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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

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
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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
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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 [...]

Talk Of Speed Moves From Roads To Track
Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 13:48 | Comments Off
Talk Of Speed Moves From Roads To Track

The Sprint Cup cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway in today’s Coca-Cola 600 will be going 200 mph. But it was a run at 128 mph that has produced the most buzz around NASCAR this week.
The slower run was made by Kyle Busch early in the week. It was made on a back road in the [...]

Old Friends Meet In Indy Museum
Saturday, May 28, 2011 – 19:21 | Comments Off
Old Friends Meet In Indy Museum

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Two years ago, RacinToday.com senior writer John Sturbin visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which is located in the infield of the world’s most famous auto racing track.
In the museum, Sturbin ran into an old friend.
This year, the Indianapolis 500 is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In conjunction with that celebration, RacinToday.com has decided to replay [...]

Memo: Only A Fool Would Do What Kyle Busch Did
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 – 9:49 | One Comment
Memo: Only A Fool Would Do What Kyle Busch Did

Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
As the deputy handed back my license and the registration for the twin-turbo/direct injected/variable-valve-timed/sport trimmed BMW I was driving, he asked the standard question: Do you know how fast you were going?
Had I known then what I know today, I would have said: Faster than Kyle Busch.
So [...]

Pro Stock’s Vincent Nobile Is Living Two Dreams
Sunday, May 22, 2011 – 10:29 | Comments Off
Pro Stock’s Vincent Nobile Is Living Two Dreams

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Topeka, Kan. – Things just did not line up for John Nobile during his drag racing career. He never became a huge star but it was not for lack of talent nor lack of want-to and certainly not for lack of effort. Mostly, for lack of fate.
But the years and [...]

Schumacher, Beckman, Edwards Keep Poles In Topeka
Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 16:45 | Comments Off
Schumacher, Beckman, Edwards Keep Poles In Topeka

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Topeka, Kan. – The clouds dispersed, the temperatures rose and the speeds came down Saturday at Heartland Park Topeka.
As a result, the third and fourth rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Summer Nationals failed to produce much change in the starting order for Sunday’s eliminations.
Tony Schumacher held onto the top [...]