Home » Archive by Author

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

Is ‘The King’ Being Fitted For His 21st Crown?
Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 – 14:26 | Comments Off
Is ‘The King’ Being Fitted For His 21st Crown?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of years back, Steve Kinser had kind of disappeared from the sprint car map.
Yes, he still won races. Some would say he won lots of races from 2006 through 2010. But for Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaws champion, anything but being on top of the point standings [...]

France Pleased With Fast Start To 2011 NASCAR Season
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 – 16:59 | One Comment
France Pleased With Fast Start To 2011 NASCAR Season

It was an upbeat NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France who spoke during a teleconference with the media on Wednesday. The reason for the good mood, he indicated, was the good start to which the Sprint Cup season has jumped out.
“It’s nice to see the interest level on the way back up.” France said.
He cited [...]

Conway Claims He Was ‘Ambushed’; Gordon Penalized
Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 – 9:03 | 8 Comments
Conway Claims He Was ‘Ambushed’; Gordon Penalized

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Not all the action was on the race track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. And some action which took place in the garages may find its way into a courtroom.
The non-racing action involved drivers Robby Gordon and Kevin Conway. The two reportedly had angry words and much more [...]

Pedley: Big Leads Lead To Small Drama at Vegas
Monday, Mar 7, 2011 – 9:07 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Big Leads Lead To Small Drama at Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Odds and ends from a Sunday at Las Vegas:
In this edition – Big leads; New faces; Fueling problems; Air gun woes.
After starting off the season with two very good, very entertaining races, the Sprint Cup Series event in Las Vegas was a dog. And for the next several weeks [...]

Edwards Holds Off Stewart To Win Las Vegas
Sunday, Mar 6, 2011 – 18:18 | One Comment
Edwards Holds Off Stewart To Win Las Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards took the lead during a final round of green flag pit stops with about 30 laps to go, held off  a resilient Tony Stewart and won the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The victory was the third in the last five [...]

Race Day: Drivers Will Be In For Bumpy Rides
Sunday, Mar 6, 2011 – 9:32 | One Comment
Race Day: Drivers Will Be In For Bumpy Rides

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
All human beings must deal with bumps in the road as they travel their way through life. Today in the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas, Sprint Cup drivers will have to deal with bumps in the road between turns 1 and 2.
And these babies are far from metaphorical, Grasshopper. These [...]

So Far, The New Guy Is The Top Guy At RCR
Saturday, Mar 5, 2011 – 12:19 | Comments Off
So Far, The New Guy Is The Top Guy At RCR

Paul Menard has been a bit of a racing wanderer. Four Sprint Cup teams in eight Sprint Cup seasons. But from the sound of it, Menard’s wandering days are over.
He has landed with one of the top teams in the series and the dividends – the kind of dividends which can spawn root-taking by the [...]

Kenseth Leads Ford Charge In Vegas Qualifying
Friday, Mar 4, 2011 – 20:06 | 2 Comments
Kenseth Leads Ford Charge In Vegas Qualifying

It’s true. That was Matt Kenseth leading a parade of Ford drivers to high qualifying spots on Friday afternoon as he won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Winning a pole is a rarity for Kenseth. The pole was the first for the Roush Fenway Racing driver since he was fastest [...]

Pedley: IndyCar Challenge Will Likely Go Unmet
Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 – 11:52 | 3 Comments
Pedley: IndyCar Challenge Will Likely Go Unmet

Randy Bernard quite obviously has a admirable streak of P.T. Barnum running through him. What he might need as he continues his efforts to nurse the IZOD IndyCar Series to improved health, however, is a streak of introspective practicality.
Because grand ideas need to have a thick ground wire attached to them in order to make [...]

Memo: Gordon-Hating Has Passed Out Of Vogue
Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 – 10:00 | 8 Comments
Memo: Gordon-Hating Has Passed Out Of Vogue

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
The airplane was on final approach and passengers had just been asked to turn off and stow all electronic equipment when the overly chatty flight attendant got back on the public address system.
Because the airplane was landing in Orlando during Speedweeks and [...]