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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

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. [...]

Meyers Wins Again At The Grove
Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 – 9:21 | Comments Off

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Jason Meyers dominated the night before the 49th Annual Morgan Hughes National Open on Friday night.
Meyers led all 25 circuits around the paper clip shaped half mile to score his sixth win of the season, including his second in a row at Williams Grove.
“We’ve been looking at the stat columns and the only one we [...]

Pedley: Jimmie Hunters Think They’ve Found Gold
Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Pedley: Jimmie Hunters Think They’ve Found Gold

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The Jimmie hunters have found their crack.
It took 26.5 races and they needed electronic listening devices to accomplish their mission, but the folks who spend way too much time searching for signs that this is the year that Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team fail to win [...]

Pedley: Drivers Should Act Like They Care
Friday, Sep 30, 2011 – 7:35 | Comments Off
Pedley: Drivers Should Act Like They Care

It’s not just fuel tanks which are running low in races these days in Sprint Cup. Civility and decorum also appear to be down to fumes.
And that’s great. Great for fans and great for the sport.
A couple weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway, Chase driver Tony Stewart talked about how in Sprint Cup on-track respect has [...]