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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

2011 Hall Vote Is Today
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 – 8:04 | One Comment
2011 Hall Vote Is Today

Charolotte, N.C. – Election Day has arrived and it has nothing to do with things so trivial as taxes and global warming. Today, the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 will be chosen.
Among the 25 candiates are past Cup champions like Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough; short-track aces like Jerry Cook and Richie Evans; [...]

Race Day: Shifty Characters On Track At Pocono
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 – 9:30 | Comments Off
Race Day: Shifty Characters On Track At Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Add to shift or not to shift to the list of decisions teams and drivers competing in today’s 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway will be facing.
That’s because the gearing which NASCAR has selected for the race will facilitate shifting gears.
There are positives to changing gears at [...]

Surviving Audi Wins Le Mans
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 – 8:02 | Comments Off
Surviving Audi Wins Le Mans

Audi’s long, scary weekend at Le Mans ended in joy Sunday when the R18 TDI of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and  Marcel Fassler won the 2011 edition of the 24-hour race which is  the most prestigious in sports car racing.
The victory was particularly sweet after the factory-backed Audi team lost its two other cars in horrific [...]

Project 56 Will Wing Its Way To Le Mans
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 15:24 | 2 Comments
Project 56 Will Wing Its Way To Le Mans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
While the concept of delta-wing race cars failed to move INDYCAR officials, it had the opposite effect on officials who conduct the most important sports car race in the world.
As a result, some of the biggest names in American motor sport will join forces and head to the 24 Hours [...]

Sauter Is Sitting On Top Of The Camping World
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 10:17 | One Comment
Sauter Is Sitting On Top Of The Camping World

Kansas City, Kan. – It was a confused and uncertain Johnny Sauter who stood toeing the asphalt in the Kansas Speedway garages in April of 2010. He was confused and uncertain about his future as a NASCAR driver.
So unhappy was he that he was thinking exit strategies. Perhaps go back to Wisconsin and become a [...]

Pedley: Crime And Punishment NASCAR Style
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 – 12:13 | 7 Comments
Pedley: Crime And Punishment NASCAR Style

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Penalties generally have two purposes: To penalize and to send a message. The penalties issued to Richard Childress by NASCAR on Monday failed to do the first and, unfortunately, wildly accomplished the second.
Prompting the issuance of penalties were Childress’ actions in the Camping World Truck Series [...]

Pedley: Where Have We Seen This Behavior Before?
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 – 7:37 | 8 Comments
Pedley: Where Have We Seen This Behavior Before?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Maybe it’s the clothes he wears, or the way he combs hair, that makes fans want to tell him they don’t care. Whatever, Kyle Busch is just not some people’s style.
Which is a puzzling shame.
Puzzling? It is for me.
NASCAR is a sport which did, does and [...]

Transcript: Mike Helton On Altercation At Kansas Speedway
Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 – 11:37 | 3 Comments
Transcript: Mike Helton On Altercation At Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan. – NASCAR president Mike Helton met the press in the Kansas Speedway media center on Sunday morning. The subject was the altercation which occurred between driver Kyle Busch and team-owner Richard Childress following Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.
The following is the compete transcript of Helton’s press conference:
MIKE HELTON: Good morning. Let [...]

NASCAR Clears Busch In Brawl With Childress
Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 – 9:31 | Comments Off
NASCAR Clears Busch In Brawl With Childress

Kansas City, Kan. – Any penalties handed out by NASCAR as a result of Saturday afternoon’s physical confrontation at Kansas Speedway will be to team-owner Richard Childress. Kyle Busch apparently will not be sanctioned for his part in the confrontation.
That was what NASCAR president Mike Helton told the media during a brief press conference on [...]

SunTrust Makes It Two Straight In Grand-Am
Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 – 20:54 | Comments Off
SunTrust Makes It Two Straight In Grand-Am

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Ricky Taylor held off Scott Pruett by 3.839 seconds Saturday to win the 30th Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Taylor was joined by Max Angelelli in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara, winning his second consecutive Rolex Series race from the pole.
Pruett and Memo Rojas were seeking their fourth consecutive victory in the event – the [...]