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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

Pedley: NASCAR Teams Getting Too Cozy?
Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 – 6:41 | One Comment
Pedley: NASCAR Teams Getting Too Cozy?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Auto racing. One-on-42. A driver and his team against the world. Asking for nothing and giving less. It’s a sport were a helping hand is often slapped away with a snear and a hiss.
Well, used to be. And still is for all but four races a year.
In those four races, [...]

Gordon Wins Pole, Suggests Big Changes
Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 – 6:07 | Comments Off
Gordon Wins Pole, Suggests Big Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jeff Gordon led a Hendrick Motorsports land rush during qualifying and won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. And then he issued some shocking suggestions to NASCAR officials.Gordon’s pole winning lap was at 178.248 mph.
The three cars behind Gordon’s on the speed [...]

Power Powers On In Streets Of Long Beach
Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 – 19:05 | Comments Off
Power Powers On In Streets Of Long Beach

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Will Power of Team Penske on Saturday won the pole for Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race through the streets of Long Beach, Calif.
Power will start along side of Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport on the front row.
“I was up on the lap by a half-a-10th coming into the last three corners and I knew the [...]

Force, Worsham, Line Win 4-Wide Poles
Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Force, Worsham, Line Win 4-Wide Poles

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John Force inched closer to the one major NHRA record that eludes him when he collected his 136th career No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
The other provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the fourth of 22 races in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season were Del [...]

Sadler Leads NNS Qualifying
Friday, Apr 15, 2011 – 12:43 | Comments Off
Sadler Leads NNS Qualifying

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Elliott Sadler won the pole for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday afternoon.
Driving a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, Sadler’s fast lap in qualifying for the Aaron’s 312 was at 170.558 mph.
Second fastest was Clint Bowyer in a Richard Childress Racing Chey. Bowyer laid down a fast lap at 179.373 mph.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. [...]

Pedley: Is Four Too Many Or Just Right For NHRA?
Friday, Apr 15, 2011 – 10:15 | One Comment
Pedley: Is Four Too Many Or Just Right For NHRA?

The open-air observation deck on the offices/suites/media building behind the staging area at the new zMAX Dragway was getting a pretty good load test two years ago. People were crowded along the railing and those behind were attempting to elbow their way forward.
Down below, another load test was taking place on the drag strip. Four [...]

Life Is No Longer Funny For Top Fueler Worsham
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 – 10:01 | 2 Comments
Life Is No Longer Funny For Top Fueler Worsham

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Del Worsham’s journey to his current position as points leader in the NHRA’s Top Fuel standings begins like most journeys – at a time and in a place. In his case the time was late summer of 2008 and the place was Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.
In was the weekend [...]

TRG Hires Richert
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 – 19:22 | Comments Off

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In racin’ news today, Tuesday, April 11:
Doug Richert has been named crew chief on the No. 71 Interstate Moving Services Ford Fusion for TRG Motorsports. Richert will take over for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 to be run at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 17.
Richert is a championship winning crew chief [...]

TGIM: Is IndyCar Watching Too Much NASCAR?
Monday, Apr 11, 2011 – 9:05 | 6 Comments
TGIM: Is IndyCar Watching Too Much NASCAR?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Thank God It’s Monday:
Perhaps it’s the influx of young drivers into the series. Or perhaps it is a heightened threat to career survival. Or perhaps it is just the increasing degradation of the concept of sportsmanship in general.
Or, perhaps it is not that big of a deal to race drivers, [...]

Kenseth Gives Texas Boot To Two-Year Drought
Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 – 22:10 | Comments Off
Kenseth Gives Texas Boot To Two-Year Drought

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Consistency is cool, Matt Kenseth knows, but in NASCAR, you have to sow in a race victory now and then for your job to be really cool.
This morning, all is cool with Kenseth as he put an end to a two-plus-year-long winless streak when he won the Samsung Mobile 500 [...]