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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

Logano Has Arrived As A Sprint Cup Driver
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 – 12:26 | 2 Comments
Logano Has Arrived As A Sprint Cup Driver

Joey Logano still looks like he just stepped off the set of a John Hughes movie: He still looks like he should be kicked out of a kegger by jocks flaunting their high school letter jackets. That’s why it’s so hard to believe that we’ve been asking Logano questions about his progress toward maturity for [...]

Long List Of Suspects To Grill After Fontana
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 – 10:06 | One Comment
Long List Of Suspects To Grill After Fontana

So, wrong tires, bad decisions by teams or a race track in need of a new surface? The correct answer – though not one that those wanting to pick a fight on this one will want to hear – is: Yes.
NASCAR’s latest tire drama was one which featured three anti-heroes.
Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at [...]

Kyle Busch Keeps Tires On Car, Wins Fontana
Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 – 17:36 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Keeps Tires On Car, Wins Fontana

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch held off rookie Kyle Larson to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Busch, who took the lead by passing brother Kurt Busch and Kurt’s boss Tony Stewart on the final lap after a green/white/checkered restart, became the fifth winner in five Cup [...]

Race Wins Are Nice But Not Yet Necessary
Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 – 12:32 | Comments Off
Race Wins Are Nice But Not Yet Necessary

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Not yet. And probably not for several more months if at all. That seems to be the view on when the Sprint Cup Series’ new win-oriented points format will kick teams and drivers into desperation mode.
So said six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on Friday at Auto Club Speedway, site of [...]

Look For Montoya To Win Quickly In New Ride
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 – 8:30 | Comments Off
Look For Montoya To Win Quickly In New Ride

Unimpressed. That’s a pretty good way to describe Juan Pablo Montoya as he has made his way through the American auto racing scene. Not really aloof or bored, but unimpressed.
He was that way when he got out of a CART car after logging his first test laps at the dangerously tricky oval at Gateway near [...]

Kalitta Wins Gatornationals
Monday, Mar 17, 2014 – 2:43 | Comments Off
Kalitta Wins Gatornationals

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Doug Kalitta raced to his first victory of the season Sunday at the NHRA Gatornationals at historic Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.
Robert Hight (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Kalitta gained revenge from Phoenix, defeating Antron Brown in the [...]

Rahal Loves His Bumpy Relationship With Sebring
Friday, Mar 14, 2014 – 10:57 | Comments Off
Rahal Loves His Bumpy Relationship With Sebring

The racing surface at Sebring is really old concrete that is so hard and bumpy that it wins most of its battles against steel and carbon fiber racecar parts. It sits on land that is flat as a butch block, and the sandy Central Florida grit surrounding the circuit clogs parts and intensifies the corners.
Sebring [...]

Verizon Becomes Title Sponsor of IndyCar Series
Friday, Mar 14, 2014 – 8:58 | Comments Off
Verizon Becomes Title Sponsor of IndyCar Series

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INDYCAR announced today a multi-year entitlement agreement with Verizon that will see the North America open-wheel racing championship named the Verizon IndyCar Series.
“Verizon is delighted to become the title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series and to bring even more of our innovative technology to the fans, to the teams and to the entire motorsports [...]

Penske’s Quick Start Signals Move To The Top Tier
Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 – 19:35 | 2 Comments
Penske’s Quick Start Signals Move To The Top Tier

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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For those who followed open-wheel and sports car racing, Roger Penske’s fortunes as a team owner in NASCAR were tough to comprehend.
The man who had spun gold in racing series which depended upon major amounts of high technology and demanded time-piece precision, couldn’t consistently fit together championship pieces in the [...]

New Points Format Shakes Earth – Or Does It?
Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 – 8:14 | 2 Comments
New Points Format Shakes Earth – Or Does It?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s era of big changes has faced high levels of criticism from the paying customers. But there is one change that was made for the 2014 season that some say just might be capable of cross-generational appeal.
It’s a tweaking of the points format and it was aimed squarely at a [...]