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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

Wiser Allgaier Speeding Back Toward Bright Future
Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 – 9:55 | Comments Off
Wiser Allgaier Speeding Back Toward Bright Future

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Forget shades. A year ago, Justin Allgaier’s future was so bright he had to wear a welder’s helmet.
In 2009, Driving a Penske Racing Nationwide Series car, he was piling up top-10 finishes but fast. He would end the season ranked sixth and points and was named rookie of the year.
2010 [...]

Pedley: A Debate Club Meeting, NASCAR Style
Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Pedley: A Debate Club Meeting, NASCAR Style

We’ve all seen replays of the finish of the Sprint Cup race at Talladega like, what, 23 times now. And a great finish it is.
Eight top drivers and eight great storylines running four-wide across wonderful old Talladega flogging their cars and the cars next to them as they head for the finish line Ben-Hur style.
Then, [...]

TGIM: Nice Long Beach Story Nearly Didn’t Happen
Monday, Apr 18, 2011 – 10:29 | Comments Off
TGIM: Nice Long Beach Story Nearly Didn’t Happen

Thank God It’s Monday:
Had things gone just minutely differently on the last lap of last year’s Indianapolis 500, the look of Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race in Long Beach would have been radically different.
Sunday’s winner might not have won because he might be dead, and a most crucial moment of the race might not have [...]

Three Will Surely Be A Crowd Today At Talladega
Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 – 8:18 | Comments Off
Three Will Surely Be A Crowd Today At Talladega

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Talladega is back and so is the type of two-car drafting that made the 2011 Daytona so, um, memorable.
It’s been called “Pairs Racing”, “Noah’s Ark Racing”, “Dirty Dancing” and, courtesy of Dale Earnhardt Jr., “Crap”.
From the grandstands and couches, some fans liked it, some hated it, some think it’s boring, [...]

Pedley: NASCAR Teams Getting Too Cozy?
Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 – 6:41 | One Comment
Pedley: NASCAR Teams Getting Too Cozy?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Auto racing. One-on-42. A driver and his team against the world. Asking for nothing and giving less. It’s a sport were a helping hand is often slapped away with a snear and a hiss.
Well, used to be. And still is for all but four races a year.
In those four races, [...]

Gordon Wins Pole, Suggests Big Changes
Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 – 6:07 | Comments Off
Gordon Wins Pole, Suggests Big Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon led a Hendrick Motorsports land rush during qualifying and won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. And then he issued some shocking suggestions to NASCAR officials.Gordon’s pole winning lap was at 178.248 mph.
The three cars behind Gordon’s on the speed [...]

Power Powers On In Streets Of Long Beach
Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 – 19:05 | Comments Off
Power Powers On In Streets Of Long Beach

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Will Power of Team Penske on Saturday won the pole for Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race through the streets of Long Beach, Calif.
Power will start along side of Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport on the front row.
“I was up on the lap by a half-a-10th coming into the last three corners and I knew the [...]

Force, Worsham, Line Win 4-Wide Poles
Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Force, Worsham, Line Win 4-Wide Poles

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John Force inched closer to the one major NHRA record that eludes him when he collected his 136th career No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
The other provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the fourth of 22 races in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season were Del [...]

Sadler Leads NNS Qualifying
Friday, Apr 15, 2011 – 12:43 | Comments Off
Sadler Leads NNS Qualifying

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Elliott Sadler won the pole for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday afternoon.
Driving a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, Sadler’s fast lap in qualifying for the Aaron’s 312 was at 170.558 mph.
Second fastest was Clint Bowyer in a Richard Childress Racing Chey. Bowyer laid down a fast lap at 179.373 mph.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. [...]

Pedley: Is Four Too Many Or Just Right For NHRA?
Friday, Apr 15, 2011 – 10:15 | One Comment
Pedley: Is Four Too Many Or Just Right For NHRA?

The open-air observation deck on the offices/suites/media building behind the staging area at the new zMAX Dragway was getting a pretty good load test two years ago. People were crowded along the railing and those behind were attempting to elbow their way forward.
Down below, another load test was taking place on the drag strip. Four [...]