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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Johnson: Who Knows What Harvick Will Do
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 – 8:23 | Comments Off on Johnson: Who Knows What Harvick Will Do
Johnson: Who Knows What Harvick Will Do

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick’s qualifying run at New Hamphire Motor Speedway put him where he wanted to be – on the front row for Sunday’s race. Then it put him where he didn’t want to be – having to face the media.
By qualifying second fastest on Friday, Harvick was required by NASCAR […]

Not A Good Idea To Attack Power-Makers That Be
Friday, Sep 25, 2015 – 15:16 | 3 Comments
Not A Good Idea To Attack Power-Makers That Be

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fact: Kevin Harvick would be a journeyman driver in need of anger-management classes instead of a defending Sprint Cup champion in need of anger-management classes were it not for the Hendrick Motrosports engines that sit in his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
He might want to consider that the next time he physically attacks […]

Hobbled Hamlin Sprints To Win At Chicagoland
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 – 17:24 | Comments Off on Hobbled Hamlin Sprints To Win At Chicagoland
Hobbled Hamlin Sprints To Win At Chicagoland

Denny Hamlin may have been a casualty on a basketball court two weeks ago but he was a winner on Sunday as he opened the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs with a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver – who not only suffered severe damage to his right knee in the […]

Ironman Jeff Gordon Streaks Into Chicagoland
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 – 18:35 | Comments Off on Ironman Jeff Gordon Streaks Into Chicagoland
Ironman Jeff Gordon Streaks Into Chicagoland

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon may be one of NASCAR’s elders, but he still has a pretty good memory. Like of the time he and Ricky Rudd almost threw down after a battle for the same piece of track near Turn 3 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Gordon, who will tie Rudd for Sprint Cup’s […]

Johnson Hopes Summertime Blues Are Over
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 – 9:41 | Comments Off on Johnson Hopes Summertime Blues Are Over
Johnson Hopes Summertime Blues Are Over

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jimmie Johnson was given an out during a break in Wednesday’s Sprint Cup Series open test at Kansas Speedway when he was asked his mediocre showings in races the last three months were the result of getting ready for the Chase playoffs.
The six-time Cup champ passed, […]

Keselowski Wants To Win His Way To Title No. 2
Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Keselowski Wants To Win His Way To Title No. 2
Keselowski Wants To Win His Way To Title No. 2

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – As a highly-paid NASCAR driver, Brad Keselowski knows when to pound the gas pedal, when to tap the brakes and when to get diplomatic. During a break in testing at Kansas Speedway on Wednesday, a question about the current Chase format sent the former Sprint Cup […]

Langdon’s Championship Hopes Rescued By Don Schumacher
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 – 16:53 | One Comment
Langdon’s Championship Hopes Rescued By Don Schumacher

Earlier this week, it appeared that Shawn Langdon would be sitting out the six-race, championship-deciding NHRA Countdown playoff because his Alan Johnson Racing team had run low of operating capital.
But on Wednesday, Don Schumacher Racing came to the rescue.
DSR and AJR announced that former NHRA world champion Shawn Langdon will drive DSR’s Red Fuel Powered by […]

McMurray Finally Gets His Due
Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 – 9:00 | Comments Off on McMurray Finally Gets His Due
McMurray Finally Gets His Due

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As Jamie McMurray was pulling off his helmet and climbing out of his car in Victory Lane after winning at Charlotte in 2002 in just his second Sprint Cup start, NASCAR fans and competitors had to be thinking they were watching a star being born.
Young, good looking, contagious charm and […]

Kahne Sounding Oddly Meh On An All-Important Weekend
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 – 16:02 | Comments Off on Kahne Sounding Oddly Meh On An All-Important Weekend
Kahne Sounding Oddly Meh On An All-Important Weekend

Kasey Kahne swore on Friday that despite have a season that is sort of un-Kahne-like and definitely un-Hendrick Motorsports-like and absolutely in need of an 11th-hour miracle to salvage a playoff berth, everthing’s cool.
“I’ve been really calm,” Kahne said prior to the first practice of the weekend for Saturday night’s Chase to the Chase finale at […]

Mission Accomplished: Busch Bags A Berth
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 – 12:44 | Comments Off on Mission Accomplished: Busch Bags A Berth
Mission Accomplished: Busch Bags A Berth

Some notes and thoughts from Sunday night’s Southern 500 at what appeared to be a very fan-packed Darlington Raceway:
– Kyle Busch completed his Chase chase after finishing seventh at Darlington. The points he earned locked him in to the top 30 and, thus, enabled the Joe Gibbs Racing driver to meet the special playoff berth-securing […]