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
The Second Day Lede:
Kurt Busch was in anything but a win it or wreck it mood the middle of last week. In fact, light and laid back, he was barely in a Kurt Busch mood.
Perhaps it was the hunting trip he had been on at a private farm in central Kansas. Or maybe the thick, [...]
Sunday eliminations of the Auto Plus® NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway have been postponed due to weather in the Reading area. Rain and a forecast for more severe weather Sunday forced NHRA officials to postpone the completion of event.
Eliminations for the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will continue Monday, Oct. 3 beginning with Pro [...]
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
This morning, it’s two down, eight to go in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. One-fifth of the way through. Whacked-out, bizarro-world events yet to go in a sport in which blind circumstance plays a much bigger role than does skill in determining outcomes.
But sports fans being human and [...]
Will Power earned his series record-tying eighth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season and set a two-lap track qualifying record in the process at 219.283 mph (48.5948 seconds).
Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon – the others eligible for the driver championship – will start 11th and seventh, respectively. Franchitti’s crew changed [...]
Carl Edwards led 179 of 200 laps to win Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Edwards sealed the win by pulling away from second-place Brad Keselowski and third-place Clint Bowyer after the final restart of the race, which came on lap 168.
“Today I had a very fast car,” Edwards said. [...]
Jason Meyers dominated the night before the 49th Annual Morgan Hughes National Open on Friday night.
Meyers led all 25 circuits around the paper clip shaped half mile to score his sixth win of the season, including his second in a row at Williams Grove.
“We’ve been looking at the stat columns and the only one we [...]
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The Jimmie hunters have found their crack.
It took 26.5 races and they needed electronic listening devices to accomplish their mission, but the folks who spend way too much time searching for signs that this is the year that Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team fail to win [...]
It’s not just fuel tanks which are running low in races these days in Sprint Cup. Civility and decorum also appear to be down to fumes.
And that’s great. Great for fans and great for the sport.
A couple weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway, Chase driver Tony Stewart talked about how in Sprint Cup on-track respect has [...]
Tires, suspension parts, cylinder heads, carburetors, performance-enhancing drugs and wings. Over the years, all these things and many more have taken their turns as objects of racing controversy. A couple weekends ago at Chicagoland Speedway, two-way radios took their turn.
The guess here is that the controversy over two-way radios has not been squelched for good.
Pattie Petty, philanthropist and wife of retired NASCAR driver and television analyst Kyle Petty, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She is being treated in Kansas City.
Petty, 60, suspected she had Parkinson’s in early 2010 when she began experiencing resting tremors and aching muscles – two symptoms her father suffered in the early stages of [...]