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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

Revamped PIR Track Adds A Kink To The Chase
Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 – 10:21 | Comments Off
Revamped PIR Track Adds A Kink To The Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
After virtually every Nationwide or Camping World Truck series race, drivers who are also competing in that weekend’s Sprint Cup race are asked “the lame one”. That is, they are asked what they learned during the companion race that will help them in the Cup race.
But following Saturday’s NNS race [...]

Pedregon Hoping To Cut Down The Big Guys
Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 – 8:56 | Comments Off
Pedregon Hoping To Cut Down The Big Guys

For the most part, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has evolved into a situation that race fans worldwide know all too well: Big money, multi-car teams have left the small-budget, owner/driver teams fighting for the scraps.
But today at  the historic Pomona dragstrip, Cruz Pedregon and the team he owns and runs will make [...]

Final Fields Are Set In Pomona
Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 – 21:52 | Comments Off
Final Fields Are Set In Pomona

RacinToday.com
Del Worsham raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Saturday during rain-shortened qualifying at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona.
Matt Hagan, Mike Edwards and Andrew Hines also were qualifying leaders at the season-ending race of the 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
Worsham powered his [...]

Did Busch Receive Lifetime Achievement Penalty?
Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 – 9:17 | Comments Off
Did Busch Receive Lifetime Achievement Penalty?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On the day he announced that Kyle Busch would be parked for purposely wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr., NASCAR president Mike Helton said the driver’s controversial past had nothing to do with the penalty.
Some in the garages at Phoenix International Raceway this week don’t seem to believe that.
The Busch-Hornaday incident occurred [...]

Pedley: Something’s Sour About Mars’ Decision
Friday, Nov 11, 2011 – 10:56 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Something’s Sour About Mars’ Decision

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There’s something disturbing about Thursday’s decision by Kyle Busch’s sponsor to remove itself from the No. 18 car for the final two Sprint Cup races of the season.
Something that is very revealing about how the sport of auto racing is evolving and something that could further sour NASCAR’s relationship with [...]

Pedley: Stewart Showing Points System Is Half Bad
Monday, Nov 7, 2011 – 17:14 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Stewart Showing Points System Is Half Bad

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Second Day Lede
Some random thoughts on the third-to-last – and possibly most bizarre – week of the Sprint Cup season:
Tony Stewart has won half of the eight Chase races and he’s still second in points to Carl Edwards who has won zero Chase races and just one race the [...]

Race Day: Is The Chase A Duet Or A Quintet?
Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 – 10:16 | Comments Off
Race Day: Is The Chase A Duet Or A Quintet?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If you believe the hype coming into today’s AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, there are only two drivers left in contention for this year’s championship. But who believes that hype?
Counting today’s race, there are three events left in the season. And there are five drivers [...]

Pedley: Stewart Vs. Edwards Shaping Up Nicely
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 – 8:30 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Stewart Vs. Edwards Shaping Up Nicely

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It wasn’t boxing’s version of a televised challenge – the kind where two unemployables stand nose-to-nose in front of cameras, flanked by thug cretin promoters who are more adept at butchering the English language and the assumption that human kind is moving in a forward direction than they are at
advacing [...]

Some Will Push Darn Hard To Wear The Crown
Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 – 9:09 | Comments Off
Some Will Push Darn Hard To Wear The Crown

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
An interesting question made the rounds during Friday’s “hauler chats” at Martinsville Speedway as several Chase drivers were asked how far they would go to win a championship.
The tone of the answers seemed to be: Pretty far.
Some of the answerers would not rule out spinning out fellow competitors to get [...]

The Day Roush Racing Teammates Had At It
Saturday, Oct 29, 2011 – 10:01 | Comments Off
The Day Roush Racing Teammates Had At It

It was a scene so bizarre, so out of character, so disturbing that few who saw it will ever forget it. That includes those who lived it.
Now, four years later, the participants apparently have gotten over it and the result could be the winning of the 2011 Sprint Cup championship for one of them.
The scene [...]