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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: Some Racing Chases Will Never Be Won
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 – 9:34 | Comments Off
Pedley: Some Racing Chases Will Never Be Won

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This morning, as seagulls are picking through the infield leftovers at Daytona International Speedway, the rest of us are left to conduct some searches of our own. Not for half-eaten sausages or dried out french fries, but for answers. Answers to questions like: Where are we vis a vis restrictor plate [...]

Thunder Ends; Work Continues On Rules For 500
Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 – 9:23 | Comments Off
Thunder Ends; Work Continues On Rules For 500

By Jm Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The end of NASCAR’s three-day test at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday did not mean the end of testing – for the Sprint Cup teams nor for NASCAR.
Series official John Darby said Saturday afternoon that all involved will continue to search for the combination of rules and equipment which will [...]

Pedley: Jimmie’s Team Is A Man Short At Daytona
Saturday, Jan 14, 2012 – 10:08 | Comments Off
Pedley: Jimmie’s Team Is A Man Short At Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Quotes and comments from and about Thursday’s Day 2 of the two-day Sprint Cup test at Daytona International Speedway:
The image, at least, of crew chief Chad Knaus is that of a micro manager. A guy who has to not only put his fingerprints on every aspect of things affecting [...]

Pedley: Lots To Talk About After Day 1 Of Testing
Friday, Jan 13, 2012 – 10:06 | Comments Off
Pedley: Lots To Talk About After Day 1 Of Testing

Quotes and comments from and about Thursday’s Day 1 of the two-day Sprint Cup test at Daytona International Speedway:
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Mark Martin’s sunny side is permanently set on “up”, you know? Dude makes Pollyana look like a pit bull with an oozing rash.
Martin was touting silver linings again Thursday at Daytona. Cut [...]

Pedley: 2012 Cup Season Opens With Questions
Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 – 10:18 | Comments Off
Pedley: 2012 Cup Season Opens With Questions

The 2012 Sprint Cup season starts today. It starts with three days of testing at Daytona International Speedway. It starts with a whole bunch of questions wandering the garages looking for answers.
Here are some of those questions. The answers will take months to locate, but that does not prevent us from making guesses.
So…
– Danica Patrick; [...]

John Force Says It’s ‘Game On’ For His ‘Baby Girl’
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 – 11:12 | Comments Off
John Force Says It’s ‘Game On’ For His ‘Baby Girl’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
John Force sounded exactly like a father when he was asked if he thought his 23-year-old daughter, Courtney, has what it takes to be competitive as a nitro-powered Funny Car driver.
“It’s important to her,” the 15-time NHRA champion said during a telephone conversation on Tuesday. “It’s all she thinks about. [...]

Courtney Force Moves Up To Nitro Funny Car
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 – 16:31 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Moves Up To Nitro Funny Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
John Force Racing announced Tuesday that Courtney Force, youngest daughter of team owner John Force, will drive a fuel Funny Car for the team during the upcoming NHRA season.
She will drive a Ford Mustang tuned by veteran Ron Douglas. It will be sponsored by Traxxas, a Texas company which got [...]

Pedley: Wallace Troubles Are A Troubling Sign
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 – 11:24 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Wallace Troubles Are A Troubling Sign

A couple of thoughts on the racin’ news of last couple of days:
Rusty Wallace is one of NASCAR’s original salesmen. Back in the day when he drove for Roger Penske, the man could push product like few before him and, perhaps, only Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards in the years since.
The fact that he [...]

Leffler To Drive Truck For Kyle Busch
Monday, Jan 9, 2012 – 17:36 | Comments Off
Leffler To Drive Truck For Kyle Busch

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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Jason Leffler will be the primary driver of the team’s No. 18 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2012 season.
Leffler will be behind the wheel for at least 14 races this season, beginning with the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Dollar General will serve as [...]

Kurt Busch To Drive NNS For Phoenix
Monday, Jan 9, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch To Drive NNS For Phoenix

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Phoenix Racing announced Monday that in addition to running the complete NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with Kurt Busch, they will field the No. 1 Chevrolet in a limited amount of NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
The first of those races will be in February at Daytona.
The team plans on running all major events and are looking [...]