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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: 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
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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 [...]

Will A Stewart Victory Be A Shared Victory?
Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 – 11:13 | Comments Off
Will A Stewart Victory Be A Shared Victory?

Barring a minor miracle – and NASCAR rules have banned both minor and major miracles – Hendrick Motorsports will finish the 2011 Sprint Cup season sans a champion.
Or will it?
While Hendrick Chase drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have been all but eliminated from championship contention, the Hendrick-affiliated team of Tony Stewart [...]

Pedley: Still Not Sure What It Is We Were Watching
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 – 10:54 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Still Not Sure What It Is We Were Watching

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
It seems there are two ways to view NASCAR events at Talladega and Daytona: As races or, as something for entertainment purposes only. Watching Sunday’s Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega the verdict would have to be that it failed as the former [...]

NASCAR Issues Suspensions
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 – 7:08 | One Comment
NASCAR Issues Suspensions

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NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 00, No. 47 and No. 56 Sprint Cup Series teams as a result of rule infractions discovered during opening day inspection Oct. 21 at Talladega Superspeedway.
All three cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR [...]

Wheldon Remembered At Public Service
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 – 18:23 | Comments Off
Wheldon Remembered At Public Service

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Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was remembered at a public memorial service Sunday, Oct. 23 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday.
A large crowd, including Wheldon’s wife, Susie, and family, gathered to honor Wheldon, who suffered fatal injuries in a racing accident Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Speakers shared thoughts, memories, laughter and [...]