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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

Pedley: Danica Questions Are Getting Irksome
Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 – 9:30 | 9 Comments
Pedley: Danica Questions Are Getting Irksome

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Want to incur the wrath of a Sprint Cup driver these days? Ask about Danica Patrick.
That’s because while some fans and, basically, everybody with a notebook or microphone in hand wants to know about the IndyCar femme’s future, drivers are getting darn sick of the topic and the questions.
Like Tony Stewart, co-owner/driver [...]

Race Day: Watching Others Fight Can Be Big Fun
Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Race Day: Watching Others Fight Can Be Big Fun

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
BROOKLYN, Mich. – The biggest, most important struggle for Sprint Cup drivers these days is not to be No. 1 in points. It’s to get into the Chase. And for those who can’t get into the Chase on points, it’s to be in the top 20 with a victory or [...]

Ambrose Wins In Montreal
Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 – 16:46 | One Comment
Ambrose Wins In Montreal

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Marcos Ambrose probably did not win many friends on Saturday but he did win the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
Ambrose, who won last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at the Watkins Glen road course, got the victory Satuday despite being involved in a wreck and payback with local favorite Jacques Villeneuve and [...]

Harvick Gets Truck Victory At Michigan
Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 – 13:30 | Comments Off
Harvick Gets Truck Victory At Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kevin Harvick took the lead away from Mark Martin on a restart with 10 laps to go, survived two late restarts and went on to win the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
The victory was the second of the year in four starts for Harvick and second in a row as [...]

Crafton Trucks to Pole At MIS
Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 – 9:30 | Comments Off
Crafton Trucks to Pole At MIS

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Matt Crafton won the pole Saturday morning for Saturday afternoon’s Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
He nabbed the pole, his first of the season and fifth of his career, with a lap at 177.489 mph.
Second fastest in qualifying was Todd Bodine with a lap at 177.288 mph. The effort [...]

Biffle On Pole At Michigan
Friday, Aug 19, 2011 – 16:23 | Comments Off
Biffle On Pole At Michigan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
BROOKYN, Mich. – Greg Biffle won the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon. It was the first pole of his career and it was secured by a lap at 190.345 mph.
Second was Biffle’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Matt Kenseth, who had a lap [...]

Pedley: Penske Mystery About To Be Solved?
Friday, Aug 19, 2011 – 13:43 | One Comment
Pedley: Penske Mystery About To Be Solved?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
BROOKLYN, Mich. – As racing mysteries go, this one has been a humdinger: Not only has Roger Penske not been able to win a Sprint Cup championship in his nearly three decades as a NASCAR team owner, he’s really not been able to work his organization into the top tier [...]

Monday Highlights For You Working Stiffs
Monday, Aug 15, 2011 – 14:50 | One Comment
Monday Highlights For You Working Stiffs

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Welcome to the ‘Working Person’s Friend’ column in which the high and low points of Monday’s workday Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International are listed:
High point: Marcos Ambrose, probably the best driver of stock cars on road courses in the world, got himself and Richard Petty Motorsports their very warm [...]

Monday Race Day: Cup Drivers Set To Do The Twisties
Monday, Aug 15, 2011 – 7:53 | Comments Off
Monday Race Day: Cup Drivers Set To Do The Twisties

Just as all oval-shaped tracks are not the same, neither are road courses. In the case of the two road courses on the Sprint Cup schedule, they are not even close.
So say the drives who will be competing in the second of the two road races on the schedule today – the Heluva Good! [...]

Pedley: Keselowski Shows Guts, Maybe Not Smarts
Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 – 12:11 | Comments Off
Pedley: Keselowski Shows Guts, Maybe Not Smarts

You kind of have to admire Brad Keselowski’s unshakable determination to not let anybody drive his Sprint Cup car as he recuperates from the broken ankle he suffered two weeks ago. You do kind of have to question the wisdom of that determination. Especially this weekend.
Word is, there is no backup driver standing by to [...]