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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

Pressure Eases As Al-Anabi Cars Make Field
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 – 9:42 | Comments Off
Pressure Eases As Al-Anabi Cars Make Field

A lot of eyes have been on the Al-Anabi RacingvTop Fuel cars this weekend at the NHRA season-opening Winternationals, and for a lot of reasons.
What those eyes saw on Saturday was just one round of qualifying (the second was cancelled by rain) but enough speed to qualify for Sunday’s eliminations on the part of both [...]

NHRA Notes: Summit Heads Toward The Top
Saturday, Feb 11, 2012 – 9:15 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Summit Heads Toward The Top

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Summit Racing operation looked very little like the Summit Racing operation during Thursday’s opening round of qualifying at the 2012 NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals. But during Friday’s second round at Pomona, Ken Black’s Pro Stock teams ignited.
Defending class champion Jason Line moved from 12th to fourth in Round [...]

NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes
Friday, Feb 10, 2012 – 9:45 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes

On her first day as a real-gosh-darn NHRA Funny Car driver, Courtney Force showed speed. And, she showed savvy.
Her 4.21 second/303.16 mph pass in the first round of qualifying for the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona was sixth fastest on the day. And it was just a blink slower than the one laid [...]

Waltrip Takes First Laps At Sebring
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 – 19:41 | Comments Off
Waltrip Takes First Laps At Sebring

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NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip’s foray into sports car racing continues this week when he tested at Sebring for next month’s annual 12-hour race.
Waltrip, who drove his first laps at Sebring on Thursday morning. The two-time Daytona 500 winner is eyeing his first start at the track following the second day of the annual Sebring Winter [...]

NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 – 11:14 | Comments Off
NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The 2012 NHRA Full Thottle Drag Racing Series season gets under way today with the start of the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
New faces have arrived, old faces have disappeared and other old faces have re-appeared. The most diverse series in all of auto racing will [...]

It’s Big-Jump Time for Top Fueler al Balooshi
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 – 12:37 | One Comment
It’s Big-Jump Time for Top Fueler al Balooshi

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Three years ago, when it was first suggested to Khalid alBalooshi that he should be sitting in a Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA by good friend and team-owner His Highness Sheik Khalid al Thani, it all ended with a laugh. The second time that suggestion was made, it ended [...]

Pedley: Kahne Set To Begin A Season Of Stability
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 – 11:57 | Comments Off
Pedley: Kahne Set To Begin A Season Of Stability

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kasey Kahne is the quiet type.  In tone and in volume. So it can be tough to get a solid read on his exact excitement levels when it comes to, well, basically, anything. It was that way a couple of days ago as he stood in [...]

Bowyer Feels Moving To MWR Is A Safe Bet
Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 – 15:31 | 3 Comments
Bowyer Feels Moving To MWR Is A Safe Bet

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Clint Bowyer thought it hilarious that the great blackjack hands he was pulling at a Kansas City casino last Thursday were somehow succumbing to even better hands on the part of the dealer. He did, after all, walk away from the table at the end of the day with a nifty [...]

France Kennedy, ISC Bring Hollywood To Kansas
Friday, Feb 3, 2012 – 16:20 | 3 Comments
France Kennedy, ISC Bring Hollywood To Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A freakily rare February lightening storm crawled into Kansas City on Friday morning. The big kind. The kind that kicks the danger factor of rush-hour  traffic up to absurd. The kind that can worry pilots and close airports.
Not the kind, however, that was going to turn [...]

Sports Car Notes: Marino Franchitti In Delta Wing
Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 – 16:54 | Comments Off
Sports Car Notes: Marino Franchitti In Delta Wing

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Sports Car Racing Notes:
Scottish sportscar ace Marino Franchitti has been selected as the first driver for the unique DeltaWing program that will debut at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Franchitti’s name was revealed today at the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) press conference that announced the entries for this year’s twice round-the-clock endurance classic.
Launched [...]