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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: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation
Friday, Nov 18, 2011 – 10:53 | Comments Off
Pedley: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation

Tony Stewart and the press corps which covers auto racing have always had a mutual enmity for each other. Encounters between Stewart and reporters can get quite tacky, but that’s going to happen when two entities who are, basically, defined by self righteousness come face to face 38 weekends a year.
On Thursday, however, Stewart used [...]

Chase Contenders Swap Barbs, Praise In Miami
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 – 17:21 | Comments Off
Chase Contenders Swap Barbs, Praise In Miami

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Mothers, perceived personality flaws, reporters and team orders: No subject was sacred during Thursday’s Sprint Cup championship contenders press conference in Miami Beach.
The annual presser, held on the Thursdays before the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featured just two contenders this year – points leader Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway [...]

Pedley: Stenhouse Jr. Gets Chance, Cashes In
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Pedley: Stenhouse Jr. Gets Chance, Cashes In

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes me wonder – wonder about things like potential, late bloomers, the economics of racing, luck and rapidly closing windows of opportunity.
Stenhouse heads to NASCAR’s season-ending weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway this week needing, basically, just to roll out of bed on Saturday morning to collect the Nationwide [...]

News Is Not Good For Anti-Tandem Types
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 – 19:57 | Comments Off
News Is Not Good For Anti-Tandem Types

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Not a fan of the tandem racing that has dominated racing at NASCAR’s restrictor plate tracks in recent years? Then you’re probably not going to like what Dale Earnhardt Jr. said after Tuesday’s aero testing at Daytona International Speedway.
It seems pairs racing is going to be with us for a [...]

Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned
Monday, Nov 14, 2011 – 11:04 | One Comment
Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Second Day Lede
With the shadows of the Sierra Estrella mountain range lengthening, and his race lead stabilized late Sunday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway, Tony Stewart appeared to be just 100 laps away from kicking Carl Edwards’ championship legs cleanly out from under him.
Then…racing happened.
A car that looked unbeatable, [...]

Jimmie Reflects On End Of The Run
Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 – 20:48 | One Comment
Jimmie Reflects On End Of The Run

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
One of the most impressive streaks in all of professional sports is officially over: Jimmie Johnson has been eliminated from contention for a sixth straight Sprint Cup championship.
Johnson’s reign came to an end Sunday when he finished 14th at the Kobalt 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
After the race, the Hendrick [...]

Revamped PIR Track Adds A Kink To The Chase
Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 – 10:21 | Comments Off
Revamped PIR Track Adds A Kink To The Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
After virtually every Nationwide or Camping World Truck series race, drivers who are also competing in that weekend’s Sprint Cup race are asked “the lame one”. That is, they are asked what they learned during the companion race that will help them in the Cup race.
But following Saturday’s NNS race [...]

Pedregon Hoping To Cut Down The Big Guys
Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 – 8:56 | Comments Off
Pedregon Hoping To Cut Down The Big Guys

For the most part, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has evolved into a situation that race fans worldwide know all too well: Big money, multi-car teams have left the small-budget, owner/driver teams fighting for the scraps.
But today at  the historic Pomona dragstrip, Cruz Pedregon and the team he owns and runs will make [...]

Final Fields Are Set In Pomona
Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 – 21:52 | Comments Off
Final Fields Are Set In Pomona

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Del Worsham raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Saturday during rain-shortened qualifying at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona.
Matt Hagan, Mike Edwards and Andrew Hines also were qualifying leaders at the season-ending race of the 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
Worsham powered his [...]

Did Busch Receive Lifetime Achievement Penalty?
Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 – 9:17 | Comments Off
Did Busch Receive Lifetime Achievement Penalty?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On the day he announced that Kyle Busch would be parked for purposely wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr., NASCAR president Mike Helton said the driver’s controversial past had nothing to do with the penalty.
Some in the garages at Phoenix International Raceway this week don’t seem to believe that.
The Busch-Hornaday incident occurred [...]