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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

MWR Hopes Bowyer Is Just What It Needs
Friday, Oct 7, 2011 – 18:23 | 3 Comments
MWR Hopes Bowyer Is Just What It Needs

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Andy Graves was working at Hendrick Motorsports back in the early 1990s. It was a team that was pretty darn good in those days. But there might of have been something that was missing something. Like, one piece. Perhaps on the leadership front.
It all changed the [...]

Biffle Captures The Pole For Kansas Cup Race
Friday, Oct 7, 2011 – 17:28 | Comments Off
Biffle Captures The Pole For Kansas Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Greg Biffle won the pole on Friday afternoon for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.
Biffle, who missed out on this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, had a fast lap at 174.887 mph.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver has won twice at Kansas [...]

Stewart Says Consistency Is Elusive Prey In Cup
Friday, Oct 7, 2011 – 7:56 | Comments Off
Stewart Says Consistency Is Elusive Prey In Cup

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Surprise was not one of the things that Tony Stewart felt after following up two winning runs to start this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship by faltering in race No. 3 at Dover last Sunday.
Disappointment, yes, but surprise? Nope. Not these days.
These days, Stewart [...]

NHRA’s Hagan Hoping For A Happier Ending
Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 – 11:15 | Comments Off
NHRA’s Hagan Hoping For A Happier Ending

Matt Hagan didn’t really need to be interviewed in the moments after he lost the 2010 Funny Car championship to John Force at the season-ending race in Pomona. The nauseated look on Hagan’s face told the whole story.
There’s a new look on Hagan’s face these days, however. It’s the look of a driver who is [...]

Pedley: Thanks And Best Of Luck, Little Al
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 – 10:28 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Thanks And Best Of Luck, Little Al

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The story of the guy who may very well have been the best-ever American race car driver took another disappointing turn last week.
Al Unser Jr., it was reported, was in trouble again with the law and with alcohol. Seems he was caught while allegedly drag racing in his SUV near his [...]

Pedley: KuBu Gets A Monster Victory In Dover
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 – 6:28 | Comments Off
Pedley: KuBu Gets A Monster Victory In Dover

The Second Day Lede:
Kurt Busch was in anything but a win it or wreck it mood the middle of last week. In fact, light and laid back, he was barely in a Kurt Busch mood.
Perhaps it was the hunting trip he had been on at a private farm in central Kansas. Or maybe the thick, [...]

Rain Halts NHRA Eliminations At Maple Grove
Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 – 17:17 | One Comment
Rain Halts NHRA Eliminations At Maple Grove

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Sunday eliminations of the Auto Plus® NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway have been postponed due to weather in the Reading area. Rain and a forecast for more severe weather Sunday forced NHRA officials to postpone the completion of event.
Eliminations for the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will continue Monday, Oct. 3 beginning with Pro [...]

Race Day: The Sifting Process Is Under Way
Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 – 9:40 | Comments Off
Race Day: The Sifting Process Is Under Way

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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This morning, it’s two down, eight to go in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. One-fifth of the way through. Whacked-out, bizarro-world events yet to go in a sport in which blind circumstance plays a much bigger role than does skill in determining outcomes.
But sports fans being human and [...]

Power Earns Eight Pole of Season
Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 – 20:17 | Comments Off
Power Earns Eight Pole of Season

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Will Power earned his series record-tying eighth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season and set a two-lap track qualifying record in the process at 219.283 mph (48.5948 seconds).
Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon – the others eligible for the driver championship – will start 11th and seventh, respectively. Franchitti’s crew changed [...]

Edwards Takes NNS Victory At Dover
Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 – 17:50 | Comments Off
Edwards Takes NNS Victory At Dover

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Carl Edwards led 179 of 200 laps to win Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Edwards sealed the win by pulling away from second-place Brad Keselowski and third-place Clint Bowyer after the final restart of the race, which came on lap 168.
“Today I had a very fast car,” Edwards said. [...]