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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Penske Hoping His Acuras Will Take Next Step This Weekend In Sebring
Friday, Mar 16, 2018 – 9:14 | Comments Off on Penske Hoping His Acuras Will Take Next Step This Weekend In Sebring
Penske Hoping His Acuras Will Take Next Step This Weekend In Sebring

When Roger Penske announced last July that he would return to sports car racing and field a prototype team in 2018, it was great news for the IMSA WeatherTech Series but ominous news for those would would have to compete against Team Penske.
Everybody in the racing world knows that when “The Captain” takes on a […]

Harvick Looks Good, Sounds Classless
Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 – 15:05 | Comments Off on Harvick Looks Good, Sounds Classless
Harvick Looks Good, Sounds Classless

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of critical takes from the past weekend of racing:
– Kevin Harvick is having one of those years. A good driver on a great team that seems to be the first to figure out the 2018 version of NASCAR’s constantly evolving way of doing business in the 21st Century.
As […]

Late Crash Gives Bourdais IndyCar Series Victory In St. Petersburg
Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 – 14:16 | Comments Off on Late Crash Gives Bourdais IndyCar Series Victory In St. Petersburg
Late Crash Gives Bourdais IndyCar Series Victory In St. Petersburg

Sebastien Bourdais took the lead when race-leader Robert Wickens was wrecked by second-place Alexander Rossi just in front of him after a restart with two laps to go and went on to win Sunday’s season-opener on the street circuit in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bourdais, a St. Pete resident driving a Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with […]

Drivers: Social Media Influencing NASCAR Officials
Friday, Mar 9, 2018 – 17:57 | 2 Comments
Drivers: Social Media Influencing NASCAR Officials

Kyle Busch on Friday said that some NASCAR decisions are based not on reasoned thinking but on what series officials see on social media.
His comments come on the heels of several controversial decisions by NASCAR.
Asked if he is concerned that NASCAR may be making decisions based on what they see on media like Twitter and […]

Thoughts On The NASCAR Class Of 2019
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 – 15:02 | Comments Off on Thoughts On The NASCAR Class Of 2019
Thoughts On The NASCAR Class Of 2019

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The lists of nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s class of 2018 and for its Landmark Award were released on Tuesday and here is the take of a former voting panel member: The list contains one absolutely automatic candidate, one absolutely a thumbs-down candidate, two personal favorites and 21 […]

Harvick Moving Close To Hall Of Fame?
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 – 18:15 | Comments Off on Harvick Moving Close To Hall Of Fame?
Harvick Moving Close To Hall Of Fame?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Three takes from an abbreviated schedule of racing over the past weekend:
– This could be the season in which Kevin Harvick establishes himself as a lock to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Perhaps on the first ballot.
Victories in two of the first three races of the season […]

Harvick Drives To Second Straight Cup Win
Sunday, Mar 4, 2018 – 18:41 | Comments Off on Harvick Drives To Second Straight Cup Win
Harvick Drives To Second Straight Cup Win

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick collected his second-straight easy victory Sunday as he won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Harvick led 209 of 267 laps in the event in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and his win came a week after he also dominated in winning at Atlanta […]

Harvick Busts Atlanta Motor Speedway Slump
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Harvick Busts Atlanta Motor Speedway Slump
Harvick Busts Atlanta Motor Speedway Slump

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It took Kevin Harvick 17 years to get his second NASCAR Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway but when he secured that win on Sunday, it came with considerable ease and a bit of emotion.
Harvick, whose first win at AMS came in his first race after taking the driver’s […]

Crashweeks Hopefully Gives Way To Real Racing At Atlanta
Friday, Feb 23, 2018 – 15:28 | Comments Off on Crashweeks Hopefully Gives Way To Real Racing At Atlanta
Crashweeks Hopefully Gives Way To Real Racing At Atlanta

If it is true that people only watch automobile races to see the crashes, then the recently concluded Speedweeks was a smashing success. If, on the other hand, people think that driving talent, skill, strategy and applied technology make for compelling racing, last weekend was a crashing bore.
Let’s start with the 500, the marquee event […]

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Car Win The ’18 Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 – 18:46 | Comments Off on Austin Dillon, No. 3 Car Win The ’18 Daytona 500
Austin Dillon, No. 3 Car Win The ’18 Daytona 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Austin Dillon, driving the No. 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet which Dale Earnhardt drove to victory 20 years ago, took the lead on the final lap of overtime and went on to win the NASCAR Cup Series biggie, the Daytona 500, on Sunday.
The final lap was the only one Dillon led.
“It […]