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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

Jim Pedley: Corvette And Sebring Joined At The Fenders
Friday, Mar 16, 2012 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Jim Pedley: Corvette And Sebring Joined At The Fenders

Doug Fehan took several seconds and one step backward on Thursday as he attempted to answer a question about two of his favorite subjects; the Sebring 12-hour race and Corvettes.
Finally, Fehan, General Motors’ program manager for Corvette Racing, hit on an answer which seemed to satisfy him after he was awkwardly asked: Um, er, duh, [...]

Smart Can Get You Into Trouble In NASCAR Today
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 – 9:51 | Comments Off
Smart Can Get You Into Trouble In NASCAR Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hendrick Motorsports will not completely win its final appeal of penalties leveled on it after Jimmie Johnson’s car failed inspection at Daytona last month.
Chief appellate officer John Middlebrook may reduced fines or shorten terms of suspensions or amend point reductions, but Johnson, team owner Rick Hendrick, crew chief Chad Knaus [...]

Biffle And Puccia Head East First In Points, Smiles
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 – 11:19 | Comments Off
Biffle And Puccia Head East First In Points, Smiles

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
One week ago, Greg Biffle was doing the rub the hands together in excitement thing. He was about to take to the track at Las Vegas and he figured that racing at that 1.5-mile tri-oval would give him and his Roush Fenway Racing team a good look at their competitive [...]

Greg Anderson Keeps Summit at The Summit
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 – 9:09 | Comments Off
Greg Anderson Keeps Summit at The Summit

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Summit Racing Pro Stock team had a rare bad weekend at the NHRA Tire Kingdom Gatornationals. Bad, of course, being a relative term.
Neither of the Summit Pontiac drivers came away with the victory in Gainesville, but one of the two made it to the final round of eliminations. And [...]

Are Potential Evils Of EFI Creeping Into NASCAR?
Monday, Mar 12, 2012 – 10:05 | One Comment
Are Potential Evils Of EFI Creeping Into NASCAR?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It wasn’t simple stubbornness or adherence to tradition that prompted NASCAR officials, for decade after decade, to resist a move to electronic fuel injection. It certainly wasn’t stupidity.
It was fear. And not irrational fear.
And Sunday afternoon, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on the third race weekend of the season in [...]

The Las Vegas Face Lift Has Its Pros and Cons
Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 – 9:37 | Comments Off
The Las Vegas Face Lift Has Its Pros and Cons

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR teams and drivers don’t really care for the term “cookie-cutter” when it’s applied to 1.5-mile tri-oval race tracks. They talk themselves blue  insisting that all tracks – even those that may look alike – are significantly different. But, the term won’t go away. And neither will those tracks.
Some have been [...]

Lucas Oil To Sponsor The Greek
Friday, Mar 9, 2012 – 16:58 | Comments Off
Lucas Oil To Sponsor The Greek

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Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas has announced a unique sponsorship of Chris Karamesines that will last as long as the drag racing legend competes.
Lucas Oil first joined Karamesines, widely known as “the Greek,” for seven national events in 2011 to rave reviews from the media and fans.
“The Greek is a legend in our sport,” Lucas [...]

This Formula 1 Invasion Should Be More Pleasant
Friday, Mar 9, 2012 – 16:09 | One Comment
This Formula 1 Invasion Should Be More Pleasant

Some quick, random early season thoughts:
The storm warnings were out for the media during the months leading up to the return of Formula 1 racing to the United States in 2000. Do not, the old F1 hands were telling their newbie-to-the-series American peers who would cover the race in Indianapolis, expect much from the foreign [...]

MWR Adds Vickers
Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 – 20:56 | One Comment
MWR Adds Vickers

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Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that Brian Vickers will drive the team’s No. 55 Toyota Camry in six NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2012 beginning at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 18.
Vickers will also race the No. 55 at the August Bristol event as well as each of the two races at Martinsville Speedway and [...]

Past Teammates On Andretti Drivers’ Minds
Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 – 12:56 | One Comment
Past Teammates On Andretti Drivers’ Minds

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The revamped Andretti Autosport team assembled in St. Petersburg, Fla. this week to take part in Wednesday’s pre-season media day. The way it sounded, one former teammate will not be missed all that much this season while another will never be forgotten; ever.
The former is Danica Patrick, who has decided [...]