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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

Rayhall Says 8Star Ready To Make Its Move
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 – 1:14 | Comments Off
Rayhall Says 8Star Ready To Make Its Move

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sean Rayhall stood in front of television cameras after his last outing in Prototype Challenge race smiling and talking about positive things. But underneath the smile were teeth biting a tongue.
Yes Rayhall led the race, yes he had a fast car under him and yes a victory [...]

Cumming Gives RSR Another Tudor Pole
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 – 1:08 | Comments Off
Cumming Gives RSR Another Tudor Pole

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Chris Cumming won his first Tudor United SportsCar Series Championship pole Friday night when he had fast lap during qualifying for Sunday’s Kansas Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway’s infield road course.
Cumming, driving the No. 08 entry of RSR Racing, had a fast lap around the 6-turn, 2.37-mile [...]

TUDOR Rolls Into Kansas With Brand New Format
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 17:20 | Comments Off
TUDOR Rolls Into Kansas With Brand New Format

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – So much will be new and unique in Saturday night’s Grand Prix of Kansas that competitors could probably leave the notebooks back at their shops and instead just bring a 3-by-5 note card or two with them to Kansas Speedway this weekend.
In fact, so much about the [...]

Gentilozzi And Family Have Settled Into Their PC Home
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 8:44 | One Comment
Gentilozzi And Family Have Settled Into Their PC Home

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The hauler which serves as the at-track office for his race team is smaller than they were for Paul Gentilozzi back in the day. The team is smaller. The budgets are definitely smaller and, quite frankly, the stage on which Gentilozzi and his RSR Racing team performs is much smaller.
What hasn’t [...]

Johnson Wins Dover For Second Straight Victory
Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 – 16:15 | Comments Off
Johnson Wins Dover For Second Straight Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson arrived in Charlotte, N.C. in mid-May for the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 with people asking him when he was going to win a race this year. Johnson left Dover, Del. on Sunday with people wondering when he would next lose a race.
Johnson dominated large portions [...]

The 600 Is A Big Race In More Ways Than Just One
Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 13:39 | Comments Off
The 600 Is A Big Race In More Ways Than Just One

CONCORD, N.C. – In a way, the first-ever Memorial Day weekend 600-mile NASCAR race got off to a shotgun start back in 1960 as heavily-armed Charlotte Motor Speedway founders Bruton Smith, Curtis Turner, Turner’s brother Darnell and driver Bob Welborn confronted an obstinate contractor and his crew to persuade them to stop delaying the track [...]

KO Qualifying Snafus Cost Top Contenders Big At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, May 23, 2014 – 12:02 | Comments Off
KO Qualifying Snafus Cost Top Contenders Big At Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. – Guess some teams still have some minor tweaking to do in their approaches to the new Knockout Qualifying thing. In the case of the teams of Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth, maybe some major tweaks.
Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing team and Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing team both advanced into the third and final round [...]

Johnson To Start 600 From The Pole
Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 19:20 | Comments Off
Johnson To Start 600 From The Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson started his bid to win Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race by winning the pole on Thursday evening.
Johnson had a pole winning speed of 194.911 miles per hour in the final of three rounds of knockout qualifying to bag the pole.
It was the first [...]

NASCAR Garages Will Be Watching The Indy 500
Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 17:16 | One Comment
NASCAR Garages Will Be Watching The Indy 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – When Kurt Busch squeezes into his Indy car on Sunday to compete in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, he will not squeeze in alone. With him will be a NASCAR garage full of drivers and team members.
That became evident Thursday when the garages opened for business at Charlotte [...]

Jimmie Johnson Says HOF Voting Was Major Hoot
Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 15:05 | Comments Off
Jimmie Johnson Says HOF Voting Was Major Hoot

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – With all he’s accomplished, with everything he has in life, with the giant future he has, you would think that it would be tough to impress Jimmie Johnson. But from the sound of it, the day he had on Wednesday impressed the six-time Sprint Cup champion in [...]