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
It was a scene so bizarre, so out of character, so disturbing that few who saw it will ever forget it. That includes those who lived it.
Now, four years later, the participants apparently have gotten over it and the result could be the winning of the 2011 Sprint Cup championship for one of them.
The scene [...]
Barring a minor miracle – and NASCAR rules have banned both minor and major miracles – Hendrick Motorsports will finish the 2011 Sprint Cup season sans a champion.
Or will it?
While Hendrick Chase drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have been all but eliminated from championship contention, the Hendrick-affiliated team of Tony Stewart [...]
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
It seems there are two ways to view NASCAR events at Talladega and Daytona: As races or, as something for entertainment purposes only. Watching Sunday’s Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega the verdict would have to be that it failed as the former [...]
NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 00, No. 47 and No. 56 Sprint Cup Series teams as a result of rule infractions discovered during opening day inspection Oct. 21 at Talladega Superspeedway.
All three cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR [...]
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was remembered at a public memorial service Sunday, Oct. 23 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday.
A large crowd, including Wheldon’s wife, Susie, and family, gathered to honor Wheldon, who suffered fatal injuries in a racing accident Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Speakers shared thoughts, memories, laughter and [...]
In Racin’ News today, Sunday, Oct. 23:
JTG Daugherty Racing owners Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty unveiled their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series plans for the 2012 season at a press conference at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
Driving for JTG Daugherty Racing again next season will be 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte.
“I like [...]
It’s never fun to be a non-Chase driver at this time of the year. It must really be a bummer when the Chase moves to Talladega Superspeedway and the top teams and drivers start making out their dance cards for the Sprint Car Samba.
It usually leaves the group of drivers that resides on the second [...]
Mark Winterbottom and Richard Lyons gave Ford Performance Racing its first win of the 2011 Australian V8 Supercars Championship at Surfers Paradise Sunday via a late-race pass in the Armor All Gold Coast 600.
Winterbottom, co-driver of the No. 5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon, out-braked the race-leading No. 88 TeamVodafone Holden Commodore of Jamie Whincup and [...]
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Looks like you can remove one X-Factor from the X-Factor Chase race: The new rules which NASCAR instituted for Sunday’s race at Talladega have apparently changed nothing.
That was the word from drivers after a couple of Friday practice sessions for the Sprint Cup race.
“I didn’t see anything any different,” driver [...]
At a time when many racing operations are scaling back, Kyle Busch has opted to ramp up as he announced Friday that the team he owns will field a full-time Nationwide Series effort next season.
Busch, whose Kyle Busch Motorsports team has been racing in the Camping World Truck Series the past couple years, made his [...]