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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

Dan Wheldon Killed In IndyCar Wreck In Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct 16, 2011 – 17:00 | Comments Off
Dan Wheldon Killed In IndyCar Wreck In Las Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Driver Dan Wheldon was killed in a horrific wreck that occurred just after the start of Sunday’s season-ending IndyCar Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Fifteen cars were involved in the wreck. Several launched high into the air and some burst into flames during the wreck, which occurred [...]

Hornaday Wins Second Straight In Vegas
Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 – 20:55 | Comments Off
Hornaday Wins Second Straight In Vegas

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Kevin Harvick Ind. driver Ron Hornaday Jr. held off  Matt Crafton on Saturday and earned his second Camping World Truck Series victory in a row and the 51st of his career in the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hornaday, 53, led 107 of the 146 laps and notched his first victory in 11 starts [...]

Race Day: Will Jimmie Get A Helping Hand?
Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 – 15:28 | Comments Off
Race Day: Will Jimmie Get A Helping Hand?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Suddenly, and thanks to a victory last weekend at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson is again the hot pick to win the 2011 Sprint Cup championship. Should things pan out, the championship would be the sixth straight for Johnson.
And should he win the sixth-straight championship, Johnson would be in line to [...]

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 [...]