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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

Schrader’s Take On His Sport: Just Race, Baby
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 – 8:14 | One Comment
Schrader’s Take On His Sport: Just Race, Baby

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Nevada Speedway in central Missouri is less than 100 miles from Kansas City’s tall buildings, hip nightspots, five-star restaurants and magnificent NASCAR facility. But Neveda’s dirt track is also several decades away from Kansas City.
Nevada is the kind of race track which is more about race than track. The Modifieds [...]

Ganassi: Franchitti ‘Heartbroken’ By Forced Retirement
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 – 15:22 | Comments Off
Ganassi: Franchitti ‘Heartbroken’ By Forced Retirement

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Chip Ganassi knew something very not good was up when he got a call from Scotland earlier this week. Not good became awful as soon as the IndyCar team owner heard the tone of the voice of the person who was calling him.
The voice belonged to driver Dario Franchitti and [...]

Chasers Know The Score When Chasing Jimmie
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 – 10:14 | Comments Off
Chasers Know The Score When Chasing Jimmie

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is a segment of auto racing fandom which Jimmie Johnson will never win over. No matter what Johnson says, does or wins, there are fans who will never be able to bring themselves to admit that the five-time champion belongs in the historical company of seven-time champions Dale Earnhardt [...]

Injured Franchitti Says Driving Career Is Over
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 – 16:26 | Comments Off
Injured Franchitti Says Driving Career Is Over

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Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Dario Franchitti announced today Franchitti will be unable to continue his auto racing career.
Franchitti was injured earlier this year in a wreck in Houston.
“Since my racing accident in Houston,” Franchitti, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and a four-time IndyCar Series champion, “I have been in the expert care of some [...]

Quiet Kenseth Refuses To Give Too Much Away
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 – 9:36 | Comments Off
Quiet Kenseth Refuses To Give Too Much Away

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Back in the day when such things were still allowed, a “sit-down” interview was held with Matt Kenseth in his hauler in the infield of a NASCAR track. Kenseth’s PR rep was more than happy to set the thing up. Kenseth, still a couple years away from winning the 2003 [...]

Top Fuel Title Is Next Item On Langdon’s Itinerary
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 – 15:34 | Comments Off
Top Fuel Title Is Next Item On Langdon’s Itinerary

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Monday’s telephone call from Shawn Langdon came a little bit later than originally scheduled. Seems a mis-reading of a travel itinerary had resulted in a missed flight, a chaotic scramble for another and, of course, the exploding of his whole day.
And all to start off what he admitted was the [...]

Chase Blues: Gordon Wrecks, Edwards Explodes At Texas
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 – 17:20 | Comments Off
Chase Blues: Gordon Wrecks, Edwards Explodes At Texas

It appears that Jeff Gordon’s pursuit of a fifth career Sprint Cup championship is over for the time being.
Also over is Carl Edwards’ bid to win his first championship.
Gordon, who had moved to third in this year’s Chase with a victory last weekend in Martinsville, wrecked early in Sunday’s event at Texas Motor Speedway.
The trouble [...]

Jeb Burton Trucks To TMS Pole
Friday, Nov 1, 2013 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Jeb Burton Trucks To TMS Pole

Rookie Jeb Burton captured the pole position for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 during Friday’s Pinnacle Propane Qualifying Days at Texas Motor Speedway.
Burton (No. 4 Arrowhead Chevrolet) posted a lap of 181.129 miles per hour to earn his series-leading seventh pole of the season. It also is his third pole [...]

October Blahs Take Beatings From Vegas To India
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 – 9:05 | Comments Off
October Blahs Take Beatings From Vegas To India

Late October. Generally, a rather unexceptional time of the year. Halloween? Pretty good time for little kids and raging alcoholics. The World Series? Again, a rather unexceptional time of the year, except for little kids and raging boors.
Even for race fans late October can be dreary. Sports cars and IndyCar is over, short tracks have/will [...]

Harvick Apologizes For Nasty Words About Dillons
Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 – 13:37 | One Comment
Harvick Apologizes For Nasty Words About Dillons

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick apologized on Sunday for comments he made after Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series Race at Martinsville Speedway. His reason, he said, for taking a major shot at team owner Richard Childress and his racing grandsons: heat of the moment.
“I think there was just a lot of emotion involved,” [...]