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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

Dixon Starts Hot In Arizona
Friday, Oct 14, 2011 – 21:37 | Comments Off
Dixon Starts Hot In Arizona

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Larry Dixon won the provisional pole in Top Fuel in Friday’s first rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Raceway near Phoenix.
Also winning provisional poles Friday were Cruz Pedregon in Funny Car, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcyles.
Pedregon took the provisional top spot in the field [...]

Pedley: I’m Pretty Sure This Chase Is A Good One
Friday, Oct 14, 2011 – 14:31 | Comments Off
Pedley: I’m Pretty Sure This Chase Is A Good One

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This weekend, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship reaches its half way point, 47 points separate the first-place driver from the second-place driver.
What I can’t seem to figure out is: Is the lead just 47 points or is it a whopping 47 points. That’s right, still can’t get a [...]

Pedley: Is NASCAR Ready To Start Thinking Small?
Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 – 7:07 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Is NASCAR Ready To Start Thinking Small?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When unveiled two decades ago, the NASCAR series which races facsimiles of pickup trucks was greeted with a massive rolling of eyes. It seems that Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports, is more than ready to face another round of eye rolling.
In a motorhome in the infield at Kansas [...]

Kansas Holds Its Own In Odd Occurrences Dept.
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 – 9:18 | Comments Off
Kansas Holds Its Own In Odd Occurrences Dept.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Mornin’ Memo today:
Tri-ovaled with medium banking and 1.5 miles around, Kansas Speedway is often cited as the cookie-cutter’s cookie-cutter race track. And that implies, of course, bland, soulless racing.
And while Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 did feature a heaping helping of run-and-hide racing at the [...]

Johnson Powers To Victory At Kansas Speedway
Monday, Oct 10, 2011 – 16:52 | Comments Off
Johnson Powers To Victory At Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jimmie Johnson had a dominating car at Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon and he used it to win the fourth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Johnson led 197 of the green/white/checkered restart-extended race, beating Kasey Kahne to the finish line by .548 seconds.
The victory moved Johnson from fifth [...]

Brian France Q and A
Sunday, Oct 9, 2011 – 11:30 | Comments Off
Brian France Q and A

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France participated in a question and answer session at Kansas Speedway on Sunday morning.
The following is a transcript of that session:
Q. There’s been a lot of talk about the companion series, Nationwide and truck, returning to the roots, going to Rockingham. Is there an [...]

Race Day: List of Chase Favorites Is Taking Shape
Sunday, Oct 9, 2011 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Race Day: List of Chase Favorites Is Taking Shape

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Counting today’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, seven races remain in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Mathematically, none of the 12 drivers in the playoff have been eliminated.
But lists of favorites to win the championship are under construction.
Some of the faves love being [...]

Keselowski Breezes To Easy Kansas NNS Victory
Saturday, Oct 8, 2011 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Keselowski Breezes To Easy Kansas NNS Victory

KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Brad Keselowski won the Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon and won it with ease.
The Penske Racing driver led all but 29 laps of the 200-lap race. It was his fourth victory of the season in the series.
Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing finished second – a [...]

RCR-Bowyer Divorce Is Kind Of An Odd One
Saturday, Oct 8, 2011 – 14:34 | 11 Comments
RCR-Bowyer Divorce Is Kind Of An Odd One

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Friday’s press conference to announce that Clint Bowyer had signed to drive for Michael Waltrip Racing beginning next season looked pretty standard. Joking driver, praise-gushing owner and optimistic sponsor.
But there was something just a little bit odd going on. The smell test on this deal produced [...]

Edwards Takes NNS Pole
Saturday, Oct 8, 2011 – 10:16 | Comments Off
Edwards Takes NNS Pole

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing won the pole for Saturday afternoon’s Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday morning.
Edwards had a fast lap of 171.521 mph at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing was second fastest with a lap at 171.282 mph.
Third fastest was Ryan Truex in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. [...]