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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Harvick Busts Atlanta Motor Speedway Slump
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Harvick Busts Atlanta Motor Speedway Slump
Harvick Busts Atlanta Motor Speedway Slump

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It took Kevin Harvick 17 years to get his second NASCAR Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway but when he secured that win on Sunday, it came with considerable ease and a bit of emotion.
Harvick, whose first win at AMS came in his first race after taking the driver’s […]

Crashweeks Hopefully Gives Way To Real Racing At Atlanta
Friday, Feb 23, 2018 – 15:28 | Comments Off on Crashweeks Hopefully Gives Way To Real Racing At Atlanta
Crashweeks Hopefully Gives Way To Real Racing At Atlanta

If it is true that people only watch automobile races to see the crashes, then the recently concluded Speedweeks was a smashing success. If, on the other hand, people think that driving talent, skill, strategy and applied technology make for compelling racing, last weekend was a crashing bore.
Let’s start with the 500, the marquee event […]

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Car Win The ’18 Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 – 18:46 | Comments Off on Austin Dillon, No. 3 Car Win The ’18 Daytona 500
Austin Dillon, No. 3 Car Win The ’18 Daytona 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Austin Dillon, driving the No. 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet which Dale Earnhardt drove to victory 20 years ago, took the lead on the final lap of overtime and went on to win the NASCAR Cup Series biggie, the Daytona 500, on Sunday.
The final lap was the only one Dillon led.
“It […]

Media Days Come, Go, And Stay The Same
Friday, Feb 16, 2018 – 18:12 | Comments Off on Media Days Come, Go, And Stay The Same
Media Days Come, Go, And Stay The Same

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Media Day for Speedweeks was held Wednesday. Never fun, seldom insightful, occasionally entertaining and often embarrassing, the 2018 edition of the gathering produced more of the same.
For example?
No kidding, somebody asked this of Alex Bowman, new driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy: “Do you feel like you’ve inherited […]

Live Broadcasting And Drag Racing Not A Good Fit
Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 – 9:32 | Comments Off on Live Broadcasting And Drag Racing Not A Good Fit
Live Broadcasting And Drag Racing Not A Good Fit

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was extremely heartening a couple of years ago when it was announced that the great product that the NHRA puts on the track would finally, finally, get its due from a broadcast partner. Fox Sports would replace ESPN as that partner in 2016 and the promise of watchable drag […]

Rolex 24 Notes: ESM Arrives On A Roll
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 – 13:12 | Comments Off on Rolex 24 Notes: ESM Arrives On A Roll
Rolex 24 Notes: ESM Arrives On A Roll

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If momentum means anything in auto racing, the Tequila Patron ESM team should be something to watch in this coming weekend’s Rolex 24 IMSA WeatherTech series race at Daytona International Speedway.
ESM Nissan Onroak DPi cars won two of the final three races in 2017 – at Road America in Elkhart Lake, […]

Gurney An Easy Choice For Racing’s Mt. Rushmore
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 – 10:32 | Comments Off on Gurney An Easy Choice For Racing’s Mt. Rushmore
Gurney An Easy Choice For Racing’s Mt. Rushmore

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
 
The news of Dan Gurney’s passing over the weekend re-fired a raging and often hostile debate between me, myself and I which seems to flare whenever something of major auto racing significance makes headlines.
It’s the debate about which four American drivers are most deserving of having their visages cut into […]

Alonso Takes To The DIS High Banks
Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 – 9:34 | Comments Off on Alonso Takes To The DIS High Banks
Alonso Takes To The DIS High Banks

The Americanization of Spanish driver Fernando Alonso continued on Friday when the two-time Formula One world champion took his first laps in a sports car during the Roar Before the 24 practice at Daytona International Speedway.
Loved it, Alonso, who is co-piloting the No. 23 United Autosports Ligier LM P2 car, said after his initial laps.
“It […]

Pruett Says His Career Will End After The ’18 Rolex
Friday, Jan 5, 2018 – 16:32 | Comments Off on Pruett Says His Career Will End After The ’18 Rolex
Pruett Says His Career Will End After The ’18 Rolex

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For Scott Pruett, a sixth Rolex 24 victory would be great but a seventh is not in the cards as the veteran American sports car driving ace announced Friday that he will retire following this year’s endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway.
Pruett, who is 58 years old, announced that he […]

Porsche Bosses Talk About End Of The 919s
Monday, Dec 11, 2017 – 15:59 | Comments Off on Porsche Bosses Talk About End Of The 919s
Porsche Bosses Talk About End Of The 919s

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Five years ago, when it was announced that Porsche was re-entering cars in the prototype division of the World Endurance Championship, sports car freaks freaked out. The news was as important as it was exciting to a sport that was having as many downs as up worldwide.
Even competitors from opposing […]