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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: Kyle Busch Had Big Feats In Kentucky
Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 – 10:30 | Comments Off
Pedley: Kyle Busch Had Big Feats In Kentucky

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Second Day Lede:
Kyle Busch led the most laps and won the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway Saturday evening. But the Quaker State 400 may have been only his second best ride of the weekend.
Here are Busch’s top three NASCAR races at Kentucky ranked in order of impressiveness:
1. The [...]

Race Day: Cup Moves Into New Kentucky Home
Saturday, Jul 9, 2011 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Race Day: Cup Moves Into New Kentucky Home

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Surface opinions surfaced this weekend in the garages at Kentucky Speedway, site of tonight’s Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race. Opinions on the racing surface at Kentucky, which is hosting is first Sprint Cup race tonight, and opinions on the surface at Kansas Speedway.
The opinions were prompted by bumps in 10-year-old [...]

Meyers Gets First Outlaws Win
Saturday, Jul 9, 2011 – 7:50 | Comments Off

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Defending World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers snapped a season-long victory drought on Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., and wound up on top of the series point standings at the same time.
Using his third consecutive front-row starting spot, Meyers earned the first victory of his career at Cedar Lake and [...]

Memo: It’s Called Racing, Not Branding
Friday, Jul 8, 2011 – 18:14 | 3 Comments
Memo: It’s Called Racing, Not Branding

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Friday Morning Memo today:
Rather quietly last week, NASCAR met with its race teams and some media to explain a series of marketing studies and initiatives designed to increase the sport’s fanbase.
The explanation of the initiatives included all the latest business-speak buzz terms.
A piece in [...]

Sauter On Kentucky Pole
Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 – 16:53 | Comments Off
Sauter On Kentucky Pole

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Johnny Sauter on Thursday afternoon won the pole for Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Sauter’s pole-winning lap for the UNOH 225 was at 174.109 mph.
Second fastest was Austin Dillon with a lap at 173.
Nelson Piquet Jr. was third and Elliott Sadler fourth.
Rookie Parker Kligerman was fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 were [...]

Kansas Speedway To Get Major Facelift In 2012
Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 – 15:37 | Comments Off
Kansas Speedway To Get Major Facelift In 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Kansas Speedway has received permission from parent company International Speedway Corp. to undertake a “massive” revamping of it’s 10-year-old racing facility.
The project will include a reconfiguring of its 1.5-mile tri-oval, a re-excavating and resurfacing of the track and the construction of an infield road-racing course.
“Essentially,” Kansas Speedway [...]

Pedley: Super Weekend Creates Some Sadness
Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 – 8:36 | One Comment
Pedley: Super Weekend Creates Some Sadness

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As a race fan, I’m happy about Wednesday’s announcement that the Sprint Cup weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will become a quadruple-header in 2012. As a Race Fan, I’m saddened by the announcement.
The announcement, of course, was that the Nationwide Series race which has tradtionally been held at quaint, intimate [...]

IndyCar Back To Fontana, But Will Bernard Be Back To IndyCar?
Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011 – 10:58 | One Comment
IndyCar Back To Fontana, But Will Bernard Be Back To IndyCar?

The INDYCAR Series has announced that it will return to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. in 2012.
But unless this year’s season-ending race is a Nielsen Ratings success, the man who negotiated the open-wheel series’ return to Auto Club may not be around to see the race as Randy Bernard, the chief executive officer of INDYCAR, [...]

Pedley: Roush’s Faith In Youth Now Paying Off
Sunday, Jul 3, 2011 – 11:53 | Comments Off
Pedley: Roush’s Faith In Youth Now Paying Off

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jack Roush is a results guy. He’s not in NASCAR for the money or the glamour. He’s certainly not in it to make friends.
His business decisions are built around improving results on the track and when a Roush Fenway Racing decision is not resulting in improvement – or even if [...]

Pedley: The 2001 400 Was Fix Free
Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 – 12:35 | 2 Comments
Pedley: The 2001 400 Was Fix Free

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first victory at Daytona International Speedway was unbelievable. Seriously. Literally. The circumstances of that victory were so bizarre that some in the garages, and many in the media and grandstands, thought the race was fixed.
They thought the fact that Earnhardt won the race on his first trip [...]