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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

Saldana Gets Perfect Win
Saturday, May 7, 2011 – 7:58 | Comments Off

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Not only did Joey Saldana put the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim in victory lane at Eldora Speedway Friday night, he also increased his lead in the 2011 championship battle to 51 points.
It was a complete turnaround from last fall, when Saldana was leading the title hunt before he wrecked hard at Eldora and [...]

Memo: It’s All For One and All For One
Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 9:56 | Comments Off
Memo: It’s All For One and All For One

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Goodyear held a tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week (Better three years late than never, I guess) and drivers participating apparently left with thumbs pointing upward.
One, Paul Menard, kind of mentioned, sarcastically, I think, that the test is being [...]

IndyCar Race Postponed
Sunday, May 1, 2011 – 18:07 | One Comment
IndyCar Race Postponed

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Heavy rain and standing water forced the postponement of the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle, scheduled for Sunday  until 8 a.m. (ET) Monday.
The IZOD IndyCar Series race will be televised live on VERSUS at 8 a.m. (ET). It will resume at the point of Sunday’s postponement on Lap 15 with approximately 1 [...]

Kyle Busch Captures Richmond Victory
Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 – 21:57 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Captures Richmond Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kyle Busch did his spring thing at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night.
Busch won the Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup race at RIR, giving him two straight victories in the spring race at the .75-mile oval.
It was his second victory of the season – he [...]

Race Day: Richmond Is For Lovers Of Racing
Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 – 9:50 | Comments Off
Race Day: Richmond Is For Lovers Of Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Richmond International Raceway has been called nearly perfect for NASCAR races. It’s the right size, the right width, has the right banking, features the right atmosphere.
It’s also something else which has the drivers’ and teams’ attention: It’s the track where the chase to the Chase ends every autumn, and, for [...]

Memo: Hall Hating Never Goes Out Of Style
Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 – 7:26 | 2 Comments
Memo: Hall Hating Never Goes Out Of Style

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what in the old Morning Memo today:
Officials operating the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., have made some adjustments to this year’s itinerary. The biggest of those involves moving voting day from October to June.
Hope that move was not designed to keep critics of the voting process [...]

Wiser Allgaier Speeding Back Toward Bright Future
Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 – 9:55 | Comments Off
Wiser Allgaier Speeding Back Toward Bright Future

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Forget shades. A year ago, Justin Allgaier’s future was so bright he had to wear a welder’s helmet.
In 2009, Driving a Penske Racing Nationwide Series car, he was piling up top-10 finishes but fast. He would end the season ranked sixth and points and was named rookie of the year.
2010 [...]

Pedley: A Debate Club Meeting, NASCAR Style
Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Pedley: A Debate Club Meeting, NASCAR Style

We’ve all seen replays of the finish of the Sprint Cup race at Talladega like, what, 23 times now. And a great finish it is.
Eight top drivers and eight great storylines running four-wide across wonderful old Talladega flogging their cars and the cars next to them as they head for the finish line Ben-Hur style.
Then, [...]

TGIM: Nice Long Beach Story Nearly Didn’t Happen
Monday, Apr 18, 2011 – 10:29 | Comments Off
TGIM: Nice Long Beach Story Nearly Didn’t Happen

Thank God It’s Monday:
Had things gone just minutely differently on the last lap of last year’s Indianapolis 500, the look of Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race in Long Beach would have been radically different.
Sunday’s winner might not have won because he might be dead, and a most crucial moment of the race might not have [...]

Three Will Surely Be A Crowd Today At Talladega
Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 – 8:18 | Comments Off
Three Will Surely Be A Crowd Today At Talladega

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Talladega is back and so is the type of two-car drafting that made the 2011 Daytona so, um, memorable.
It’s been called “Pairs Racing”, “Noah’s Ark Racing”, “Dirty Dancing” and, courtesy of Dale Earnhardt Jr., “Crap”.
From the grandstands and couches, some fans liked it, some hated it, some think it’s boring, [...]