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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 Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 – 10:13 | Comments Off
The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tradition, it appears, will never be a problem for the race which is now known as the Sprint Unlimited. That’s because the event – a kind of non-points-paying all-star race which kicks off the Sprint Cup season – won’t sit still long enough to establish a true tradition.
Every year, additions [...]

Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 – 20:10 | Comments Off
Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Thursday was Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. The following are some select Qs and As from the day. Some are listed because the questions are, um, interesting. Some because the answers are, um, interesting.
Readers can figure out which are which.

Q to Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing: You have [...]

King Kinser Will Get A Royal Send Off In 2014
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 – 18:34 | Comments Off
King Kinser Will Get A Royal Send Off In 2014

In the mid-1980s, a guy from the advertising department at the newspaper I worked for in Colorado came to my desk and asked if I was going to the local dirt track that weekend. When asked why, ad guy gave a two-word answer: Kinser’s there.
Not the sprint cars or the World of Outlaws or the [...]

The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 – 9:07 | 12 Comments
The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last weekend, Richard Petty had some interesting things to say about Danica Patrick, the current state of racing in NASCAR, and how those two entities connect. None of it was very flattering to Patrick as a race car driver nor NASCAR as racing series driven by actual racing.
After giving it [...]

Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate
Monday, Feb 10, 2014 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate

Jason Line arrived at the 2014 NHRA Winternationals with a built-in excuse should he end the event with a less-than-wonderful result.  The KB Racing Pro Stock driver could simply say he had more important things than drag racing on his mind.
Line, however, opted against excuse making. Instead, he used news that teammate/team leader Greg Anderson [...]

Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The wait for John Force to start acting his age goes on as the 64-year-old drag racer opened defense of his 16th NHRA Funny Car championship with a victory in the Winternationals.
Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history with 139 event victories, beat Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing to [...]

Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel
Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 – 12:03 | Comments Off
Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A year ago at this time, Shawn Langdon was a driver with things to prove. Important things. Things like proving he belonged on a Top Fuel team that had a championship-winning past.
This year heading into the coming weekend’s NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series’ season-opening Winternationals, Langdon again has something [...]

NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 – 12:01 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s off season of change continued Tuesday with the unveiling of new procedures for issuing penalties. Also dealt with during a teleconference conducted by Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations, and Robin Pemberton, series vice president, competition and racing development, was the penalty-appeals processes.
O’Donnell said that impetus [...]

Stars Doing Their Best To Sell NASCAR Changes
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 – 16:16 | 6 Comments
Stars Doing Their Best To Sell NASCAR Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For the most part, it’s pretty uncomfortable watching sports stars as they attempt to cross over into the field of acting. They tend to be, um, unconvincing in their roles. And, interestingly, it seems the bigger the sports star, the poorer the actor. Think Wilt Chamberlain in “Conan the Destroyer”.
On [...]

Ready Or Not, United SportsCar Is Set To Launch
Friday, Jan 24, 2014 – 11:35 | Comments Off
Ready Or Not, United SportsCar Is Set To Launch

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When the Rolex Grand-Am Series teams packed up and left Kansas Speedway after last August’s race, it appeared that hopes for a smooth transition to a unified American sports car racing  series in 2014 were in danger of leaving with them.
Time and pockets of squabbling had become the enemies of [...]