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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

Tasca In Hang-On Mode As U.S. Nationals Begin
Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 – 11:39 | Comments Off
Tasca In Hang-On Mode As U.S. Nationals Begin

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Big events tend to produce big pressure for athletes. For that reason, NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III should theoretically being going through double hell this weekend.
Beginning Friday, Tasca will be driving his Ford Mustang in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Ind. – [...]

Newman on Cup Pole At Bristol
Friday, Aug 26, 2011 – 19:50 | Comments Off
Newman on Cup Pole At Bristol

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Ryan Newman on Friday won the pole for Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Newman edged Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards (122.670 mph) and Matt Kenseth (122.662 mph) for the top starting spot in Saturday night’s race, the 24th event on the Cup schedule.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon (122.576 mph) and Mark [...]

Pedley: Danicamania Is A Troubling Sign For Auto Racing
Friday, Aug 26, 2011 – 7:37 | 13 Comments
Pedley: Danicamania Is A Troubling Sign For Auto Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is zero doubt that Danica Patrick’s announcement of her future plans on Thursday morning was mega-huge American auto racing news. It’s just kind of sad that it was mega-huge news.
It gives a clear barometric reading about the state of American auto racing and that reading is depressing.
Depressing in that [...]

Danica: Hello Fenders, Good-Bye Paddocks
Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 – 11:07 | Comments Off
Danica: Hello Fenders, Good-Bye Paddocks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Danica Patrick’s plans for the future are now officially set and it translates into good news for NASCAR and bad news for the IndyCar Series.
At a press/teleconference held in Patrick’s current hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz. on Thursday morning, Patrick said she would exit the IndyCar Series that she has been [...]

Pedley: Busch Will Stumble All The Way To Title
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 – 12:41 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Busch Will Stumble All The Way To Title

Maturity is a character trait the visibility of which comes and goes. For virtually all people, you know? People who act extremely mature and responsible over their Cobb salad at lunch can be seen jamming french fries up their nose at dinner.
True, age does tend to decrease the frequency of fry-jammings, but it does not [...]

Panel Upholds New Hampshire IndyCar Finish
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 – 10:49 | Comments Off
Panel Upholds New Hampshire IndyCar Finish

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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INDYCAR announced today that the top three finishing positions of the Aug. 14 MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would stand as ruled on race day.  As a result, Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport will go down as winner of the event.
The announcement came after a ruling Wednesday [...]

Kyle Busch Wins Fourth Race Of The Season
Monday, Aug 22, 2011 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Fourth Race Of The Season

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kyle Busch passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 12 laps to go, survived a green/white/checkered restart and went on to win the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
The victory was No. 4 on the season for Busch and allowed him to pad his points lead.
It was his first [...]

Pedley: Danica Questions Are Getting Irksome
Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 – 9:30 | 9 Comments
Pedley: Danica Questions Are Getting Irksome

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Want to incur the wrath of a Sprint Cup driver these days? Ask about Danica Patrick.
That’s because while some fans and, basically, everybody with a notebook or microphone in hand wants to know about the IndyCar femme’s future, drivers are getting darn sick of the topic and the questions.
Like Tony Stewart, co-owner/driver [...]

Race Day: Watching Others Fight Can Be Big Fun
Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Race Day: Watching Others Fight Can Be Big Fun

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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BROOKLYN, Mich. – The biggest, most important struggle for Sprint Cup drivers these days is not to be No. 1 in points. It’s to get into the Chase. And for those who can’t get into the Chase on points, it’s to be in the top 20 with a victory or [...]

Ambrose Wins In Montreal
Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 – 16:46 | One Comment
Ambrose Wins In Montreal

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Marcos Ambrose probably did not win many friends on Saturday but he did win the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
Ambrose, who won last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at the Watkins Glen road course, got the victory Satuday despite being involved in a wreck and payback with local favorite Jacques Villeneuve and [...]