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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

This Formula 1 Invasion Should Be More Pleasant
Friday, Mar 9, 2012 – 16:09 | One Comment
This Formula 1 Invasion Should Be More Pleasant

Some quick, random early season thoughts:
The storm warnings were out for the media during the months leading up to the return of Formula 1 racing to the United States in 2000. Do not, the old F1 hands were telling their newbie-to-the-series American peers who would cover the race in Indianapolis, expect much from the foreign [...]

MWR Adds Vickers
Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 – 20:56 | One Comment
MWR Adds Vickers

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Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that Brian Vickers will drive the team’s No. 55 Toyota Camry in six NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2012 beginning at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 18.
Vickers will also race the No. 55 at the August Bristol event as well as each of the two races at Martinsville Speedway and [...]

Past Teammates On Andretti Drivers’ Minds
Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 – 12:56 | One Comment
Past Teammates On Andretti Drivers’ Minds

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The revamped Andretti Autosport team assembled in St. Petersburg, Fla. this week to take part in Wednesday’s pre-season media day. The way it sounded, one former teammate will not be missed all that much this season while another will never be forgotten; ever.
The former is Danica Patrick, who has decided [...]

Top Fueler Lucas Ready ‘To Scare People’
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 – 19:04 | Comments Off
Top Fueler Lucas Ready ‘To Scare People’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The fun parts have always been there for Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas. The speed, the competition, the atmosphere. However, there have also been the not-so-much-fun parts. The parts which came with unpredictable performance.
The 2012 NHRA season is only two events into its 23-race schedule, but it appears that Lucas [...]

Grubb Turns Page; Hamlin and JGR Around
Monday, Mar 5, 2012 – 10:22 | Comments Off
Grubb Turns Page; Hamlin and JGR Around

It was cool watching Tony Stewart’s late-season, history-making tear through the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship last year. But it was also kind of unsettling. At times, kind of creepy, almost. And those times were when thoughts and attention turned to lame-duck crew chief Darian Grubb.
Because right there in front of us was a [...]

PIR Features Sort Of, Kind Of, Normal Racing
Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 – 10:28 | Comments Off
PIR Features Sort Of, Kind Of, Normal Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
With the rock-concert atmosphere and artificial racing of Speedweeks put to bed for one more year, it’s time to get snap back into a reality mode.
Kind of.
Today’s race, the Subway Fresh Fit 500, is at Phoenix International Raceway. A tricky, 1-mile oval with a goofy dog leg which begs to [...]

Penske Move To Ford Was Step Toward Title
Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 – 19:09 | One Comment
Penske Move To Ford Was Step Toward Title

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A lot of people have been of the opinion that recent developments at Penske Racing had showed that the team and car-maker Dodge were on the right track in their pursuit of a Sprint Cup championship.
Some said that driver Brad Keselowski’s quick rise to the status of contender, and the [...]

Penske Moving From Dodges To Fords
Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 – 10:55 | One Comment
Penske Moving From Dodges To Fords

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s Penske Racing will switch from racing Dodges to Fords beginning with the 2013 season, Ford Racing and team owner Roger Penske announced today.
The main reason, team owner Roger Penske said during a teleconference on Thursday afternoon, was simple: To help his team’s quest to win a Sprint Cup championship. [...]

Matt Kenseth Wins One Bizarre Daytona 500
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 – 1:00 | Comments Off
Matt Kenseth Wins One Bizarre Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth survived floods, fire, a broken two-way radio and a green/white checkered restart to emerge victorious in the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Monday night/Tuesday morning at Daytona International Speedway.
Kenseth, who led 50 of the 202 laps, became a two-time 500 winner with the result.
“It feels good,” he said. “We had a [...]

Montoya, Dryer Driver OK After Explosion
Monday, Feb 27, 2012 – 23:29 | Comments Off
Montoya, Dryer Driver OK After Explosion

Juan Pablo Montoya has acquired a bit of a reputation as a driver who runs into things on a race track. On Monday night, he broke new ground when, under caution, he slammed into a jet dryer which was cleaning the track during the Daytona 500.
The jet dryer exploded in flames and the ensuing fire [...]