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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

‘Butzi’ Dies, But Lives On
Friday, Apr 6, 2012 – 10:38 | One Comment
‘Butzi’ Dies, But Lives On

Somehow, we crammed four of us into the friend of a friend’s Porsche 911 as college students back in the early 1970s.
I remember being so contorted that I couldn’t see much through the back “seat” windows of that sparkling white 911, and could, basically, hear very little other than the flat-six boxing away just inches [...]

Clauson Flexible Enough To Survive Twists Of Fate
Friday, Apr 6, 2012 – 7:40 | One Comment
Clauson Flexible Enough To Survive Twists Of Fate

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As far a dreams and aspirations go, Bryan Clauson’s were pretty general. “I just wanted to race for a living,” he says. After that, all options would be considered.
Which is good. Because in these times of an economy in tatters and of automobile racing in a state of flux, all [...]

Kansas Offering Free Admission
Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 – 9:15 | Comments Off

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Kansas Speedway is offering fans free admission to the grandstands on Friday, April 20 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices. In lieu of admission, Kansas Speedway is requesting fans make an on-site donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“This is a great opportunity for our fans to come see [...]

New Michigan Surface To Produce New Problems?
Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 – 17:34 | Comments Off
New Michigan Surface To Produce New Problems?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Stepping into NASCAR’s repavement-controversy spotlight this week is Michigan International Speedway. The track, which just got a fresh coating of asphalt, enters the spotlight thanks to comments Matt Kenseth issued after testing Wednesday.
Kenseth got out of his car and said he had just gone more than 215 mph in the [...]

Nobile Shakes Early-Season Woes At Las Vegas
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 – 13:04 | Comments Off
Nobile Shakes Early-Season Woes At Las Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Driver Vincent Nobile and his Mountain View Racing Pro Stock team was not just one of the best feel-good stories in the NHRA last season, they were one of the best in all of racing.
Over the weekend, the team and driver took major steps toward showing that their wonderful [...]

Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts
Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 – 8:57 | Comments Off
Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Nobody has ever accused Martinsville Speedway of being a cookie-cutter track. On the contrary, it’s a Ripley’s museum piece.
It’s the shortest track on the schedule – .526 miles. It’s the oldest track on the schedule – first race was in 1949. It’s one of the most bizarrely shaped oval on [...]

Castroneves Stays Hot, Wins Barber Pole
Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 – 13:00 | Comments Off
Castroneves Stays Hot, Wins Barber Pole

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Helio Castroneves followed up his victory in the season-opening IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg, Fla. last weekend with a pole victory Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
The Team Penske driver covered the 2.3-mile road course at an average speed of 117.485 mph in his Chevrolet-powered Dallara.
James Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 27 Team GoDaddy.com [...]

It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions
Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 – 10:14 | One Comment
It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The five-week mark is kind of, sort of a significant point in the Sprint Cup season. It is the cutoff point for those using the previous year’s owner points to get free entry into race fields. And it does mark a point where the teams have competed on every kind [...]

The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys
Friday, Mar 30, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Hey, I’m just sayin’…
The fans who hate the new Bristol Motor Speedway got what they wanted as owner O.Bruton Smith announced he will attempt to change the high-banked short track back to its former self.
The interesting aspect will be the thing about the dog chasing the Mack truck: Now that [...]

Langdon Now Has His ‘Pinch-Me’ Top Fuel Ride
Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 – 10:07 | Comments Off
Langdon Now Has His ‘Pinch-Me’ Top Fuel Ride

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last fall, Shawn Langdon had heard the talk about Del Worsham’s possible retirement and it was affecting his sleep patterns: The thought of a Top Fuel job opening up at powerhouse Al-Anabi Racing was making sleep difficult to come by for the 29-year old Californian.
“You’re just lying there thinking, ‘Man, [...]