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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

Pattie Petty Being Treated For Parkinson’s
Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 – 7:08 | Comments Off
Pattie Petty Being Treated For Parkinson’s

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Pattie Petty, philanthropist and wife of retired NASCAR driver and television analyst Kyle Petty, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She is being treated in Kansas City.
Petty, 60, suspected she had Parkinson’s in early 2010 when she began experiencing resting tremors and aching muscles – two symptoms her father suffered in the early stages of [...]

Pedley: Is That A Body Lying Under The Bus?
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 – 8:55 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Is That A Body Lying Under The Bus?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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In today’s Morning Memo we find:
Dead Weight sleeps with the fishes.
Last Sunday’s Sprint Cup victory by Tony Stewart in New Hampshire came with a built-in mystery. A mystery complete with a John Doe victim.
Stewart himself prologued the mystery when he gave an excited, impassioned Victory Lane television interview after winning [...]

Race Day: Stewart Not Ready To Celebrate Yet
Sunday, Sep 25, 2011 – 8:44 | Comments Off
Race Day: Stewart Not Ready To Celebrate Yet

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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In the weeks leading up to this year’s Chase, Tony Stewart was doing his reverse-Polyanna thing. No way, he was telling people, that he had a shot at winning this year’s Sprint Cup championship.
Then came September and three straight top-seven finishes – finishes which were topped by the Chase-opening victory [...]

Saldana Wins Again At Eldora
Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 – 9:07 | Comments Off

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Joey Saldana returned to Eldora Speedway, site of some of his greatest victories and scariest crashes, with hopes of winning his second consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race since missing nine weeks to injury.
Saldana dominated once again, winning for the second time this season at the historic half-mile dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio.
Twice [...]

Andretti, Chevy To Team Up In 2012
Friday, Sep 23, 2011 – 19:54 | Comments Off
Andretti, Chevy To Team Up In 2012

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Andretti Autosport and Chevrolet announced today that the auto manufacturer will provide the Andretti Autosport entries with its new Chevy IndyCar V-6 racing engine for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
Andretti Autosport, led by team owner and CEO Michael Andretti, has recorded 39 victories in the IZOD IndyCar Series dating back to the team’s entry into [...]

Memo: Mileage Races Won’t Fuel Chase Excitement
Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 – 10:41 | 5 Comments
Memo: Mileage Races Won’t Fuel Chase Excitement

In today’s Morning Memo we find that:
The fuel-mileage element to NASCAR races is out of control.
Yes, the race to get to the checkered flag before the cars start stuttering and gasping and slowing can add an element of drama to race-track proceedings. Theatrical-like drama.
But lost in that drama are such things as, well, auto [...]

Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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JOLIET, Ill. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s optimism and good mood during Friday’s media gathering at Chicagoland Speedway almost seemed bizarre.
Yes, he was in the Chase and still mathematically involved in a run for the 2011 championship. But, come on: He was also having one of his typical Dale Earnhardt Jr. [...]

Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results
Sunday, Sep 18, 2011 – 12:27 | Comments Off
Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results

(Editor’s Note: The Geico 500 scheduled for Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway has been postponed until noon Eastern on Monday. Persistent rain forced the postponement.)
JOLIET, Ill. – This year’s edition of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship starts today in Chicago-ish. Though the field was determined with a new wild card format, it still features [...]

Keselowski wins NNS Race
Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 – 20:59 | Comments Off
Keselowski wins NNS Race

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Brad Keselowski won his third Nationwide race of the season and the 15th of his career, cruising to victory over Carl Edwards at Chicagoland Speedway.
Polesitter Brian Scott finished third, followed by Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. in a race that saw 10 cars finish on the lead lap. Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. kept [...]

Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move
Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 – 20:42 | Comments Off
Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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JOLIET, Ill. – Fans will see very, very few “caution: moose crossing” signs on the roads leading into this weekend’s Sprint Cup race. Local menus featuring “fresh lobster” should be eyed with healthy skepticism this weekend.
But this is indeed Week 27 in Cup. This is mid-September and this is the [...]