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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

Stewart Wins Race And Title In Homestead
Sunday, Nov 20, 2011 – 20:08 | Comments Off
Stewart Wins Race And Title In Homestead

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tony Stewart knew there was only one way he could assure himself of a third career Sprint Cup championship in the days heading up to Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway; win the race.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Stewart won Sunday’s race to pull even with Carl Edwards [...]

Race Day Stats: Edwards To Win Title…Or Stewart
Sunday, Nov 20, 2011 – 10:20 | Comments Off
Race Day Stats: Edwards To Win Title…Or Stewart

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Best Chase ever? That will depend on what happens this afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Today’s championship-deciding Ford 400 could be an anticlimactic dog. Yep, like a Super Bowl. Or it could be terrific.
One thing for sure is that the buildup for it has been pretty darn good. Thanks, primarily, to [...]

Stenhouse Jr. Is Your Nationwide Series Champion
Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 – 19:21 | One Comment
Stenhouse Jr. Is Your Nationwide Series Champion

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Ricky Stenhouse finished second in  the Ford 300 season-ending NASCAR Nationwide race Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that was plenty good enough to secure him the 2011 series championship.
Had the race gone another lap, he might have capped off his championship-securing run with a race victory.
Instead, Brad Keselowski held Stenhouse [...]

Johnson Says Eight Is Still The Career Goal
Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 – 9:48 | Comments Off
Johnson Says Eight Is Still The Career Goal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The end? Perhaps just half time Jimmie Johnson said when asked about his five-year reign as Sprint Cup champion coming to an end this season.
Perhaps 2011 was just his and his Hendrick Motorsports team’s way of catching its breath before going after more records. Perhaps he will still become the [...]

Dillon Survives Scare, Wins Camping World Title
Friday, Nov 18, 2011 – 21:57 | One Comment
Dillon Survives Scare, Wins Camping World Title

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Austin Dillon became the youngest-ever Camping World Truck Series champion Friday night when he finished 10th in the rain-shortened, season-ending Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The 21-year-old Dillon, who was a two-time race winner in 2011, won the title in just his second full season in the series. His championship came by [...]

Pedley: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation
Friday, Nov 18, 2011 – 10:53 | Comments Off
Pedley: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation

Tony Stewart and the press corps which covers auto racing have always had a mutual enmity for each other. Encounters between Stewart and reporters can get quite tacky, but that’s going to happen when two entities who are, basically, defined by self righteousness come face to face 38 weekends a year.
On Thursday, however, Stewart used [...]

Chase Contenders Swap Barbs, Praise In Miami
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 – 17:21 | Comments Off
Chase Contenders Swap Barbs, Praise In Miami

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Mothers, perceived personality flaws, reporters and team orders: No subject was sacred during Thursday’s Sprint Cup championship contenders press conference in Miami Beach.
The annual presser, held on the Thursdays before the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featured just two contenders this year – points leader Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway [...]

Pedley: Stenhouse Jr. Gets Chance, Cashes In
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Pedley: Stenhouse Jr. Gets Chance, Cashes In

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes me wonder – wonder about things like potential, late bloomers, the economics of racing, luck and rapidly closing windows of opportunity.
Stenhouse heads to NASCAR’s season-ending weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway this week needing, basically, just to roll out of bed on Saturday morning to collect the Nationwide [...]

News Is Not Good For Anti-Tandem Types
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 – 19:57 | Comments Off
News Is Not Good For Anti-Tandem Types

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Not a fan of the tandem racing that has dominated racing at NASCAR’s restrictor plate tracks in recent years? Then you’re probably not going to like what Dale Earnhardt Jr. said after Tuesday’s aero testing at Daytona International Speedway.
It seems pairs racing is going to be with us for a [...]

Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned
Monday, Nov 14, 2011 – 11:04 | One Comment
Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Second Day Lede
With the shadows of the Sierra Estrella mountain range lengthening, and his race lead stabilized late Sunday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway, Tony Stewart appeared to be just 100 laps away from kicking Carl Edwards’ championship legs cleanly out from under him.
Then…racing happened.
A car that looked unbeatable, [...]