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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

Courtney Force Moves Up To Nitro Funny Car
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 – 16:31 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Moves Up To Nitro Funny Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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John Force Racing announced Tuesday that Courtney Force, youngest daughter of team owner John Force, will drive a fuel Funny Car for the team during the upcoming NHRA season.
She will drive a Ford Mustang tuned by veteran Ron Douglas. It will be sponsored by Traxxas, a Texas company which got [...]

Pedley: Wallace Troubles Are A Troubling Sign
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 – 11:24 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Wallace Troubles Are A Troubling Sign

A couple of thoughts on the racin’ news of last couple of days:
Rusty Wallace is one of NASCAR’s original salesmen. Back in the day when he drove for Roger Penske, the man could push product like few before him and, perhaps, only Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards in the years since.
The fact that he [...]

Leffler To Drive Truck For Kyle Busch
Monday, Jan 9, 2012 – 17:36 | Comments Off
Leffler To Drive Truck For Kyle Busch

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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Jason Leffler will be the primary driver of the team’s No. 18 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2012 season.
Leffler will be behind the wheel for at least 14 races this season, beginning with the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Dollar General will serve as [...]

Kurt Busch To Drive NNS For Phoenix
Monday, Jan 9, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch To Drive NNS For Phoenix

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Phoenix Racing announced Monday that in addition to running the complete NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with Kurt Busch, they will field the No. 1 Chevrolet in a limited amount of NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
The first of those races will be in February at Daytona.
The team plans on running all major events and are looking [...]

Tagliani To Drive Herta Lotus In 2012
Monday, Jan 9, 2012 – 8:18 | Comments Off
Tagliani To Drive Herta Lotus In 2012

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Bryan Herta Autosport has announced that Alex Tagliani will drive the team’s entry in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
In 2011, the veteran Canadian driver earned back-to-back pole positions; first during the 95th running of the historic Indy 500 and then at Texas Motor Speedway.
Last week, the team announced a joint venture with Bowen & Bowers [...]

Corvettes Roar Loudest At Testing For Daytona 24
Sunday, Jan 8, 2012 – 19:13 | Comments Off
Corvettes Roar Loudest At Testing For Daytona 24

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Max Angelelli ran the fastest lap of the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 test session on Sunday morning with a lap of 126.712 mph in the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP co-driven by Ricky Taylor and Ryan Briscoe.
The new Corvette DPs took the top five places at the test, [...]

Racing Wizards Brought Out From Behind Curtain
Sunday, Jan 8, 2012 – 10:20 | 2 Comments
Racing Wizards Brought Out From Behind Curtain

Want to waste a good 15 minutes some day? Try telling a stick-and-ball loser that racing is as big of a team sport as is basketball or football. More of a team sport than baseball. Then get ready for some really comical indignation.
Fact is, of course, team work is more important to success in racing [...]

Mark Martin To Drive For Gibbs In NNS
Friday, Jan 6, 2012 – 17:05 | Comments Off
Mark Martin To Drive For Gibbs In NNS

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that Mark Martin will drive the Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Las Vegas in March.
“We’ve always hoped to have the opportunity for Mark to drive for us and to have him behind the wheel of our Interstate Batteries Toyota for the Nationwide race [...]

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 [...]