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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

Pro Stock’s Vincent Nobile Is Living Two Dreams
Sunday, May 22, 2011 – 10:29 | Comments Off
Pro Stock’s Vincent Nobile Is Living Two Dreams

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – Things just did not line up for John Nobile during his drag racing career. He never became a huge star but it was not for lack of talent nor lack of want-to and certainly not for lack of effort. Mostly, for lack of fate.
But the years and [...]

Schumacher, Beckman, Edwards Keep Poles In Topeka
Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 16:45 | Comments Off
Schumacher, Beckman, Edwards Keep Poles In Topeka

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – The clouds dispersed, the temperatures rose and the speeds came down Saturday at Heartland Park Topeka.
As a result, the third and fourth rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Summer Nationals failed to produce much change in the starting order for Sunday’s eliminations.
Tony Schumacher held onto the top [...]

Neff Tunes, Drives His Way To Top In NHRA
Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 14:27 | Comments Off
Neff Tunes, Drives His Way To Top In NHRA

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – The economic times were frightening a couple years back. Nobody went unaffected and virtually nobody’s lives were stable. In auto racing, sponsorship money was flowing out of the sport like tides out of the Bay of Fundy.
And there, standing in the middle of it, was NHRA driver [...]

Tonight; Out Of The Pits And Into The Spotlight
Thursday, May 19, 2011 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Tonight; Out Of The Pits And Into The Spotlight

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of years ago, tension ran high between young driver Denny Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing over-the-wall gang. Hamlin had more talent than tact and it resulted in some regrettable over-the-radio chatter.
A year ago, any lingering wounds were healed when Hamlin’s team competed in the NASCAR Sprint Pit [...]

Race Day: So What’s Up With Wreck-And-Ring?
Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 9:13 | One Comment
Race Day: So What’s Up With Wreck-And-Ring?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The cell phone thing is out of control. And not just with teen-agers, multi-tasking morons on the highway and bin Laden. They’ve become thumb-sucking tics for Americans of all ilks this century.
They’re even big in NASCAR, where they’re used as basic communication, for sure, but also as peace pipes.
They are [...]

Edwards Survives Late Metal Storm At Dover
Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 7:16 | Comments Off
Edwards Survives Late Metal Storm At Dover

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards survived a wild final-lap wreck to win the rain-plagued 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
It was Edwards’ third victory of the season. It was a victory he was too shook up about to celebrate with his signature back flip.
Kyle Busch finished [...]

Force Secures Funny Car Pole, In Atlanta
Saturday, May 14, 2011 – 18:38 | Comments Off
Force Secures Funny Car Pole, In Atlanta

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John Force tied NHRA Pro Stock Legend Warren Johnson for the most No. 1 qualifiers in NHRA history as qualifying came to an end Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Spencer Massey, Mike Edwards and LE Tonglet also earned the top spots in their respective categories at the sixth of [...]

Pedley: ‘It’ Is Dividing The NASCAR Garages
Saturday, May 14, 2011 – 8:58 | One Comment
Pedley: ‘It’ Is Dividing The NASCAR Garages

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It became pretty obvious after Friday’s round of press conferences at Dover that the most famous words in NASCAR – and I’m not referring here to “Drivers, start your engines” –
are, in the minds of some, followed by a question.
The question being, “Have at what?”
It was a question which has [...]

Force No. 1 In Atlanta
Friday, May 13, 2011 – 21:03 | Comments Off
Force No. 1 In Atlanta

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John Force grabbed the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Summer Nationals in Atlanta.
Force is a seven-time winner at Atlanta Dragway.
Also grabbing top qualifying spots were Spencer Massey in Top Fuel, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motor Cycle.
Two more rounds of [...]

Busch Wins Truck Series Race In Dover
Friday, May 13, 2011 – 18:26 | Comments Off
Busch Wins Truck Series Race In Dover

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Kyle Busch won Friday afternoon’s Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.
The victory was his 96th in a national NASCAR  series race.
Cole Whitt was second.
Third was Matt Crafton, who took over the series points lead.
Austin Dillon was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.
Busch got the victory when Nelson Piquet Jr. and [...]