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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

Pedley: A 500 Win Makes Stewart A First-Ballot Pick
Friday, Feb 17, 2012 – 11:06 | Comments Off
Pedley: A 500 Win Makes Stewart A First-Ballot Pick

Tony Stewart is, right now, just one race victory away from being worthy of election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame the first time he becomes eligible.
And he could get that one victory next Sunday in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Stewart’s NASCAR resume is eerily quiet for a guy who can be so [...]

They’re Talking Racin’ Today Down In Daytona
Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 – 10:45 | Comments Off
They’re Talking Racin’ Today Down In Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Media Day for Speedweeks is off and running in Daytona Beach today. Most of the top drivers in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks series are sitting down for, and putting up with, questions from media members.
Here are some questions and answers from the interview sessions:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., [...]

Lucas Oil Adds Pro Stocker Brogdon
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Lucas Oil Adds Pro Stocker Brogdon

RacinToday.com
Lucas Oil’s NHRA organization has added Pro Stock driver Rodger Brogdon and his MAVTV/Lucas Oil/Charter Communications Pontiac GXP.
“It’s very exciting for us to be joining with Forrest, Charlotte and Morgan Lucas,” Brogdon said. “They are such a great family and the support and love they’ve shown for drag racing is tremendous. It’s an honor.”
Partnering with [...]

Pedley: 12 Topics Which Will Define NASCAR In ‘12
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 – 11:26 | One Comment
Pedley: 12 Topics Which Will Define NASCAR In ‘12

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinTdoay.com
A quick check of the topstoryometer shows that the 2012 NASCAR season should feature a wealth of immenently interesting subplots.
Only a couple are mega and capable of pegging the holygeezometer, but quantity promises to make up for a dearth of quality.
Here is a rough list of sidebar offerings that will [...]

Pedley: Doping Out Week 1 Of The NHRA Season
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 – 12:36 | One Comment
Pedley: Doping Out Week 1 Of The NHRA Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Looking back at last weekend’s season-opening NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, the view from here indicates that:
– Spencer Massey has the makings of being an all-timer.
Pass after pass, qualifying and eliminations, Massey impressed in Top Fuel. His most impressive moment was the run when the front wheels lifted, [...]

Pressure Eases As Al-Anabi Cars Make Field
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 – 9:42 | Comments Off
Pressure Eases As Al-Anabi Cars Make Field

A lot of eyes have been on the Al-Anabi RacingvTop Fuel cars this weekend at the NHRA season-opening Winternationals, and for a lot of reasons.
What those eyes saw on Saturday was just one round of qualifying (the second was cancelled by rain) but enough speed to qualify for Sunday’s eliminations on the part of both [...]

NHRA Notes: Summit Heads Toward The Top
Saturday, Feb 11, 2012 – 9:15 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Summit Heads Toward The Top

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Summit Racing operation looked very little like the Summit Racing operation during Thursday’s opening round of qualifying at the 2012 NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals. But during Friday’s second round at Pomona, Ken Black’s Pro Stock teams ignited.
Defending class champion Jason Line moved from 12th to fourth in Round [...]

NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes
Friday, Feb 10, 2012 – 9:45 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes

On her first day as a real-gosh-darn NHRA Funny Car driver, Courtney Force showed speed. And, she showed savvy.
Her 4.21 second/303.16 mph pass in the first round of qualifying for the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona was sixth fastest on the day. And it was just a blink slower than the one laid [...]

Waltrip Takes First Laps At Sebring
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 – 19:41 | Comments Off
Waltrip Takes First Laps At Sebring

RacinToday.com
NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip’s foray into sports car racing continues this week when he tested at Sebring for next month’s annual 12-hour race.
Waltrip, who drove his first laps at Sebring on Thursday morning. The two-time Daytona 500 winner is eyeing his first start at the track following the second day of the annual Sebring Winter [...]

NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 – 11:14 | Comments Off
NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The 2012 NHRA Full Thottle Drag Racing Series season gets under way today with the start of the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
New faces have arrived, old faces have disappeared and other old faces have re-appeared. The most diverse series in all of auto racing will [...]