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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

Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s optimism and good mood during Friday’s media gathering at Chicagoland Speedway almost seemed bizarre.
Yes, he was in the Chase and still mathematically involved in a run for the 2011 championship. But, come on: He was also having one of his typical Dale Earnhardt Jr. [...]

Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results
Sunday, Sep 18, 2011 – 12:27 | Comments Off
Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results

(Editor’s Note: The Geico 500 scheduled for Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway has been postponed until noon Eastern on Monday. Persistent rain forced the postponement.)
JOLIET, Ill. – This year’s edition of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship starts today in Chicago-ish. Though the field was determined with a new wild card format, it still features [...]

Keselowski wins NNS Race
Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 – 20:59 | Comments Off
Keselowski wins NNS Race

RacinToday.com
Brad Keselowski won his third Nationwide race of the season and the 15th of his career, cruising to victory over Carl Edwards at Chicagoland Speedway.
Polesitter Brian Scott finished third, followed by Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. in a race that saw 10 cars finish on the lead lap. Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. kept [...]

Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move
Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 – 20:42 | Comments Off
Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – Fans will see very, very few “caution: moose crossing” signs on the roads leading into this weekend’s Sprint Cup race. Local menus featuring “fresh lobster” should be eyed with healthy skepticism this weekend.
But this is indeed Week 27 in Cup. This is mid-September and this is the [...]

Menard-Gate Brings Up Whispered Questions
Friday, Sep 16, 2011 – 18:06 | 3 Comments
Menard-Gate Brings Up Whispered Questions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – You can debate  the worthiness of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s popularity among fans, and you can debate the issue of just how far this acorn fell from its tree. But you can not debate Earnhardt Jr.’s frankness when it comes to answering controversial questions.
That became evident once again [...]

Racin’ News: Bowyer In Talks With Waltrip
Friday, Sep 16, 2011 – 12:47 | One Comment
Racin’ News: Bowyer In Talks With Waltrip

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In Racin’ News Today, Friday, Sept. 16:
JOLIET, Ill. – Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip each confirmed Friday that they are engaged in talks to put Bowyer in the seat of a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota next year.
Bowyer told RacinToday, “Obviously, yes, we are talking to him. But, there [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]