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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

Late Charge Gives Harvick Martinsville Victory
Monday, Apr 4, 2011 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Late Charge Gives Harvick Martinsville Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kevin Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with five laps to go and went on to win the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
The victory was the second straight for Harvick, as he won a week ago at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. In that race, he [...]

Race Day: Goody’s Could Be A Real Rubber Match
Sunday, Apr 3, 2011 – 8:39 | Comments Off
Race Day: Goody’s Could Be A Real Rubber Match

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Following Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville, the track looked like the Gulf beaches of Louisiana after the BP oil rig blow out. Balls of black tire gunk littered the surface.
Luckily, no otters live inside the Martinsville short oval, so cleanup afterward was pretty quick and pretty simple.
But fixing [...]

McMurray Is No. 1 At Martinsville
Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 – 12:19 | Comments Off
McMurray Is No. 1 At Martinsville

Jamie McMurray earned the right to start Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway from the pole after turning a fast qualifying lap at 96.509 mph on Saturday afternoon.
The pole is the first of the season for McMurray, the  Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver who won the 2010 Daytona 500 and the 2010 Brickyard 400.
Ryan [...]

Raikkonen Signs With Kyle Busch’s Truck Team
Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 – 10:03 | Comments Off
Raikkonen Signs With Kyle Busch’s Truck Team

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A former world driving champion will take the first steps toward becoming an American champion this summer in Charlotte.
Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Saturday that it has signed former Formula 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen to drive a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2011 season.
Raikkonen is [...]

Pedley: Sorry But I Am Not Yet Getting The Point
Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 – 9:39 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Sorry But I Am Not Yet Getting The Point

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Not far from the coffee pot in the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway about 10 years ago, the late Bob Latford sat at small, white table wasting his time.
He reiterated points, he borrowed a pen and a sheet of notebook paper and scribbled what appeared to be numbers, [...]

Swindell Wins In Merced
Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 – 7:29 | Comments Off

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Sammy Swindell held off Tim Kaeding to win the World of Outlaws inaugural event at Merced Speedway on Friday night.
Swindell, who won for the second time this season in his Big Game Treestands Maxim, said, “We’ve been a consistent top-five car all year long and tonight I just used my experience and put it to [...]

NHRA Pro Stocker Line Is Off To A Perfect Start
Friday, Apr 1, 2011 – 10:55 | One Comment
NHRA Pro Stocker Line Is Off To A Perfect Start

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Every year, Jason Line tells somebody somewhere that the goal for his NHRA Pro Stock season is to win (fill in the number of events that are held that season right here) races. This year, the number is 22.
And every year, the goal goes unrealized.
He knows that the goal probably [...]

Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Things can go wrong in a hurry in auto racing. Drivers and teams can be top dogs one day, in an animal shelter with Jason Alexander talking about them in television commercials the next day.
Sitting on the cold, stained cement floor and looking up through the wire mesh caging after [...]

Competition Blooming This Spring
Monday, Mar 28, 2011 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Competition Blooming This Spring

A weekend wrapup:
That little crawl they run along the top of the television screen during NASCAR races which gives running order provided more than just the intended information on Sunday. And I’m not talking here about Fox’s decision to regularly blend advertising into it.
It provided a constant reminder about how competitive the racing in the [...]

Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4
Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 – 9:33 | Comments Off
Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4

The Sprint Cup standings heading into today’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway have what many would consider a bizarre look to them. The usual suspects are in some pretty unusual locations.
And not just at the top end of the standings, where Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr. and Bobby Labonte all sit in the [...]