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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

Injury Sidelines IndyCar’s Hawksworth At Pocono
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Injury Sidelines IndyCar’s Hawksworth At Pocono

RacinToday.com
British rookie Jack Hawksworth will not compete in Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway because of a head injury.
INDYCAR announced that Hawksworth has been diagnosed with a myocardial contusion suffered in an incident July 5 during the second practice session for the Pocono INDYCAR 500.
Hawksworth was evaluated at the infield care center by INDYCAR [...]

Daytona Cup Race Postponed
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 – 21:14 | Comments Off
Daytona Cup Race Postponed

Rain forced postponement of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The race has been rescheduled to start Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
NASCAR officials made the decision shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday.
When the race does begin, pole sitter David Gilliland in the Love’s Travel Stops Ford will share the [...]

Daytona Gives Minor Teams A Major Opportunity
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 – 10:44 | Comments Off
Daytona Gives Minor Teams A Major Opportunity

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The new Chase rules, with its win-and-your-in format, has made the playoffs extremely accessible to the Sprint Cup Series’ traditional have-nots. And plate racing, with its bizarre capriciousness, has made winning extremely possible for the have-nots.
So, for a lot of the teams and drivers in the far ends of the [...]

Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be
Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 – 20:04 | Comments Off
Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Those hoping that Ryan Newman would declare that his third-place finish in last Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Kentucky represented a first step on his way to the 2014 series championship, left Sparta disappointed.
About the most promising thing they heard Newman say after he had posted his best finish [...]

Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 – 20:32 | Comments Off
Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission

Juan Pablo Montoya is a veteran of racing at the three-cornered Pocono Raceway. Just not in an Indy car, which is precisely what he will be driving at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track.
Montoya’s experience at Pocono has been restricted to stock cars – 3,400-pound, low downforce Chip Ganassi Racing Sprint Cup cars to be precise.
This [...]

Keselowski Was Bloody Serious After Kentucky
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 – 16:37 | One Comment
Keselowski Was Bloody Serious After Kentucky

Every day of the week, adrenal glands turn solidly grounded people into fools. They tend to over-rev ambition and loosen the tongue. Last Saturday night in Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway, it appeared Brad Keselowski’s adrenal gland was setting him up for some major “I said what?” next-morning moments.
And an hour later, after plenty of [...]

Tudor Sports Cars To Visit The Glen For The First Time
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 – 11:55 | Comments Off
Tudor Sports Cars To Visit The Glen For The First Time

The Tudor United SportsCar Championship Series returns to racing this weekend with the annual 6-hour endurance race at wonderful old Watkins Glen International. The event not only marks the half way point of the season, it also is the third race of the four-race Patron North American Endurance Cup.
The event will feature all four [...]

Busch Streaks On With Truck Win At Kentucky
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 – 6:26 | Comments Off
Busch Streaks On With Truck Win At Kentucky

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Kyle Busch dominated Thursday night’s UNOH 225 Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway to get his fifth victory in five starts this season.
“Tonight was great,” Busch, who started the race from the pole, said.  “It’s a great opportunity to drive good equipment and good stuff, and I’m really proud that my name is [...]

Cup Drivers Ready For Bumpy Ride At Kentucky
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 – 15:13 | Comments Off
Cup Drivers Ready For Bumpy Ride At Kentucky

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Matt Kenseth spent a sizable chunk of this week’s Sprint Cup media teleconference talking about the bumps at Kentucky Speedway. Lots of tracks have bumps, Kenseth said, but Kentucky is “really, really bumpy”. Two “reallys”, which for low-key Kenseth is like five “reallys” for drivers with more effervescent personalities.
Drivers [...]

Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win
Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fact: NASCAR drivers extract a lot of pride from winning road races. It tends to make them feel like complete competitors.
Carl Edwards got the first road course win of his career Sunday after he jumped to the lead in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on a restart [...]