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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

Shootout To Be A Seminar For The Upcoming 500
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 9:43 | Comments Off
Shootout To Be A Seminar For The Upcoming 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s a non-point race, but that does not mean the Budweiser Shootout is a non-importance race. On the contrary. And especially this year.
This year, in addition to giving participating teams and drivers extra practice time and a dress-rehearsal opportunity for the season-opening Daytona 500, the Shootout will be held on [...]

Johnson’s Crew Will Face Internal Competition, Too
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 8:15 | 2 Comments
Johnson’s Crew Will Face Internal Competition, Too

The word is out to pit crew members of Jimmie Johnson’s Sprint Cup team: Rest on your laurels and you’ll be resting on your butt.
Chad Knaus, Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports crew chief, made that clear Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Knaus said that crew members on his team who do not perform up to the level which [...]

Indy Voice Carnegie Passes Away
Friday, Feb 11, 2011 – 12:15 | One Comment
Indy Voice Carnegie Passes Away

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tony Stewart is an Indiana native who grew up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He drove cars in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 at IMS, winning the latter in 2005 and 2007.
Stewart spoke for a lot of people Friday when he commented on the sad news that Tom [...]

They’re Talking Racin’ At Speedweeks Media Day
Thursday, Feb 10, 2011 – 10:04 | One Comment
They’re Talking Racin’ At Speedweeks Media Day

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Today, Thursday, Feb. 10, is media day for Speedweeks. All of the top drivers in NASCAR are being paraded into a big tent at Daytona International Speedway to stand before microphones and notebooks.
Some of the words coming out of their mouths are witty, pithy, informative and entertaining. Some words, well, [...]

Pedley: Is It Time To Put Speedweeks On A Diet?
Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 – 17:15 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Is It Time To Put Speedweeks On A Diet?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Speedweeks are upon us. But you have to wonder if, in this time of cutbacks and downsizing, might it not be a good idea to trim things back to Speedweek – singular?
During flush times – for NASCAR and the world – spreading the opening of the racing season out over [...]

Racers Pick Winner Of Daytona 500 Of NFL Games
Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 – 9:08 | 2 Comments
Racers Pick Winner Of Daytona 500 Of NFL Games

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Today is the big day for NFL fans. It’s the day of their biggest game. The Super Bowl. Or as some call it, the Daytona 500 of football games.
Several auto racing drivers and other racing types are headed down to Dallas/Fort Worth for the game, which features the Green Bay Packers [...]

Pedley: Bigger Money For Winning? Check, Please!
Friday, Feb 4, 2011 – 8:24 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Bigger Money For Winning? Check, Please!

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Bruton Smith has come up with a lot of good ideas over the years. The one he offered up at the NASCAR Media Tour last week was not one of them. Rather than heal what ails the Sprint Cup Series, the idea would infect an already red and painful wound.
Smith, [...]

Ganassi Rolls Into 2011 With Rolex 24 Victory
Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 – 15:34 | Comments Off
Ganassi Rolls Into 2011 With Rolex 24 Victory

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Team owner Chip Ganassi’s wonderful 2010 racing season extended into 2011 Sunday when his No. 01 BMW/Riley Daytona Prototype car won the 49th Rolex 24 Grand-Am series race at Daytona Internatonal Speedway.
The car, which won the 2010 Grand-Am championship, was driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal.
With [...]

Shape Matters When It Comes To Driving The 24
Friday, Jan 28, 2011 – 18:37 | One Comment
Shape Matters When It Comes To Driving The 24

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Chances are, you are having an easier week than are the drivers for the GAINSCO Racing Grand-Am series team. In terms of physical comfort, at least.
Because the days leading up to the start of the Rolex 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway, represent hell week for the GAINSCO guys who [...]

Hamlin Wants Name On Cup, Not On Picks Lists
Friday, Jan 28, 2011 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Hamlin Wants Name On Cup, Not On Picks Lists

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Many of he biggest, most serious media predictions about who will do what in the upcoming Sprint Cup season have not been released quite yet. But when they do start hitting the streets, Denny Hamlin has no illusions about where he will find his name.
Not at the top, the 29-year-old [...]