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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

Kalitta Wins Gatornationals
Monday, Mar 17, 2014 – 2:43 | Comments Off
Kalitta Wins Gatornationals

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Doug Kalitta raced to his first victory of the season Sunday at the NHRA Gatornationals at historic Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.
Robert Hight (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Kalitta gained revenge from Phoenix, defeating Antron Brown in the [...]

Rahal Loves His Bumpy Relationship With Sebring
Friday, Mar 14, 2014 – 10:57 | Comments Off
Rahal Loves His Bumpy Relationship With Sebring

The racing surface at Sebring is really old concrete that is so hard and bumpy that it wins most of its battles against steel and carbon fiber racecar parts. It sits on land that is flat as a butch block, and the sandy Central Florida grit surrounding the circuit clogs parts and intensifies the corners.
Sebring [...]

Verizon Becomes Title Sponsor of IndyCar Series
Friday, Mar 14, 2014 – 8:58 | Comments Off
Verizon Becomes Title Sponsor of IndyCar Series

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INDYCAR announced today a multi-year entitlement agreement with Verizon that will see the North America open-wheel racing championship named the Verizon IndyCar Series.
“Verizon is delighted to become the title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series and to bring even more of our innovative technology to the fans, to the teams and to the entire motorsports [...]

Penske’s Quick Start Signals Move To The Top Tier
Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 – 19:35 | 2 Comments
Penske’s Quick Start Signals Move To The Top Tier

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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For those who followed open-wheel and sports car racing, Roger Penske’s fortunes as a team owner in NASCAR were tough to comprehend.
The man who had spun gold in racing series which depended upon major amounts of high technology and demanded time-piece precision, couldn’t consistently fit together championship pieces in the [...]

New Points Format Shakes Earth – Or Does It?
Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 – 8:14 | 2 Comments
New Points Format Shakes Earth – Or Does It?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NASCAR’s era of big changes has faced high levels of criticism from the paying customers. But there is one change that was made for the 2014 season that some say just might be capable of cross-generational appeal.
It’s a tweaking of the points format and it was aimed squarely at a [...]

Bad Day At Las Vegas A Concern For Biffle
Friday, Mar 7, 2014 – 9:39 | Comments Off
Bad Day At Las Vegas A Concern For Biffle

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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An extra day of practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday may have resulted in an extra day of discovery for some Sprint Cup drivers, but for Greg Biffle of Roush Fenway Racing, the test produced an extra day of frustration.
The first question directed at him in a post-session [...]

Harvick Appears In Position To Fulfill Potential
Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 – 10:41 | Comments Off
Harvick Appears In Position To Fulfill Potential

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It’s always been tough to slot Kevin Harvick during discussions about driving talent. By the end of the 2014 Sprint Cup season – 2015 at the latest – that process will become easier.
Right now, albeit just a week into the current season, there is growing evidence that Harvick’s place in [...]

Harvick Holds Off Earnhardt Jr. To Win Phoenix
Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 – 18:13 | Comments Off
Harvick Holds Off Earnhardt Jr. To Win Phoenix

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kevin Harvick, fast all week in practices, was fast on race day as well as he notched a dominating win in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
The win was Harvick’s fifth in a Cup race at PIR and first overall since leaving Richard Childress Racing at the [...]

Racing Will Reach A New Low In Phoenix Today
Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Racing Will Reach A New Low In Phoenix Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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When it comes to racing machinery, there are very few inconsequential changes. Virtually all have the ability to produce or reduce speed – and, hence, finishing positions in races – depending on how teams and drivers deal with the changes.
For that reason, today’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International [...]

‘Knockout Qualifying’ Gets A Split Decision At Phoenix
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 – 11:23 | 4 Comments
‘Knockout Qualifying’ Gets A Split Decision At Phoenix

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Turns out, there was no need to make use heart needles during the Sprint Cup Series’ debut of “knockout qualifying”. The new procedure was interesting but hardly the fuse-blowing fun-o-rama that some had predicted/hoped it would be.
“I don’t know,” driver Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports said when asked about it [...]