The Team Penske driver covered the 2.3-mile road course at an average speed of 117.485 mph in his Chevrolet-powered Dallara.
James Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 27 Team GoDaddy.com [...]

It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions
Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 – 10:14 | One Comment
It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The five-week mark is kind of, sort of a significant point in the Sprint Cup season. It is the cutoff point for those using the previous year’s owner points to get free entry into race fields. And it does mark a point where the teams have competed on every kind [...]

The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys
Friday, Mar 30, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hey, I’m just sayin’…
The fans who hate the new Bristol Motor Speedway got what they wanted as owner O.Bruton Smith announced he will attempt to change the high-banked short track back to its former self.
The interesting aspect will be the thing about the dog chasing the Mack truck: Now that [...]

Langdon Now Has His ‘Pinch-Me’ Top Fuel Ride
Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 – 10:07 | Comments Off
Langdon Now Has His ‘Pinch-Me’ Top Fuel Ride

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last fall, Shawn Langdon had heard the talk about Del Worsham’s possible retirement and it was affecting his sleep patterns: The thought of a Top Fuel job opening up at powerhouse Al-Anabi Racing was making sleep difficult to come by for the 29-year old Californian.
“You’re just lying there thinking, ‘Man, [...]

New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 – 11:27 | Comments Off
New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There was nothing subtle about the changes introduced by the IndyCar Series this year. Just about everything was knew, in fact; engines, cars, drivers, teams, rules, officials. All put into play with limited off-season testing time.
Last weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., all of the new stuff hit the track, er, [...]

Stewart Makes Right Moves As Driver And Owner
Monday, Mar 26, 2012 – 11:06 | Comments Off
Stewart Makes Right Moves As Driver And Owner

The driving thing? That’s been Tony Stewart’s hook during his racing career. That ability to wheel USAC, Indy and stock cars along side the very best who’ve ever been. It’s won him championships, it’s won him headlines.
But what’s now grabbing attention, and what may ultimately define Stewart’s life in racing, are his management skills. Because [...]

Race Day: It Should Be A Groovy Day In SoCal
Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Race Day: It Should Be A Groovy Day In SoCal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If you don’t like the racing at the reconfigured Bristol Motor Speedway, there is a chance you won’t like today’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.
The two tracks are about as different as they come: Bristol is a short track with high banks and Auto Club [...]

IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues
Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 – 11:34 | Comments Off
IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The history of INDYCAR is the history of a quest; a quest for solid ground.
For the 2012 season, which begins this weekend with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, INDYCAR is rolling out a large box of changes which the series and its supporters hope will mark a big [...]

Pedley: Keselowski May Be Carrying The Flag For NASCAR
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 – 14:33 | 8 Comments
Pedley: Keselowski May Be Carrying The Flag For NASCAR

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The local television and newspaper folks had long since left the building. Video crews were coiling up their cables and talking to each other about their next assignments. The “Winner’s Circle” appearance was over and done and construction workers who are putting the finishing touches on [...]

So, What Exactly Just Happened Here?
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 – 18:37 | 9 Comments
So, What Exactly Just Happened Here?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Suddenly, with the release of a really, really vague statement by stock-car racing’s chief appellate officer, the No. 48 team of Hendrick Motorsports moved from starring role to bit player in the young 2012 season’s biggest controversy.
Taking the team’s place at ground zero of the controversy are the egg-faced trinity [...]