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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

Gaughan To Drive For Childress
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 – 19:28 | Comments Off
Gaughan To Drive For Childress

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Brendan Gaughan will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet of Richard Childress Racing in 10 races on the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Gaughan will also drive in eight races on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule, driving RCR’s No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado.
Gaughan, 36, is the 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the [...]

Another Season, Another Challenge For Taylor
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 – 14:13 | Comments Off
Another Season, Another Challenge For Taylor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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An ever-so-slight hint of exasperation tinged Ricky Taylor’s voice as he talked about this week’s Rolex GRAND-AM Series test at the Daytona road course. Yet another challenge was blitzing the young sports car driver and his career, and the 22-year-old sounded ready but cautious on the other end of the [...]

Pagenaud To Drive IndyCars For Sam Schmidt
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 – 13:30 | Comments Off
Pagenaud To Drive IndyCars For Sam Schmidt

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Frenchman Simon Pagenaud will be the driver of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) Honda-powered Dallara in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, team owner Sam Schmidt announced today during a press conference in Indianapolis.
SSM team manager Rob Edwards and Pagenaud joined Schmidt at the press conference in the Indiana Convention Center during the International Motorsports Industry [...]

Ford Out As Hamlin’s Crew Chief
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 – 18:59 | Comments Off
Ford Out As Hamlin’s Crew Chief

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mike Ford has been released from his duties as crew chief for its No. 11 Sprint Cup Series team.
“Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates what Mike has done for our organization over the past six seasons as crew chief with our No. 11 team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe [...]

Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 – 11:34 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A couple of years back, an old friend in racing suddenly disappeared from a job he had landed with the team for which Kurt Busch was driving.
When next I ran into that person, an old racing hand who been through the wars, I asked; what up?
The normally low-key guy pulled [...]

Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing
Monday, Dec 5, 2011 – 9:38 | 3 Comments
Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have split.
The team made the announcement this morning on its website, calling the split a mutual decision.
The story on the site read in part:
“Penske Racing announced today that it has reached a mutual agreement with driver Kurt Busch to end its driver/race team relationship, effective [...]

Trade Shows Indicate Shift of Interest For Racers?
Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 – 18:51 | 2 Comments
Trade Shows Indicate Shift of Interest For Racers?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The popular notion about automobile racing in the United States is that the sport has peaked and is currently in a state of contraction. And when it comes to the top tier of racing – the kind featured in big media – that may be true.
But some connected to the [...]

Teen Armstrong Wins Turkey Night GP
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 – 8:02 | Comments Off
Teen Armstrong Wins Turkey Night GP

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Caleb Armstrong won the 71st running of the Mopar USAC National and Western Midget Series Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale half-mile.
The 19-year old from New Castle, Indiana became the tenth different TNGP winner in 13 races at the Speedway since the track opened in 1999. The seventh fastest qualifier in [...]

Pedley: Las Vegas Maturing As A Banquet Site
Monday, Nov 28, 2011 – 12:50 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Las Vegas Maturing As A Banquet Site

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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At hand is Year No. 3 of the Sprint Cup Series’ awards banquet’s move to Las Vegas and I’m still trying to figure out which is better: Holding the annual event in New York, where it was laughingly out of place but oddly appealing, or in Vegas, which is culturally [...]

Pedley: Cup Crew Chiefs Must Have Varied Skills
Sunday, Nov 27, 2011 – 11:42 | One Comment
Pedley: Cup Crew Chiefs Must Have Varied Skills

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A knowledge of physics (formal and/or job-nurtured), management skills, the ability to think on the run and the ability to deal with the media are a couple of the obvious traits required to be a Sprint Cup crew chief.
Then there are a couple more traits that are of increasing importance: [...]