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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: 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
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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 [...]

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
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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 [...]