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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

Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 – 11:34 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of years back, an old friend in racing suddenly disappeared from a job he had landed with the team for which Kurt Busch was driving.
When next I ran into that person, an old racing hand who been through the wars, I asked; what up?
The normally low-key guy pulled [...]

Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing
Monday, Dec 5, 2011 – 9:38 | 3 Comments
Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have split.
The team made the announcement this morning on its website, calling the split a mutual decision.
The story on the site read in part:
“Penske Racing announced today that it has reached a mutual agreement with driver Kurt Busch to end its driver/race team relationship, effective [...]

Trade Shows Indicate Shift of Interest For Racers?
Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 – 18:51 | 2 Comments
Trade Shows Indicate Shift of Interest For Racers?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The popular notion about automobile racing in the United States is that the sport has peaked and is currently in a state of contraction. And when it comes to the top tier of racing – the kind featured in big media – that may be true.
But some connected to the [...]

Teen Armstrong Wins Turkey Night GP
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 – 8:02 | Comments Off
Teen Armstrong Wins Turkey Night GP

RacinToday.com
Caleb Armstrong won the 71st running of the Mopar USAC National and Western Midget Series Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale half-mile.
The 19-year old from New Castle, Indiana became the tenth different TNGP winner in 13 races at the Speedway since the track opened in 1999. The seventh fastest qualifier in [...]

Pedley: Las Vegas Maturing As A Banquet Site
Monday, Nov 28, 2011 – 12:50 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Las Vegas Maturing As A Banquet Site

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
At hand is Year No. 3 of the Sprint Cup Series’ awards banquet’s move to Las Vegas and I’m still trying to figure out which is better: Holding the annual event in New York, where it was laughingly out of place but oddly appealing, or in Vegas, which is culturally [...]

Pedley: Cup Crew Chiefs Must Have Varied Skills
Sunday, Nov 27, 2011 – 11:42 | One Comment
Pedley: Cup Crew Chiefs Must Have Varied Skills

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A knowledge of physics (formal and/or job-nurtured), management skills, the ability to think on the run and the ability to deal with the media are a couple of the obvious traits required to be a Sprint Cup crew chief.
Then there are a couple more traits that are of increasing importance: [...]

Pedley: Did Perfect Storm Cost Edwards His Shot?
Saturday, Nov 26, 2011 – 10:40 | 5 Comments
Pedley: Did Perfect Storm Cost Edwards His Shot?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is zero doubt that the level of competition in the Sprint Cup Series is at an all-time high. So high that each and every week, there are 20 or more cars and drivers on the track which are capable of winning races. So high that no teams or drivers [...]

NASCAR Fines Kurt Busch $50K
Friday, Nov 25, 2011 – 18:01 | One Comment
NASCAR Fines Kurt Busch $50K

NASCAR has fined Kurt Busch $50,000 for his actions during the Nov. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR determined that Kurt Busch, who drives the No. 22 car for Penske Racing, violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing – inappropriate hand gesture; abusive language) of the 2011 NASCAR Rule Book.

The [...]

Pedley: Will Stewart’s Reign Help Revive NASCAR?
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 – 10:54 | 5 Comments
Pedley: Will Stewart’s Reign Help Revive NASCAR?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson was still a couple of championships shy of the five in a row he would eventually win when a couple of reporters approached Richard Petty in the infield at Daytona.
Petty was, as absolutely always, unconcerned about how his answers to questions would be received by the rest of [...]

Busch Loses Crew Chief; Prompts Team Apology
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 – 16:49 | One Comment
Busch Loses Crew Chief; Prompts Team Apology

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch has gone through another crew chief and, apparently, has used up more good will on his Penske Racing team.
The team announced Tuesday that Steve Addington, which whom Busch has feuded during radio communication in races, will not return as Busch’s crew chief next season.
Penske Racing also issued an [...]