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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

NASCAR To Look Into “Fishy” Finish At Richmond
Friday, Sep 16, 2011 – 10:45 | Comments Off
NASCAR To Look Into “Fishy” Finish At Richmond

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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JOLIET, Ill. – NASCAR president Mike Helton said Friday at Chicagoland Speedway that series officials will be looking into what has been called a “fishy” finish at last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.
Prompting the investigation by NASCAR was a spin by Richard Childress Racing driver Paul Menard late [...]

NHRA Top Fuel Playoffs Could Be A Free-For-All
Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 – 9:09 | Comments Off
NHRA Top Fuel Playoffs Could Be A Free-For-All

In a way, watching the NHRA Top Fuelers the last decade or so has been kind of fun. You got to see Tony Schumacher make history as he stacked Wallys like cord wood, and then you got to witness the classic Schumacher vs. Larry Dixon head-to-headers.
But missing from Top Fuel has been the kind of [...]

Drag Racer Dies At Rockingham
Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 – 8:00 | Comments Off

A 51-year-old drag racer was fatally injured driving an Extreme Pro Stock 2007 Pontiac GTO during the third qualifying session of the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Dragstock VIII at Rockingham Dragway on Friday evening.
Burt Jackson, of Glen Allen, Va., was pronounced dead shortly afterward by a medical examiner at nearby First Health Richmond Memorial [...]

Pedley: Final Thoughts On Racing And America
Friday, Sep 9, 2011 – 9:06 | One Comment
Pedley: Final Thoughts On Racing And America

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This is America. Americans do not need to appear before government officials unless they are arrested or subpoenaed or need to renew their drivers’ licences. And the Sprint Cup drivers who decided to pass on invitations to the White House this week are Americans.
And yes, they are busy. They have [...]

Pedley: Atlanta A High Point Of A Great Season
Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 – 12:34 | Comments Off
Pedley: Atlanta A High Point Of A Great Season

Events at Atlanta Motor Speedway over the extended Labor Day weekend graphically put on display what many of us believe to be is wrong with the on-track NASCAR product this year – nothing.
Racing in Sprint Cup, especially, has never been better. It has never been as competitive, it has never been as exciting. It has [...]

Race Day (Again): Stewart Is On The Spot At AMS
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 – 7:00 | One Comment
Race Day (Again): Stewart Is On The Spot At AMS

With just two races to go before the Chase – starting with Today’s postponed-by-wet-weather AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway – the scramble for final berths is still on.
That’s especially true for the two wild card berths and that situation will undoubtedly not be unscrambled until the checkered flag waves at Richmond next weekend.
And while [...]

Antron Brown Is The Big Man At The ‘Big Go’
Monday, Sep 5, 2011 – 17:34 | Comments Off
Antron Brown Is The Big Man At The ‘Big Go’

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Antron Brown beat Del Worsham in the final round to win his first Mac Tools U.S. Nationals championship on Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.
The victory in drag racing’s biggest event is a first for the Don Schumacher Racing driver in Top Fuel, though he had won before in Pro Stock Motorcycles.
Also winning Monday [...]

Hornaday Wins Atlanta Truck Race
Friday, Sep 2, 2011 – 21:01 | Comments Off
Hornaday Wins Atlanta Truck Race

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Ron Hornaday Jr. inherited the lead when a group of several drivers ahead of him had to pit for gas during the final 20 laps and went on to win the Good Sam Club 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday night.
“I’ll take them anyway I can get them,” [...]

Kansas Speedway Announces New Dates
Friday, Sep 2, 2011 – 15:17 | Comments Off
Kansas Speedway Announces New Dates

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Kansas Speedway officials announced the dates of their two 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends on Friday.
The spring event weekend has been moved from early June to April to ensure the recently announced track improvements – including a repaving and reconfiguration of banking – are completed.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns with the inaugural SFP [...]

Capps Hopes To Cap Comeback At U.S. Nationals
Friday, Sep 2, 2011 – 9:11 | Comments Off
Capps Hopes To Cap Comeback At U.S. Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It hasn’t been a call-the-Feds-worthy disappearance, but Ron Capps’ drop from sight on Sundays was sudden and mysterious. Fortunately for the 46-year-old NHRA Funny Car driver, it appears he is re-emerging and at exactly the right time.
When the pro cars fire up for the first round of qualifying tonight at [...]