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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

500 Victory A Hit Among Competitors
Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 – 19:47 | 3 Comments
500 Victory A Hit Among Competitors

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The outcome of Sunday’s Daytona 500 proved doubly popular with NASCAR drivers, teams and officials.
A driver they consider a good kid got the victory in his first start, and the Wood Brothers Racing team got back to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway after a 500 for the first time [...]

Scenes Of 2001 Remain Seared Into The Brain
Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 – 5:00 | 7 Comments
Scenes Of 2001 Remain Seared Into The Brain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The day that Dale Earnhardt died will not, cannot, ever be forgotten by those who were there. Biggest star in the sport, biggest race in the sport, final lap, final turn.
It was the day the sport changed forever. Fans lost their anchor to the sport, the sport lost its cultural [...]

Stewart Dances Way To Nationwide Victory At Daytona
Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 – 15:59 | One Comment
Stewart Dances Way To Nationwide Victory At Daytona

Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon and, of course, it was as a result of another round of Noah’s Ark racing.
Stewart edged Clint Bowyer by inches to get the victory in the Drive4COPD 300.
Landon Cassill, who pushed Stewart from 11th place to the victory over the final laps, [...]

Kurt Busch, Burton Win The Gatorade150 Qualifiers
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 – 15:21 | One Comment
Kurt Busch, Burton Win The Gatorade150 Qualifiers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The story of Speedweeks 2011 continued to be two-car drafts as the winners of both of Thursday’s twin Gatorade 150-mile qualifying races needed  more than just a little help from new best buddies to get those wins.
In the first qualifying race, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch got the victory thanks to [...]

Pedley: Conspiracy Talk Again Shadowing Junior
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 – 6:00 | 19 Comments
Pedley: Conspiracy Talk Again Shadowing Junior

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
I was kind of glad – and kind of surprised – when I turned into that late-afternoon ESPN discussion show which features two newspaper columnists who are much better at dropping names than doping
out anything NASCAR.
The crawl on the side of the screen which tells viewers what is coming up [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Wins Pole For The Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 – 15:54 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Wins Pole For The Daytona 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Earnhardt family’s heroic/tragic relationship with Daytona International Speedway intensified Sunday when Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a speed of 186.089 mph Sunday afternoon to win the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.
The pole was the first for Earnhardt Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series’ marquee event. But it was the [...]

Late Move Helps Kurt Busch Win Bud Shootout
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 22:16 | Comments Off
Late Move Helps Kurt Busch Win Bud Shootout

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Saturday night’s 75-lap Budweiser Shootout ended in a push.
The push, which came from drafting partner Jamie McMurray, enabled Kurt Busch to put a move on race-leader Ryan Newman in the final couple of hundred yards and win the the 24-car, non-points-paying Shootout at Daytona International Speedway by a matter of [...]

Memo: Things Could Get Real Ugly in NASCAR Garages
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 14:48 | One Comment
Memo: Things Could Get Real Ugly in NASCAR Garages

Let’s see what’s in the old Saturday Memo today:
NASCAR has set itself up for an environmental disaster of major proportions this coming season. It is a disaster the effects of which, I predict, will range from nightmares to temporary blindness.
It is the off-season decree by series officials that fans, and especially media, will be allowed [...]

Shootout To Be A Seminar For The Upcoming 500
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 9:43 | Comments Off
Shootout To Be A Seminar For The Upcoming 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s a non-point race, but that does not mean the Budweiser Shootout is a non-importance race. On the contrary. And especially this year.
This year, in addition to giving participating teams and drivers extra practice time and a dress-rehearsal opportunity for the season-opening Daytona 500, the Shootout will be held on [...]

Johnson’s Crew Will Face Internal Competition, Too
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 8:15 | 2 Comments
Johnson’s Crew Will Face Internal Competition, Too

The word is out to pit crew members of Jimmie Johnson’s Sprint Cup team: Rest on your laurels and you’ll be resting on your butt.
Chad Knaus, Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports crew chief, made that clear Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Knaus said that crew members on his team who do not perform up to the level which [...]