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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

Gordon Ends His Win Drought In The Desert
Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 – 18:34 | One Comment
Gordon Ends His Win Drought In The Desert

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jeff Gordon took the lead away from Kyle Busch with eight laps to go and went on to win the wreck-ravaged Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sundayafternoon.
The victory was the 83rd of Gordon’s career but the first in a Sprint Cup car for the four-time champion [...]

Race Day: The Final Go ‘Round For The Old PIR
Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 – 10:30 | 2 Comments
Race Day: The Final Go ‘Round For The Old PIR

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Phoenix International is one of those race tracks which has been around long enough, has hosted enough memorable races and series and drivers, and is picturesque enough to inspire something more than mere acceptability.
The quirky miler in the hot, dusty, windy environs of the Arizona desert has inspired a reputation [...]

Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race; Moves In On Desert Sweep
Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 – 19:33 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race; Moves In On Desert Sweep

Kyle Busch won the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night, giving himself a shot at earning a NASCAR weekend sweep.
Busch, who won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race, can complete the three-race sweep with a victory in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
In the Nationwide race, Busch led every one [...]

Gilliland Also Provided Some February Warmth
Friday, Feb 25, 2011 – 16:18 | One Comment
Gilliland Also Provided Some February Warmth

Trevor Bayne and the Wood Brothers were the best of the feel good stories coming out of the Daytona 500 last weekend, but not the only ones.
David Gilliland, a person who has come to be a symbol of the journeyman driver in NASCAR, finished third. He actually had a run at victory and had things [...]

Bahrain Removed From F1 Schedule
Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 – 7:56 | Comments Off

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Formula One’s 2011 season-opener has fallen victim to the political unrest sweeping the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Confirming a rumor that had widely circulated over the weekend, officials of the Bahrain International Circuit confirmed Monday that the Kingdom had withdrawn as host of the Formula One Grand Prix of Bahrain because of continuing protests aimed at democratic [...]

Texas Gears Up For Dirters
Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 – 7:52 | One Comment

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Fort Worth, Texas – A combined entry list approaching 300 Limited Modifieds, Modifieds and O’Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Models are expected for the Texas World Dirt Track Championship set for March 3-5 at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
“The Texas World Dirt Track Championship is one of the premier dirt track events and we [...]

Formula 1 U.S. Has A President
Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 – 14:56 | Comments Off
Formula 1 U.S. Has A President

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Steve Sexton, former president and CEO of Churchill Downs Entertainment and former President of Churchill Downs, has joined the Formula 1 United States management team as President.
“Steve brings more than 25 years of major sports and entertainment management experience to our project. He understands our aspirations as an owners group and we have every confidence [...]

Wood You Believe It? Bayne, No. 21 Win The 500
Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 – 21:00 | 8 Comments
Wood You Believe It? Bayne, No. 21 Win The 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NASCAR’s past and future came together and gave race fans something to smile about on Sunday afternoon.
Youngster Trevor Bayne, in just his second Sprint Cup start, won the 2011 Daytona 500.
And the victory gave the iconic Wood Brothers Racing team its first Sprint Cup win since 2001 and its first [...]

500 Victory A Hit Among Competitors
Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 – 19:47 | 3 Comments
500 Victory A Hit Among Competitors

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The outcome of Sunday’s Daytona 500 proved doubly popular with NASCAR drivers, teams and officials.
A driver they consider a good kid got the victory in his first start, and the Wood Brothers Racing team got back to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway after a 500 for the first time [...]

Scenes Of 2001 Remain Seared Into The Brain
Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 – 5:00 | 7 Comments
Scenes Of 2001 Remain Seared Into The Brain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The day that Dale Earnhardt died will not, cannot, ever be forgotten by those who were there. Biggest star in the sport, biggest race in the sport, final lap, final turn.
It was the day the sport changed forever. Fans lost their anchor to the sport, the sport lost its cultural [...]