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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

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 [...]

Shootout Should Be Informative, Entertaining
Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 – 13:24 | Comments Off
Shootout Should Be Informative, Entertaining

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Budweiser Shootout is not really one of those events that prompts people to hold watch parties. It’s main allure has been that it kind of, sort of kicks off the new NASCAR season.
It’s been kind of a meet-and-greet from afar for fans and competitors.
It’s featured confusing, revolving entry criteria, [...]

Pedley: A 500 Win Makes Stewart A First-Ballot Pick
Friday, Feb 17, 2012 – 11:06 | Comments Off
Pedley: A 500 Win Makes Stewart A First-Ballot Pick

Tony Stewart is, right now, just one race victory away from being worthy of election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame the first time he becomes eligible.
And he could get that one victory next Sunday in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Stewart’s NASCAR resume is eerily quiet for a guy who can be so [...]

They’re Talking Racin’ Today Down In Daytona
Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 – 10:45 | Comments Off
They’re Talking Racin’ Today Down In Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Media Day for Speedweeks is off and running in Daytona Beach today. Most of the top drivers in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks series are sitting down for, and putting up with, questions from media members.
Here are some questions and answers from the interview sessions:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., [...]

Lucas Oil Adds Pro Stocker Brogdon
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Lucas Oil Adds Pro Stocker Brogdon

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Lucas Oil’s NHRA organization has added Pro Stock driver Rodger Brogdon and his MAVTV/Lucas Oil/Charter Communications Pontiac GXP.
“It’s very exciting for us to be joining with Forrest, Charlotte and Morgan Lucas,” Brogdon said. “They are such a great family and the support and love they’ve shown for drag racing is tremendous. It’s an honor.”
Partnering with [...]

Pedley: 12 Topics Which Will Define NASCAR In ‘12
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 – 11:26 | One Comment
Pedley: 12 Topics Which Will Define NASCAR In ‘12

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinTdoay.com
A quick check of the topstoryometer shows that the 2012 NASCAR season should feature a wealth of immenently interesting subplots.
Only a couple are mega and capable of pegging the holygeezometer, but quantity promises to make up for a dearth of quality.
Here is a rough list of sidebar offerings that will [...]

Pedley: Doping Out Week 1 Of The NHRA Season
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 – 12:36 | One Comment
Pedley: Doping Out Week 1 Of The NHRA Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Looking back at last weekend’s season-opening NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, the view from here indicates that:
– Spencer Massey has the makings of being an all-timer.
Pass after pass, qualifying and eliminations, Massey impressed in Top Fuel. His most impressive moment was the run when the front wheels lifted, [...]