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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

Swindell Wins In Merced
Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 – 7:29 | Comments Off

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Sammy Swindell held off Tim Kaeding to win the World of Outlaws inaugural event at Merced Speedway on Friday night.
Swindell, who won for the second time this season in his Big Game Treestands Maxim, said, “We’ve been a consistent top-five car all year long and tonight I just used my experience and put it to [...]

NHRA Pro Stocker Line Is Off To A Perfect Start
Friday, Apr 1, 2011 – 10:55 | One Comment
NHRA Pro Stocker Line Is Off To A Perfect Start

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Every year, Jason Line tells somebody somewhere that the goal for his NHRA Pro Stock season is to win (fill in the number of events that are held that season right here) races. This year, the number is 22.
And every year, the goal goes unrealized.
He knows that the goal probably [...]

Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Things can go wrong in a hurry in auto racing. Drivers and teams can be top dogs one day, in an animal shelter with Jason Alexander talking about them in television commercials the next day.
Sitting on the cold, stained cement floor and looking up through the wire mesh caging after [...]

Competition Blooming This Spring
Monday, Mar 28, 2011 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Competition Blooming This Spring

A weekend wrapup:
That little crawl they run along the top of the television screen during NASCAR races which gives running order provided more than just the intended information on Sunday. And I’m not talking here about Fox’s decision to regularly blend advertising into it.
It provided a constant reminder about how competitive the racing in the [...]

Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4
Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 – 9:33 | Comments Off
Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4

The Sprint Cup standings heading into today’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway have what many would consider a bizarre look to them. The usual suspects are in some pretty unusual locations.
And not just at the top end of the standings, where Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr. and Bobby Labonte all sit in the [...]

Power To Start St. Pete From The Pole
Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 – 17:17 | Comments Off
Power To Start St. Pete From The Pole

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Team Penske’s Will Power will start Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the pole.
Power, who was finished second to Dario Franchitti in last year’s championship battle, had a qualifying speed of 104.579 mph. over the St. Pete street course.
“It was a good session,” said Power, who won his second [...]

Edwards Looks Back At His Decisions At Bristol
Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 – 10:59 | Comments Off
Edwards Looks Back At His Decisions At Bristol

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway ended with Carl Edwards chasing Kyle Busch to the finish line. Both drivers played nice and the race ended with Busch winning, Edwards second and the cars of both still in tact.
Friday at Auto Club Speedway, site of Sunday’s Auto Club [...]

Pedley: Add Irrelevance To NASCAR’s Woes
Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 – 9:01 | 9 Comments
Pedley: Add Irrelevance To NASCAR’s Woes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Two very important American races were held last weekend. Only one left its promoters smiling. Why?
It’s a fool’s quest to think that a question like that can be answered with a simple, short, one-reason-covers-everything explanation. In truth, there may be as many explanations as there are race fans.
But in debates [...]

Racin’ News: Kanaan Has Ride
Monday, Mar 21, 2011 – 16:57 | Comments Off
Racin’ News: Kanaan Has Ride

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In racin’ news today, Monday, March 21:
(This package contains items on Tony Kanaan signing with KV; Jennifer Jo Cobb signing with new team; Paul Tracy getting ride for 500; Townsend Bell getting ride at Sam Schmidt; Bryan Herta adding new driver.)
Tony Kanaan’s offseason of discontent is over.
Kanaan, the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, will run [...]

Surviving 12 Hours Of Racing Was A Breeze
Monday, Mar 21, 2011 – 10:33 | One Comment
Surviving 12 Hours Of Racing Was A Breeze

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Some cold, soggy un-refridgerated Monday morning leftovers:
Somebody once asked me: How in the heck can race fans stay entertained during 12-hour, 24-hour endurance races?
The answer, which was underlined Saturday at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, is: No problemo.
You don’t have to be an avid race fan, or even [...]