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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

NASCAR Will Party On In Las Vegas
Monday, May 7, 2012 – 8:50 | One Comment
NASCAR Will Party On In Las Vegas

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NASCAR announced that the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards – and all Champion’s Week activities – will return to Las Vegas, Nev., and remain there for the next three years.
For the fourth-consecutive season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 30, a culmination of a [...]

Swindell Wins Night 2 At Eldora
Sunday, May 6, 2012 – 9:11 | Comments Off

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Sammy Swindell led all 30 laps to claim Night 2 of the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear at Eldora Speedway.
The victory marked the fifth consecutive race that the championship standings have swapped between him and Donny Schatz.
“If you’re looking at the points, we could have a big lead if we just hadn’t gotten in a [...]

Is This The Day And Place For Junior Achievement?
Sunday, May 6, 2012 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Is This The Day And Place For Junior Achievement?

Be it because of circumstances, or gut feelings or the cosmic vibes created by the “super moon”, there is a feeling going around that this could be the day that Dale Earnhardt  Jr. busts out of his long, long victory drought.
It’s a drought that has been going on now for almost four years. It’s a [...]

Alabama Heat Is Causing A Rash Of Concerns
Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Alabama Heat Is Causing A Rash Of Concerns

The heat is on and that likely means tandems are off for the Sprint Cup cars at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.
Or, perhaps not.
Summer does not officially begin for another month. But with high temperatures approaching 90 degrees in north central Alabama this weekend, NASCAR drivers and teams are having to deal with the effects of [...]

Kemenah Wins At Eldora
Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 7:44 | Comments Off

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Ohio native Chad Kemenah got his first World of Outlaws victory since 2009 Friday when he won Night 1 of the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear.
“We got lucky there,” he said after an emotional appearance in Victory Lane. “You don’t want to win like that, but we’ve given some away so I’m not complaining. A [...]

Bell To Make Indy Run For Schmidt Pelfrey
Friday, May 4, 2012 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Bell To Make Indy Run For Schmidt Pelfrey

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Townsend Bell will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in a car prepared by the team owned by former driver Sam Schmidt. In 2012, Bell will drive the No. 99 BraunAbility/Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports Dallara/Honda/Firestone car.
Bell will be a teammate to Frenchman Simon Pagenaud who drives the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car [...]

Busch Brothers Do The Unthinkable At Richmond
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – 7:08 | One Comment
Busch Brothers Do The Unthinkable At Richmond

A wild finish, the right words, some genuine emotions and just like that the Busch brothers were not only removed from racedom’s most-hated list, but actually placed on the wonderfully sympathetic list. How long they stay on the WSL is, of course, another question.
Because while Americans can get quite sappy over things like puppies, babies with [...]

British ‘Reserve’ To Meet NASCAR Car Culture
Monday, Apr 30, 2012 – 10:41 | Comments Off
British ‘Reserve’ To Meet NASCAR Car Culture

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The television show “Top Gear” is crude, condescending, intellectually dishonest, contradictory, pretentious and self-important. Its three hosts are churlish, arrogant and bellicose. “Top Gear” is also – in spite of, and, undoubtedly because of all of the above – extremely entertaining.
In fact, it may be the best show on television [...]

Angelelli And Taylor Beat Rain And Field In Homestead
Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 – 16:33 | Comments Off
Angelelli And Taylor Beat Rain And Field In Homestead

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Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli returned to Victory Lane in the Grand Prix of Miami on Sunday. The two co-drove their SunTrust/Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype car to victory for the first time in the Rolex GRAND-AM Sports Car Racing in 2012 and they did it in the rain.
In the GT [...]

Swindell Adds To Knoxville Resume
Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 – 8:34 | Comments Off

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Sammy Swindell passed Brian Brown for the lead on lap 15 and cruised to his 15th career World of Outlaws victory and 48th overall at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa Saturday.
The win was his third of the season and allowed Swindell to regain the points lead, which has been swapped seven times this season. Swindell holds a [...]