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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

All-Star Moments: No. 5 – ‘The Tide Slide’
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – 9:31 | Comments Off
All-Star Moments: No. 5 – ‘The Tide Slide’

It’s NASCAR All-Star Race week. It’s a week that culminates in a race which, despite the fact – or maybe because of the fact – that it pays no points, has produced some of the Sprint Cup Series’ most memorable moments.
Which All-Star Races are the most memorable? This week, RacinToday.com will count down it’s top [...]

Rick Hendrick’s 200th Victory Is A Classic
Monday, May 14, 2012 – 11:32 | Comments Off
Rick Hendrick’s 200th Victory Is A Classic

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It’s tough to get a perspective on numbers in auto racing. The sport just changes so often. In fact it is changing, basically, from day to day as technological advances, rules, schedules and facilities all make for a sport that is in constant flux.
Not so with stick-and-ball. The only significant [...]

Shelby’s Influence Reached Down To Street Level
Sunday, May 13, 2012 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Shelby’s Influence Reached Down To Street Level

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Me and the guys who grew up on the hard, cracked-concrete streets of our blue-collar, auto-town neighborhood during the the late 1950s and ’60s were not really Cobra guys.
Vette guys, 409 guys, Super Stock guys, Mopar guys, Poncho guys, Javelin guys, 442 guys, ‘Stang guys; for sure. We could tell [...]

SunTrust Duo Wins In Jersey
Sunday, May 13, 2012 – 18:20 | Comments Off
SunTrust Duo Wins In Jersey

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SunTrust Corvette DP co-drivers Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor and No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 teammates Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato drove to victory Sunday event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Angelelli and Taylor picked up their second consecutive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car [...]

Kinser Back To Winning Ways
Sunday, May 13, 2012 – 8:25 | Comments Off

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Steve Kinser snapped a 27-race World of Outlaws winless streak on Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway.
Kinser, the World of Outlaws career wins leader, entered the event with only five feature laps led this season. That changed as he led the final 23 laps of the $12,000-to-win main event and then dominated all 12 laps of [...]

American Car-Building Icon Carroll Shelby Dies
Friday, May 11, 2012 – 16:11 | Comments Off
American Car-Building Icon Carroll Shelby Dies

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Carroll Shelby, the man who created the famous Shelby Cobra and gave America its proudest moment at Le Mans, died in Dallas Thursday night at age 89. He had been hospitalized for pneumonia.
Shelby, a native Texan, built the cars which ran to a 1-2-3 finish in 1966 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, ending [...]

The Woman In Green Meets The Lady In Black
Friday, May 11, 2012 – 15:30 | Comments Off
The Woman In Green Meets The Lady In Black

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The subject was Danica Patrick’s sheet metal-wadding frustrations after last week’s Nationwide Series race at Talladega.  Just wait, a colleague who is a veteran NASCAR beat writer said during a Monday chat on the telephone, until she gets to Darlington.
Patrick got to Darlington, the 1.33-mile South Carolina oval that many regard [...]

Pruett/Rojas Looking For First GRAND-AM Win Of Season
Friday, May 11, 2012 – 8:35 | Comments Off
Pruett/Rojas Looking For First GRAND-AM Win Of Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing GRAND-AM team arrived in New Jersey for this weekend’s Global Barter 250 event in an unfamiliar situation – winless.
True, there have only been three events held to this point in the 2012 season. But still, this is Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas and reigning champion [...]

Smith Hopes To Rearrange Furniture At Darlington
Thursday, May 10, 2012 – 9:30 | Comments Off
Smith Hopes To Rearrange Furniture At Darlington

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A year and a couple of days ago, Regan Smith became a Colorado sports star. Pretty big one, too. Not John Elway big but maybe, like, Dante Bichette big. Big enough to warrant calls to radio sports talk shows in Denver. Seems people along the Front Range of the Rockies have, [...]

Don’t Expect Patrick To Get Parked For Darlington
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – 8:33 | 2 Comments
Don’t Expect Patrick To Get Parked For Darlington

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Today is Tuesday, the day of the week which has traditionally been used by NASCAR officials to make announcements of penalties stemming from on-track or in-garage incidents from the weekend before.
I really do not expect on this Tuesday to hear that Danica Patrick is being issued any type of penalty [...]