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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

The Numbers Say Plenty About Tom Kristensen
Saturday, Mar 19, 2011 – 7:24 | Comments Off
The Numbers Say Plenty About Tom Kristensen

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sebring, Fla. – The numbers scream. They put Tom Kristensen in a class by himself in sports car endurance racing. They answer trivia questions.
But, standing in the Sebring infield and looking way cooler than somebody wearing a heavy, itchy driver suit should, Kristensen politely waved off a question about those [...]

Rahal’s New Home Is Actually His Old Home
Friday, Mar 18, 2011 – 11:40 | Comments Off
Rahal’s New Home Is Actually His Old Home

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sebring, Fla. – If body language and tone of voice are any indication, Bobby Rahal is not totally comfortable about being asked about “moving’ from Indycar racing to sports car racing.
Instead, Rahal, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 as both a driver and a team owner, seems to prefer the [...]

Audi Vs. Peugeot Is Under Way
Friday, Mar 18, 2011 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Audi Vs. Peugeot Is Under Way

Sebring, Fla. – The heavyweight challengers traded blows during Thursday’s practice sessions for Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race. When the track was finally put to bed late in the evening, Audi and Peugeot each could boast of having been fastest in practice.
Early in the hour-long afternoon session, Tom Kristensen entered a 1:50.424 [...]

Pedley: Looking Back And Looking Forward
Friday, Mar 18, 2011 – 6:13 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Looking Back And Looking Forward

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sebring, Fla. – Suddenly, the mass throwing of empty beer cans into the netting on Fireman’s Hill at Road America stopped. Suddenly, all got quiet except for a slight tremor of the sun-hardened ground. And suddenly, all freakin’ hell broke loose in a loud explosion of down-shifting engines.
The unlimited-horesepower Porsche [...]

Busch Says NHRA Was Anything But A Drag
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 – 17:24 | Comments Off
Busch Says NHRA Was Anything But A Drag

Kurt Busch returns to his day job this week – driving the No. 22  Sprint Cup Dodge for  Penske Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.
But during a teleconference on Wednesday, Busch took a look back at competing in the NHRA Gatornationals in a Pro Stock car.
It was Busch’s first drag race in the highly competitive Pro [...]

Audi Takes Its Turn At Sebring
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 – 19:12 | Comments Off
Audi Takes Its Turn At Sebring

The long-running jousting match between Audi and Peugeot continues at Sebring.
A day after a French Peugeot claimed top lap during testing for this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, German car-maker Audi took its turn to top the speed charts on Tuesday.
Audi Sport Team Joest’s R15 prototype driven by Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and [...]

Kurt Busch In The Show At The Gatornationals
Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 – 18:29 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch In The Show At The Gatornationals

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After a shaky NHRA Full Throttle Series debut on Friday, 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch qualified solidly into the 16-car Pro Stock field on Saturday with 6.532-second pass at 211.46 mph.
Busch ended the day qualified No. 12 and he will have as interesting a matchup as he could draw in Erica Enders, the 27-year old [...]

Hornaday Can Show He’s Tougher Than Darlington
Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Hornaday Can Show He’s Tougher Than Darlington

Ron Hornaday Jr. is a racer. You know: Put him on a track, wrap his fingers around a steering wheel, watch him go. And he doesn’t normally get too worked up about the location of the tracks you put him on. Except this weekend.
Hornaday, a veteran of 500 races in NASCAR’s top three series, will [...]

Is ‘The King’ Being Fitted For His 21st Crown?
Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 – 14:26 | Comments Off
Is ‘The King’ Being Fitted For His 21st Crown?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of years back, Steve Kinser had kind of disappeared from the sprint car map.
Yes, he still won races. Some would say he won lots of races from 2006 through 2010. But for Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaws champion, anything but being on top of the point standings [...]

France Pleased With Fast Start To 2011 NASCAR Season
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 – 16:59 | One Comment
France Pleased With Fast Start To 2011 NASCAR Season

It was an upbeat NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France who spoke during a teleconference with the media on Wednesday. The reason for the good mood, he indicated, was the good start to which the Sprint Cup season has jumped out.
“It’s nice to see the interest level on the way back up.” France said.
He cited [...]