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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

Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win
Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fact: NASCAR drivers extract a lot of pride from winning road races. It tends to make them feel like complete competitors.
Carl Edwards got the first road course win of his career Sunday after he jumped to the lead in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on a restart [...]

Gaughan Survives Rain, Side Trips To Win At Elkhart Lake
Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 – 8:17 | Comments Off
Gaughan Survives Rain, Side Trips To Win At Elkhart Lake

Brendan Gaughan had trouble keeping his car on the track at times during Saturday’s Gardner Denver 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America. And each time he left the racing surface, he collected enough grass and weeds on his grill work to make a couple of very large salads.
But in the end, the off-road [...]

Penske Competition Director Talks About 2014 Turnaround
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 – 16:59 | One Comment
Penske Competition Director Talks About 2014 Turnaround

Roger Penske shocked – and disappointed – a lot of people three years ago when he announced that his Sprint Cup operation would switch from Dodges to Fords beginning with the 2013 season.
His team had, afterall, just won its first Cup championship in 2012 with Brad Keselowski driving the No. 2 Dodge.
In the first year [...]

It’s Time To Add Twists And Turns To The Chase
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 – 9:28 | Comments Off
It’s Time To Add Twists And Turns To The Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s road racing weekend in NASCAR and to help kick things off, some questions and some direct-answer avoidance:
– When will NASCAR add a road race to the Chase?
Not any time soon, appears to be the answer. While fans and even some drivers have upped their support for the idea in [...]

Hendrick Power Is Leaving Competition In A Funk
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 – 9:06 | 3 Comments
Hendrick Power Is Leaving Competition In A Funk

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports didn’t just leave Michigan International Speedway with money and a trophy after Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race. They also left with the hearts and hopes of a lot of the other competitors.
Johnson won the Quicken Loans 400 at MIS. It was his third victory in his [...]

Audi Again Up To Challenges, Wins 2014 Le Mans
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 – 8:02 | Comments Off
Audi Again Up To Challenges, Wins 2014 Le Mans

This was supposed to be the year that Audi’s domination of the 24 of Le Mans was to end. This was supposed to be the year that really fast Toyotas and Porsche’s return to the LMP1 class were going to upstage Audi.
Nope.
Even a sweeping new set of technical regulations couldn’t deprive the German marque of [...]

Fehan Named Spirit Of Le Mans Award Winner
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Fehan Named Spirit Of Le Mans Award Winner

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Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager, has been presented the Spirit of Le Mans award by organizers of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest – the sporting authority of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Fehan, who oversees the ‘Vette program on behalf of Chevrolet, received the honor on Friday, the day before the start of the [...]

McMurry Set To Be Youngest Gun Ever At Le Mans
Friday, Jun 13, 2014 – 8:52 | Comments Off
McMurry Set To Be Youngest Gun Ever At Le Mans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Matt McMurry didn’t need to take even a small breath when asked if there have been any other people close to his age who have driven in the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Not content to give a yes or no answer, 15-year-old McMurry [...]

Kansas Sports Car Event A Winner Against All Odds
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 – 12:59 | Comments Off
Kansas Sports Car Event A Winner Against All Odds

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Usually, sports writers ask the questions. Over the weekend at Kansas Speedway, things shifted. It was the competitors asking the questions of a reporter and they wanted to know the same thing: What are we doing here?
At the end of the day , the answer was: [...]

Braun Mashes Field At Kansas
Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 – 1:00 | Comments Off
Braun Mashes Field At Kansas

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A couple of days before Saturday’s Tudor United SportsCar Series’ Kansas Grand Prix, driver Colin Braun was asked about his strategy for the unique/bizarre two-segment format the event featured. Mash the gas and go, Braun said.
Braun executed that strategy with slick precision on race night. The Core [...]