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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

The 2012 Picks: After Casual Consideration…
Monday, Feb 27, 2012 – 9:39 | Comments Off
The 2012 Picks: After Casual Consideration…

The start of the 2012 Sprint Cup season is at hand. The start of the biggest race in stock car racing is at hand.
And everybody wants to know: Who?
Who will win the Cup title and who will win the Daytona 500? RacinToday.com is here to serve.
The following are the RacinToday.com staff’s picks to win this [...]

Start Pushed Back Again: Teams Ponder Monday 500
Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 – 20:14 | Comments Off
Start Pushed Back Again: Teams Ponder Monday 500

The start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been postponed again due to rain showers.
Originally scheduled to begin on Sunday at noon, it was postponed until Monday, with a noon start again scheduled. But with rain still falling, the start was moved back to 7 [...]

Pedley: Roush On Roll Heading Into The 500
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Pedley: Roush On Roll Heading Into The 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Speedweeks have never really been that speedy for Jack Roush. Only once has he been the Cat in the Victory Lane late in the day on Daytona 500 Sunday, and that one time happened mainly because rains ended the 2009 race early and with Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth [...]

Pedley: Duels In Danger Of Becoming Dull-els
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 – 11:47 | Comments Off
Pedley: Duels In Danger Of Becoming Dull-els

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
And now, the tension of the Gatorade Duels. Except, not really. Not for fans. Not any more. Not since de facto franchising has been tossed into to the pot in Sprint Cup.
Now, the Duels are little more than practice/test sessions.
Time was, the twin qualifying races which preceded the Daytona 500 every [...]

Pedley: Doping Out Week 2 Of NHRA Season
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 – 8:17 | Comments Off
Pedley: Doping Out Week 2 Of NHRA Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Looking back the weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway , the view from here indicates that:
– Matt Hagan maybe suffering a bit of post-championship hangover.
Hagan, who won the 2011 Funny Car championship for Don Schumacher Racing, lost in the first round of eliminations and finished 12th in the season-opening [...]

Dollansky, Schatz Bring End To UNOH DIRTcar Nationals
Monday, Feb 20, 2012 – 8:48 | Comments Off

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Craig Dollansky capped a World of Outlaws doubleheader on Sunday at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., by outlasting Donny Schatz, who started on the pole and had won every race he had been in all day.
Schatz claimed the afternoon feature, which had been delayed since Friday because of rain.
It was also the final event [...]

Carl Edwards To Start The 500 From The Pole
Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 – 15:36 | One Comment
Carl Edwards To Start The 500 From The Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards went out early in Sunday’s qualifying session for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 and he went out fast. So fast that none of the 44 drivers who followed him onto the track at Daytona International Speedway could better his speed.
As a result, Edwards will start NASCAR’s biggest race from [...]

Kyle Busch, Tandem Haters Win Bud Shootout
Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 – 10:34 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch, Tandem Haters Win Bud Shootout

Kyle Busch passed Tony Stewart heading to the finish line on the final lap and went on to win the Budweiser Shootout exhibition race for Sprint Cup cars at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.
The margin of victory was the narrowest in Shootout history – .013 seconds.
It was Busch’s first Shootout win and it came [...]

Lasoski Wins Again At Volusia
Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 – 10:01 | Comments Off

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It’s been quite a week for sprint car driver Danny Lasoski in Florida.
He picked up two big victories during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals present by Summit Racing at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, with the second one coming Saturday night. That second victory came in the first World of Outlaws race of the season.
“We had [...]

Forces Will Work Against Each Other Today In Arizona
Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Forces Will Work Against Each Other Today In Arizona

A couple of weeks ago, NHRA team-owner John Force, a man synonymous with racing Funny Cars, talked about his thought process pertaining to the decision to begin working on dragster.
A big reason for his interest, he said, was that he already had four Funny Cars on the track every weekend and that meant big odds [...]