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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

Petty Hires Almirola Top Drive The No. 43 Ford
Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 – 20:30 | 2 Comments
Petty Hires Almirola Top Drive The No. 43 Ford

Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Aric Almirola will drive the legendary No. 43 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2012.
Almirola has made 35 starts in the Sprint Cup Series, his most recent stint coming in 2010 when he finished the last five races of the season in the No. 9 Ford. [...]

Bernstein To Drive For Lucas Oil
Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 – 19:30 | Comments Off
Bernstein To Drive For Lucas Oil

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Brandon Bernstein will drive the MavTV/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster for Morgan Lucas Racing beginning in 2012. He takes the seat of Shawn Langdon, who had driven the car the last three years.
“Brandon Bernstein is the total package,” Lucas said. “He brings an amazing presence, a professional attitude and a tremendous fan following to this [...]

Stewart Heads RacinToday.com 2011 All Pro Team
Monday, Jan 2, 2012 – 13:12 | One Comment
Stewart Heads RacinToday.com 2011 All Pro Team

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It wasn’t so much that Tony Stewart won the 2011 Sprint Cup championship which made his season so remarkable. It was how he did it – with a walk-off victory over second-place Carl Edwards in the final race of the year.
Dramatic much?
For both what and how he won his third [...]

Pedley: Off Season Means Too Much Time To Think
Friday, Dec 30, 2011 – 12:35 | Comments Off
Pedley: Off Season Means Too Much Time To Think

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some thoughts on a couple of off-season burgers that may have fallen through the grate:
– The SPEED television network’s series of pieces on the drivers who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January has been very good. They have been of the type of quality that [...]

Pedley: Montoya To Be On Watch List At Rolex
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 – 12:03 | One Comment
Pedley: Montoya To Be On Watch List At Rolex

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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After climbing out of his BMW Riley for the final time at last year’s Rolex 24, Juan Pablo Montoya cut loose with jokes. Jokes about his aggressive driving style and on-track tactics. Jokes that produced more innovative curse words than laughs in the paddock at Daytona International Speedway.
Jokes whose punchlines, [...]

Pedley: We May Not Have Heard The Last Of Busch
Monday, Dec 26, 2011 – 15:04 | 4 Comments
Pedley: We May Not Have Heard The Last Of Busch

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Those NASCAR fans out there who are, this week, thinking that the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship has seen the last of Kurt Busch, may want to re-think. Busch may soon be back in the championship mix and, quite possibly, as soon as the 2012 season.
Because like it or not, [...]

Pedley: Allmendinger Finally Finds Stability
Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 – 10:37 | Comments Off
Pedley: Allmendinger Finally Finds Stability

AJ Allmendinger has long been on this unwritten list of drivers that I keep. The list that is filed under the heading of “Wonder What They Could Do If They Drove For A Top Team?”
On Wednesday, the Allmendinger file was moved to the “Now We’ll Find Out” folder.
That’s because, of course, the young Californian was hired [...]

Allmendinger Replaces Kurt Busch At Penske Racing
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 – 11:54 | One Comment
Allmendinger Replaces Kurt Busch At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Penske Racing has named AJ Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch as the driver of the team’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Allmendinger, competed in the Cup Series for Richard Petty Motorsports, is coming off a season that saw him finish 15th in the series [...]

Pedley: Championship Party Has Been Subdued
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 – 10:03 | Comments Off
Pedley: Championship Party Has Been Subdued

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The timing of Tuesday’ media teleconference with Dario Franchitti and Chip Ganassi offered the first reminder that 2011 was anything but a business-as-usual racing season for the IndyCar Series: It was a presser with the championship winners and was held two months after the season ended.
Then there was the tone [...]

Muscle Milk Teams Up With Honda
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Muscle Milk Teams Up With Honda

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Muscle Milk Pickett Racing announced it has turned to Honda Performance Development for the upcoming American Le Mans Series season and will run the HPD ARX-03a in the LMP1 class.
The team will continue to have Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr drive its cars.
“We’re very proud to announce this deal with HPD as we feel confident [...]