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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

Sadler Holds On To Win Talladega NNS Race
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 19:06 | Comments Off
Sadler Holds On To Win Talladega NNS Race

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Elliott Sadler survived/won Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
Sadler, for whom it was his 10th series victory, led nine times for a race-best 40 laps.
“We stayed on the bottom (on a final restart), stuck to our guns, David Ragan did a good job of pushing us and we were able to [...]

Montoya To Return To Sprint Cup For Team Penske
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 – 9:59 | Comments Off
Montoya To Return To Sprint Cup For Team Penske

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Juan Pablo Montoya’s NASCAR days are, it seems, far from over.
Team Penske announced Wednesday, that Montoya, who left NASCAR following the 2013 season and is now driving full time for the Penske IndyCar program, will drive one of its cars in two Sprint Cup races in 2014.
And no, those races [...]

Hunter-Reay Hunts Down Victory At Barber Motorsports Park
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 – 20:06 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay Hunts Down Victory At Barber Motorsports Park

Ryan Hunter-Reay sped past leader Will Power, who scooted of the track with about and hour and 16 minutes to go, and went on to win Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
The win was the second straight at the Barber road course for the Andretti Autosport driver.
Sunday’s was Hunter-Reay’s ninth [...]

Anderson Returns To Car; Smile Returns To Face
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 – 14:49 | Comments Off
Anderson Returns To Car; Smile Returns To Face

Greg Anderson didn’t set any records during Friday’s opening rounds of Pro Stock qualifying in Baytown, Texas. In fact, he didn’t even crack the top-list of qualifiers. But the veteran Summit Racing driver was left wearing a smile as big as he would have wore had he won an NHRA championship.
The reason was that Anderson, [...]

Lines Which Racing Series Can’t Afford To Cross
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 – 8:26 | One Comment
Lines Which Racing Series Can’t Afford To Cross

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A friend asked the other day: What’s the big deal about the sound of the new Formula One engines? Who the hell cares what kind of sound engines make?
The answers is: Race fans the hell care. A lot. And not just the purist of the pure. Fans – and not [...]

Don’t Confuse Haas With Past U.S. F1 Wannabes
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 – 8:40 | 6 Comments
Don’t Confuse Haas With Past U.S. F1 Wannabes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Gene Haas is well aware of recent efforts by Americans to assemble Formula One teams. He is equally aware of the failures and borderline deceptiveness of those efforts and he thoroughly understands the skepticism that those failures have created among American fans.
So during a lengthy teleconference on Monday, Haas, who [...]

Logano Has Arrived As A Sprint Cup Driver
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 – 12:26 | 2 Comments
Logano Has Arrived As A Sprint Cup Driver

Joey Logano still looks like he just stepped off the set of a John Hughes movie: He still looks like he should be kicked out of a kegger by jocks flaunting their high school letter jackets. That’s why it’s so hard to believe that we’ve been asking Logano questions about his progress toward maturity for [...]

Long List Of Suspects To Grill After Fontana
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 – 10:06 | One Comment
Long List Of Suspects To Grill After Fontana

So, wrong tires, bad decisions by teams or a race track in need of a new surface? The correct answer – though not one that those wanting to pick a fight on this one will want to hear – is: Yes.
NASCAR’s latest tire drama was one which featured three anti-heroes.
Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at [...]

Kyle Busch Keeps Tires On Car, Wins Fontana
Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 – 17:36 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Keeps Tires On Car, Wins Fontana

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kyle Busch held off rookie Kyle Larson to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Busch, who took the lead by passing brother Kurt Busch and Kurt’s boss Tony Stewart on the final lap after a green/white/checkered restart, became the fifth winner in five Cup [...]

Race Wins Are Nice But Not Yet Necessary
Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 – 12:32 | Comments Off
Race Wins Are Nice But Not Yet Necessary

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Not yet. And probably not for several more months if at all. That seems to be the view on when the Sprint Cup Series’ new win-oriented points format will kick teams and drivers into desperation mode.
So said six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on Friday at Auto Club Speedway, site of [...]