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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.

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Transcript: Mike Helton On Altercation At Kansas Speedway
Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 – 11:37 | 3 Comments
Transcript: Mike Helton On Altercation At Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan. – NASCAR president Mike Helton met the press in the Kansas Speedway media center on Sunday morning. The subject was the altercation which occurred between driver Kyle Busch and team-owner Richard Childress following Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.
The following is the compete transcript of Helton’s press conference:
MIKE HELTON: Good morning. Let [...]

NASCAR Clears Busch In Brawl With Childress
Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 – 9:31 | Comments Off
NASCAR Clears Busch In Brawl With Childress

Kansas City, Kan. – Any penalties handed out by NASCAR as a result of Saturday afternoon’s physical confrontation at Kansas Speedway will be to team-owner Richard Childress. Kyle Busch apparently will not be sanctioned for his part in the confrontation.
That was what NASCAR president Mike Helton told the media during a brief press conference on [...]

SunTrust Makes It Two Straight In Grand-Am
Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 – 20:54 | Comments Off
SunTrust Makes It Two Straight In Grand-Am

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Ricky Taylor held off Scott Pruett by 3.839 seconds Saturday to win the 30th Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Taylor was joined by Max Angelelli in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara, winning his second consecutive Rolex Series race from the pole.
Pruett and Memo Rojas were seeking their fourth consecutive victory in the event – the [...]

Reports: Busch and Childress In Post-Race Fight
Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 – 18:03 | 6 Comments
Reports: Busch and Childress In Post-Race Fight

Kansas City, Kan. – The Twitter universe flared up Saturday evening with reports that NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and driver Kyle Busch got into a physical altercation following the Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.
The reports had Childress punching Busch in the face.
An unidentified crew member from another truck team told RacinToday.com [...]

Bowyer Notches Home-State Victory
Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 – 15:26 | Comments Off
Bowyer Notches Home-State Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Clint Bowyer won his first-ever NASCAR premier series race in his home state Saturday afternoon when he held off Johnny Sauter to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 Camping World Truck Series event at Kansas Speedway.
Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kan., got the victory driving a [...]

Kurt Busch On The Pole At Kansas Speedway
Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 – 12:21 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch On The Pole At Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan. – Kurt Busch, coming off his best finish of the season, won his first pole of the season on Saturday. The pole is for Sunday’s STP 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.
Busch’s pole-winning speed at the 1.5-mile tri-ovaal was 174.752 mph. It comes six days after he finished fourth in the Coca-Cola [...]

Taylor Brothers Make Grand-Am History
Friday, Jun 3, 2011 – 19:08 | Comments Off
Taylor Brothers Make Grand-Am History

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Ricky and Jordan Taylor led their respective classes Friday in qualifying for the 30th running of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of TheGlen, becoming the first brothers to win pole positions for both Daytona Prototype and GT classes at the same GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 event.
Ricky Taylor won [...]

Pedley: Junior Explains His Class With Class
Friday, Jun 3, 2011 – 17:36 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Junior Explains His Class With Class

Kansas City, Kan. – It’s real easy for people to criticize Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his lack of consistent success by saying he lacks the intensity, drive and demeanor of his late
father. It’s especially easy for people who never really knew Dale Earnhardt Sr.
But the fact is, the son’s level-headed approach to racing is a [...]

Petty Welcomes An Old Friend Back To Cup
Friday, Jun 3, 2011 – 12:57 | One Comment
Petty Welcomes An Old Friend Back To Cup

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – A couple of weeks ago, Carl Edwards was handed a check for well over a million dollars for winning the Sprint All-Star Race.
A million bucks for winning one race. Richard Petty remembers the days when he could have ran his entire team for four full seasons with [...]

Pedley: Tony Stewart To Get A Dream Ride
Thursday, Jun 2, 2011 – 11:06 | One Comment
Pedley: Tony Stewart To Get A Dream Ride

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
The word over the past decade or so among racing’s literati has been this: If there is one NASCAR driver who could make the transition to Formua 1, it would be Tony Stewart.
A couple weeks from now, those wondering if the word [...]