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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

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
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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
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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 [...]

JTG Daugherty Unveils 2012 Plans
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 – 13:15 | One Comment
JTG Daugherty Unveils 2012 Plans

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In Racin’ News today, Sunday, Oct. 23:
JTG Daugherty Racing owners Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty unveiled their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series plans for the 2012 season at a press conference at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
Driving for JTG Daugherty Racing again next season will be 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte.
“I like [...]

Race Day: Everybody Needs Somebody At Talladega
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 – 9:45 | Comments Off
Race Day: Everybody Needs Somebody At Talladega

It’s never fun to be a non-Chase driver at this time of the year. It must really be a bummer when the Chase moves to Talladega Superspeedway and the top teams and drivers start making out their dance cards for the Sprint Car Samba.
It usually leaves the group of drivers that resides on the second [...]

Winterbottom, Lyons Win Gold Coast 600
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Winterbottom, Lyons Win Gold Coast 600

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Mark Winterbottom and Richard Lyons gave Ford Performance Racing its first win of the 2011 Australian V8 Supercars Championship at Surfers Paradise Sunday via a late-race pass in the Armor All Gold Coast 600.
Winterbottom, co-driver of the No. 5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon, out-braked the race-leading No. 88 TeamVodafone Holden Commodore of Jamie Whincup and [...]

New Rules But Business As Usual At Talladega
Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 – 8:18 | One Comment
New Rules But Business As Usual At Talladega

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Looks like you can remove one X-Factor from the X-Factor Chase race: The new rules which NASCAR instituted for Sunday’s race at Talladega have apparently changed nothing.
That was the word from drivers after a couple of Friday practice sessions for the Sprint Cup race.
“I didn’t see anything any different,” driver [...]