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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

Pedley: Conspiracy Talk Again Shadowing Junior
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 – 6:00 | 19 Comments
Pedley: Conspiracy Talk Again Shadowing Junior

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
I was kind of glad – and kind of surprised – when I turned into that late-afternoon ESPN discussion show which features two newspaper columnists who are much better at dropping names than doping
out anything NASCAR.
The crawl on the side of the screen which tells viewers what is coming up [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Wins Pole For The Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 – 15:54 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Wins Pole For The Daytona 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Earnhardt family’s heroic/tragic relationship with Daytona International Speedway intensified Sunday when Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a speed of 186.089 mph Sunday afternoon to win the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.
The pole was the first for Earnhardt Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series’ marquee event. But it was the [...]

Late Move Helps Kurt Busch Win Bud Shootout
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 22:16 | Comments Off
Late Move Helps Kurt Busch Win Bud Shootout

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Saturday night’s 75-lap Budweiser Shootout ended in a push.
The push, which came from drafting partner Jamie McMurray, enabled Kurt Busch to put a move on race-leader Ryan Newman in the final couple of hundred yards and win the the 24-car, non-points-paying Shootout at Daytona International Speedway by a matter of [...]

Memo: Things Could Get Real Ugly in NASCAR Garages
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 – 14:48 | One Comment
Memo: Things Could Get Real Ugly in NASCAR Garages

Let’s see what’s in the old Saturday Memo today:
NASCAR has set itself up for an environmental disaster of major proportions this coming season. It is a disaster the effects of which, I predict, will range from nightmares to temporary blindness.
It is the off-season decree by series officials that fans, and especially media, will be allowed [...]

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 [...]