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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

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 [...]

Life Is No Longer Funny For Top Fueler Worsham
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 – 10:01 | 2 Comments
Life Is No Longer Funny For Top Fueler Worsham

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Del Worsham’s journey to his current position as points leader in the NHRA’s Top Fuel standings begins like most journeys – at a time and in a place. In his case the time was late summer of 2008 and the place was Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.
In was the weekend [...]

TRG Hires Richert
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 – 19:22 | Comments Off

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In racin’ news today, Tuesday, April 11:
Doug Richert has been named crew chief on the No. 71 Interstate Moving Services Ford Fusion for TRG Motorsports. Richert will take over for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 to be run at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 17.
Richert is a championship winning crew chief [...]

TGIM: Is IndyCar Watching Too Much NASCAR?
Monday, Apr 11, 2011 – 9:05 | 6 Comments
TGIM: Is IndyCar Watching Too Much NASCAR?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Thank God It’s Monday:
Perhaps it’s the influx of young drivers into the series. Or perhaps it is a heightened threat to career survival. Or perhaps it is just the increasing degradation of the concept of sportsmanship in general.
Or, perhaps it is not that big of a deal to race drivers, [...]

Kenseth Gives Texas Boot To Two-Year Drought
Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 – 22:10 | Comments Off
Kenseth Gives Texas Boot To Two-Year Drought

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Consistency is cool, Matt Kenseth knows, but in NASCAR, you have to sow in a race victory now and then for your job to be really cool.
This morning, all is cool with Kenseth as he put an end to a two-plus-year-long winless streak when he won the Samsung Mobile 500 [...]

Biffle Says Fast Cars Are About To Boot Bad Luck
Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 – 12:15 | Comments Off
Biffle Says Fast Cars Are About To Boot Bad Luck

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Greg Biffle’s eyes get really big as he talks about the start to his 2011 Sprint Cup season. He fidgets a bit and repositions himself in his chair as he talks – perhaps because the chairs in the Kansas Speedway media center are of back-straining hardness, [...]

Pedley: Junior Is Just Never Going To Be Senior
Friday, Apr 8, 2011 – 16:22 | 8 Comments
Pedley: Junior Is Just Never Going To Be Senior

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As much as many fans want Dale Earnhardt Jr. to be Dale Earnhardt Sr., it has become quite clear that that is not in the offing.
There has never been any evidence that the son possessed the same qualities in a Sprint Cup car as the did the father and it [...]

Pagenaud Will Make Best Of An Awkward Situation
Friday, Apr 8, 2011 – 7:34 | Comments Off
Pagenaud Will Make Best Of An Awkward Situation

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s the old “not the best of circumstances” circumstance for veteran road racer Simon Pagenaud, but he’ll take it.
Pagenaud, a Frenchman who is a reigning American Le Mans Series champion, will make is IZOD IndyCar Series debut this weekend at the Honda Grand Peix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park [...]

NASCAR Notes: Biffle Would Veto Kansas’ Repave
Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 – 20:01 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: Biffle Would Veto Kansas’ Repave

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – During a visit to Kansas Speedway this week, Greg Biffle issued an off-the-cuff plea. Don’t repave the track, he said of the place where he has won twice in the last five years.
The plea likely comes too late.
Last year, RacinToday reported that Kansas officials were seeking [...]