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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

Hendrick Says Changes Not Aimed Just At Junior
Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 – 11:43 | 5 Comments
Hendrick Says Changes Not Aimed Just At Junior

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In a teleconference with the media on Wednesday morning, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick said the massive changes that are being implemented within his organization are simply the result of his belief that people on his team had “got complacent”.
And he said that since the decision to swap crew chiefs [...]

Hendrick Motorsports Shakes Up The Order
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 – 18:34 | 4 Comments
Hendrick Motorsports Shakes Up The Order

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, announced Tuesday that his four-car team is instituting a multi-team swap of crew chiefs.
The reason, Hendrick said in a statement, is a general lack of satisfaction with performance.
Steve Letarte, who has been crew chief for Jeff Gordon for the last five seasons, will move over to the team of [...]

Cup Notes: Edwards Closes Out Season In Style
Sunday, Nov 21, 2010 – 18:49 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Edwards Closes Out Season In Style

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Talk about a strong finisher.
Carl Edwards victory in Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was his second straight as he won at Phoenix the weekend before.
Can’t wait until Speed Weeks, he said.
“Heck yes I wish the season was just starting,” Edwards said. “That would be nice to start the season [...]

Jimmie: Almost Winner And Still Champion!
Sunday, Nov 21, 2010 – 16:31 | One Comment
Jimmie: Almost Winner And Still Champion!

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson made the fewest mistakes of the three contenders in Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finished second and won his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship.
Johnson, who started the day second in points – 15 behind Denny Hamlin – won by 39 points over Hamlin, who finished 14th.
Forty-one [...]

Race Day: It Shapes Up As A Day To Just Go For It
Sunday, Nov 21, 2010 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Race Day: It Shapes Up As A Day To Just Go For It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When the season-ending Ford 400 begins today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, only 46 points will separate the three drivers who remain in contention for this year’s Sprint Cup championship. Only 15 points separate the top two.
Because of all that, and because all three have been consistently high finishers throughout the Chase [...]

Is All Cool On the No. 11 Team?
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010 – 9:26 | 2 Comments
Is All Cool On the No. 11 Team?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin looked like he had just seen Willie Nelson naked as he sat on the pit wall following last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Phoenix. With microphones and cameras in his face, he just kind of stared straight ahead and fumbled for words.
The scene had to leave NASCAR Nation [...]

Pedley: Edwards Lost In The Desert
Monday, Nov 15, 2010 – 9:18 | One Comment
Pedley: Edwards Lost In The Desert

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards got lost on Sunday. Got lost among a sea of frontstretch fans at Phoenix International Raceway and, more importantly when it comes to the history books, got lost in NASCAR Nation’s mind’s eye.
Yep, one of the worst things about the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championships is that [...]

Edwards Wins PIR; Chase Race Tightens
Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 – 18:19 | One Comment
Edwards Wins PIR; Chase Race Tightens

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards won the race at Phoenix International Raceway and Jimmie Johnson won his late-race fuel gamble, but NASCAR fans wanting a close battle for the 2010 Sprint Cup championship may have come away the biggest winners Sunday.
The series will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway with the top three drivers all [...]

Race Day: This Is About As Close As It Gets
Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 – 10:08 | One Comment
Race Day: This Is About As Close As It Gets

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans keep hearing that this year’s Sprint Cup points race is one of the closest in recent history. Three drivers separated by 59 points with just today’s Kobalt 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to go.
Why is it so close, with Denny Hamlin, Jimmie [...]

Pedley: Busch Put His Finger On Sports History
Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 – 6:23 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Busch Put His Finger On Sports History

Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Kyle Busch, this week, apologized to NASCAR and race fans for the obscene gesture he issued from the cockpit of his Sprint Cup car last Sunday and that’s probably appropriate.
Busch need not apologize, however, to voters on the panel which selects inclusion into the Obscene Gesture Hall [...]