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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

Armstrong In A Cautious Hurry To Make His Mark
Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 – 10:14 | Comments Off
Armstrong In A Cautious Hurry To Make His Mark

LEAWOOD, Kan. – It’s easier today for young drivers with untested talent to get a shot at stardom in NASCAR than it was in the 1990s and before. There is very little doubt about that. But there is also very little doubt that keeping a ride in one of NASCAR’s top three series is as tough [...]

It Was A Good Weekend To Watch Electronically
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 – 7:00 | Comments Off
It Was A Good Weekend To Watch Electronically

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some thoughts about a rather large weekend of racing and many hours in front of the flat screen (LCD, not that plasma crap):
– Robert Hight’s Funny Car season is shaping up to be one of those special jobs that seems to come along every decade or so in the NHRA. [...]

Kahne Wins As NASCAR Returns To The Rock
Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 – 14:39 | Comments Off
Kahne Wins As NASCAR Returns To The Rock

Kasey Kahne won the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 as NASCAR returned  to Rockingham Speedway for the first time since 2004 on Sunday afternoon.
Kahne  moved to the front on the lap 155 of the 200-lap event to notch his fourth win in five starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The victory gave Kahne his [...]

Long Beach An American Racing Institution
Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Long Beach An American Racing Institution

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Not many people along the Front Range of Colorado seemed to know what to expect when plans came together for a street-circuit event in Denver in the late 1980s. The big question – in the street and in the media – seemed to be, like, “So, 200 mph cars through [...]

Tasca Thinks Things Are Now Lined Up Perfectly
Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 – 14:25 | Comments Off
Tasca Thinks Things Are Now Lined Up Perfectly

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
After going three entire events without being able to collect an elinination-round victory, Bob Tasca III was very aware that something was askew on his NHRA Funny Car team. Not blow it up and start all over again askew. Just a little something missing kind of askew.
Tasca, a Mustang driver, [...]

NASCAR Unveils List Of Hall Of Fame Candidates
Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 – 7:19 | One Comment
NASCAR Unveils List Of Hall Of Fame Candidates

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR announced the 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fourth induction class, and included among the diverse group are five newcomers.
Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year’s group. Five are first-timers, and all vary in expertise:
NASCAR’s first treasurer and secretary Anne Bledsoe France, engine builder and [...]

Jim Hall Blew ‘Em Away In Paddocks, On Tracks
Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 – 12:57 | 4 Comments
Jim Hall Blew ‘Em Away In Paddocks, On Tracks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jim Hall remembers the first time he saw “the look”. The one on the faces of fellow road racing competitors and race officials when he would first roll out a race car that was so thoroughly innovative that it would obviate just about everything else in the paddocks.
“The first time [...]

The Best Place To Attend A Race This Week Is…
Monday, Apr 9, 2012 – 12:08 | 2 Comments
The Best Place To Attend A Race This Week Is…

The week-long racing drought is about to succumb to a deluge of high profile events.  Fenders, no fenders, lots of turns, no turns. Almost everybody who races for a big paycheck is in action this coning weekend and that’s terrific.
Assuming our current understanding of physics is correct in that nobody can be in two places [...]

Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think
Sunday, Apr 8, 2012 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Notes for a weekend without racing:
It’s true: Ryan Newman got the victory in last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville only because a wreck during the green/white/checkered restart took out the three drivers who most “deserved” to win.
But to define the Martinsville race – and Newman’s team – with such [...]

‘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 [...]