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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

Coca-Cola 600 Will Start With All-Petty Front Row
Thursday, May 24, 2012 – 19:26 | Comments Off
Coca-Cola 600 Will Start With All-Petty Front Row

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola ripped off a stunning qualifying lap to win the pole Thursday for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The pole, which came after he logged a lap at 192.940 mph, was the first of the Richard Petty Motorsports driver’s Sprint Cup career. It [...]

Pastrana’s Drive For Pride Not Going Well
Thursday, May 24, 2012 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Pastrana’s Drive For Pride Not Going Well

CONCORD, N.C. – By most measures, Travis Pastrana’s entry into NASCAR’s Nationwide Series has been pretty positive. But by one measure – how much crap he’s taken from his friends – that entry has been a bit of a bummer.
The crap the action sports star has been issued has come courtesy of his X-Games peers and [...]

Another Hall Of Fame Voting Day To Remember
Thursday, May 24, 2012 – 14:01 | One Comment
Another Hall Of Fame Voting Day To Remember

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Zeroing in on criteria is the most difficult part when considering candidates for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s not that the criteria is nebulous, ill-defined. It’s that their really are none; except in the hearts in heads of each of the individual voters.
It was quite obvious [...]

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Has Five New Members
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 17:20 | Comments Off
NASCAR Hall Of Fame Has Five New Members

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the end, it took what one member of the voting panel called a green/white/checkered restart, but the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday found out which five people would become its class of 2013.
The five are:
– Driver Herb Thomas
– Mechanic Leonard Wood
– Driver Rusty Wallace
– Driver/owner [...]

Easy NASCAR Hall Voting Is Thing Of The Past
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – 18:31 | 2 Comments
Easy NASCAR Hall Voting Is Thing Of The Past

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As we walked toward the room in the Charlotte Convention Center prior to voting for the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame three years ago, a colleague shook his head and said, man, this could be tough.
Yep, I said, but not as tough as things [...]

Carpenter Fills Out Indy Field On Bumpless Day
Sunday, May 20, 2012 – 18:18 | Comments Off
Carpenter Fills Out Indy Field On Bumpless Day

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There was no bumping on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but IndyCar Series officials did avoid a public relations setback when the field for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 was filled out to its capacity of 33 cars and drivers.
Ed Carpenter, who suffered through a horrible Pole Day on Saturday [...]

Grubnic Surprise Winner In Topeka
Sunday, May 20, 2012 – 16:52 | Comments Off
Grubnic Surprise Winner In Topeka

Dave Grubnic broke a long winless streak Sunday when he won the Top Fuel competition at the Dollar General NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
The Kalitta Motorsports driver beat Spencer Massey of Don Schumacher Racing in the finals with a pass in 3.893 seconds and at 319.07 mph.
The victory was the first for Grubnic [...]

All-Star Moments: No. 1 – Turf War Breaks Out
Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 12:32 | One Comment
All-Star Moments: No. 1 – Turf War Breaks Out

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s NASCAR All-Star Race week. It’s a week that culminates in a race which, despite of 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, [...]

The Objective, Sarge Says, Is The Championship
Friday, May 18, 2012 – 16:53 | Comments Off
The Objective, Sarge Says, Is The Championship

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
TOPEKA, Kan. – Everything about Tony Schumacher as he sat at a lunch table in his team’s compound at Heartland Park Topeka on Friday said this: No wins, no problem. His words, his tone, his body language: No wins, no problem.
For a simple reason. Schumacher, a seven-time NHRA Top Fuel champion, [...]

All-Star Moments: No. 2 – The Son Lights Up CMS
Friday, May 18, 2012 – 8:24 | One Comment
All-Star Moments: No. 2 – The Son Lights Up CMS

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
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 [...]