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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

Pagenaud To Join Team Penske
Monday, Sep 29, 2014 – 12:01 | Comments Off
Pagenaud To Join Team Penske

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Team Penske announced Monday that it is adding Simon Pagenaud as a fourth driver to its IndyCar Series team.
The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Series. He will join 2014 series champion Will Power, multiple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner/former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske.
Pagenaud [...]

Gordon Gets Dover Win; Four Booted From Chase
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 – 16:29 | Comments Off
Gordon Gets Dover Win; Four Booted From Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jeff Gordon won his fourth race of the season Sunday when he beat the field to the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway. But even more relevant news broke further back in the field as the Chase playoff field was trimmed down from 16 to 12 drivers.
Ousted Sunday from the [...]

Almirola Out To Crash The Chase Party At Dover
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 – 8:22 | Comments Off
Almirola Out To Crash The Chase Party At Dover

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There, two weeks ago, was Aric Almirola in one of those queaze-inducing interview sessions. His heart laying on the oily infield pavement at Chicagoland Speedway, a microphone pointed at his head and moronic questions about how he felt being fired point blank.
Then came the headlines about Almirola being the “big [...]

Harvick Sprints To Pole For Dover Cup Race
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 – 18:55 | Comments Off
Harvick Sprints To Pole For Dover Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kevin Harvick’s conversion to a qualifying monster continued Friday when he took the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.
The pole was the seventh of the season for Harvick, who just six in his previous 13 years in the sport.
“It’s been an amazing [...]

Grand Jury: No Criminal Charges Against Stewart
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 – 15:34 | Comments Off
Grand Jury: No Criminal Charges Against Stewart

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A grand jury investigating the death of a young sprint car driver during a race in Ontario County, N.Y. earlier this summer, has determined there is no basis to file any criminal charges against fellow driver Tony Stewart it was announced Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, the district attorney in Ontario County [...]

NASCAR Announces Sweeping Rule Changes For 2015 Cup Season
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 – 15:35 | Comments Off
NASCAR Announces Sweeping Rule Changes For 2015 Cup Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NASCAR announced a series of rule changes on Tuesday that will go into effect beginning with the 2015 racing season.
The rule changes apply to cars and engines and their aim, NASCAR officials said, is to improve competition, safety and the cost of doing business.
They include reduction of spoiler heights [...]

Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic

Some week-old Chaseburgers:
Once upon a time, great moments in auto racing earned names. Spin and Win. Pass in the Grass.
On Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a humdinger of a pass that deserves big love. Perhaps even a name.
It came with 16 laps to go in what had been a pretty dull race. Kevin [...]

DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 – 15:47 | Comments Off
DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury

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The decision on whether driver Tony Stewart should be charged with a crime in the wake of a fatal short track wreck which occurred during a sprint car race in upstate New York will be left to a grand jury it was announced Tuesday.
Michael Tantillo, the district attorney in Ontario County, N.Y., made the announcement [...]

Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 – 16:20 | Comments Off
Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go and then sprinted away to win the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the [...]

Rain Puts Kyle Busch On Pole For Chase Opener
Friday, Sep 12, 2014 – 19:31 | Comments Off
Rain Puts Kyle Busch On Pole For Chase Opener

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Rain at Chicagoland Speedway forced cancellation of Friday’s qualifying sessions for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400, the first race in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and put Kyle Busch on the pole for the race.
The rain also forced postponement of Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland.
With the field ordered according to [...]