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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

Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate
Monday, Feb 10, 2014 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate

Jason Line arrived at the 2014 NHRA Winternationals with a built-in excuse should he end the event with a less-than-wonderful result.  The KB Racing Pro Stock driver could simply say he had more important things than drag racing on his mind.
Line, however, opted against excuse making. Instead, he used news that teammate/team leader Greg Anderson [...]

Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The wait for John Force to start acting his age goes on as the 64-year-old drag racer opened defense of his 16th NHRA Funny Car championship with a victory in the Winternationals.
Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history with 139 event victories, beat Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing to [...]

Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel
Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 – 12:03 | Comments Off
Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A year ago at this time, Shawn Langdon was a driver with things to prove. Important things. Things like proving he belonged on a Top Fuel team that had a championship-winning past.
This year heading into the coming weekend’s NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series’ season-opening Winternationals, Langdon again has something [...]

NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 – 12:01 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s off season of change continued Tuesday with the unveiling of new procedures for issuing penalties. Also dealt with during a teleconference conducted by Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations, and Robin Pemberton, series vice president, competition and racing development, was the penalty-appeals processes.
O’Donnell said that impetus [...]

Stars Doing Their Best To Sell NASCAR Changes
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 – 16:16 | 6 Comments
Stars Doing Their Best To Sell NASCAR Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For the most part, it’s pretty uncomfortable watching sports stars as they attempt to cross over into the field of acting. They tend to be, um, unconvincing in their roles. And, interestingly, it seems the bigger the sports star, the poorer the actor. Think Wilt Chamberlain in “Conan the Destroyer”.
On [...]

Ready Or Not, United SportsCar Is Set To Launch
Friday, Jan 24, 2014 – 11:35 | Comments Off
Ready Or Not, United SportsCar Is Set To Launch

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When the Rolex Grand-Am Series teams packed up and left Kansas Speedway after last August’s race, it appeared that hopes for a smooth transition to a unified American sports car racing  series in 2014 were in danger of leaving with them.
Time and pockets of squabbling had become the enemies of [...]

The Grand Tradition Of Gimmickry Rolls On
Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 – 8:57 | 7 Comments
The Grand Tradition Of Gimmickry Rolls On

This week, news broke that NASCAR appears to be on the verge of announcing major, radical changes to its season-ending, championship-deciding Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoff system.
A story published in the Charlotte Observer said changes will include an increase in the number of Chase drivers (from 12 to 16) and a driver elimination [...]

Family Values Puts Wayne Taylor Back In Car
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 – 20:44 | One Comment
Family Values Puts Wayne Taylor Back In Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This coming weekend, Wayne Taylor will get to live out a dream that is over 20 years in the making and no, it’s not the dream of driving in a unified American sports car racing series. It’s the dream of sharing the wheel of a prototype car with his two [...]

Johnson Becomes A Five-Time DOTY Winner
Monday, Jan 20, 2014 – 10:59 | Comments Off
Johnson Becomes A Five-Time DOTY Winner

NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was voted the winner of the 2013 Driver of the Year Award, it was announced on Monday.
The 2013 DOTY is Johnson’s fifth, allowing him to eclipse Hendrick Motorsports teammate  Jeff Gordon, who was the only other four-time DOTY winner.
Johnson, the 38-year-old California native, continued to make NASCAR history [...]

Dillon Tops Speed Charts At Thunder
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Dillon Tops Speed Charts At Thunder

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Day Two brought dryer weather to Daytona International Speedway and that allowed the Sprint Cup cars to take to the track for the first time in Preseason Thunder testing.
Much of Friday’s test, which concluded at 9 p.m., featured single-car runs.
Fastest of the test was Richard Childress Racing rookie Austin Dillon, who posted a top speed [...]