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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: Change Is Inevitable; In Cup, It’s Constant
Thursday, Jan 20, 2011 – 10:30 | 7 Comments
Pedley: Change Is Inevitable; In Cup, It’s Constant

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
So one day this week we will reportedly all get the news that NASCAR officials have changed the system by which they award championship points after races. Like the idea or hate it, fans will
have to deal with it.
But perhaps a bigger issue in the long run is that another [...]

Pedley: NASCAR Needs To Slam A Grand Problem
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 – 16:21 | 3 Comments
Pedley: NASCAR Needs To Slam A Grand Problem

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jamie McMurray was one of the major stories of the 2010 NASCAR season. Not because of the fact that he re-emerged as a top-tier Sprint Cup driver, or that he won the Daytona 500, or that he won the Brickyard 400.
The big story surrounding McMurray was that he re-emerged as [...]

Pedley: Double-Dip Ban A Singularly Good Idea
Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 – 12:55 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Double-Dip Ban A Singularly Good Idea

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If media reports from this week prove correct, NASCAR will allow drivers to compete for championship points in only one of its major series at a time. The hope, obviously, is that the move will help pump more life into the Nationwide Series. The question is, will that hope be [...]

Pedley: 2011 Could Be A Biggie For Racing
Monday, Jan 10, 2011 – 10:01 | 4 Comments
Pedley: 2011 Could Be A Biggie For Racing

2011, eh?
The thought here is that it could be a big, important year in auto racing. A good big, important year or a bad big, important year.
As it should be, the determination of whether it will be good or bad will be made by the most important racing organization in America – racing’s fan base.
Most [...]

Waltrip Serious About Career As A Comedian
Sunday, Jan 9, 2011 – 10:26 | 11 Comments
Waltrip Serious About Career As A Comedian

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Epiphanies come in all shapes and sizes. Michael Waltrip had a moment of sudden comprehension about one aspect of his life just after he decided to get serious about one of his long-time passions.
“I’ve learned something very valuable during this process,” the two-time winner of the Daytona500 said during a [...]

Haywood Moves Down But Not Out Of The 24
Friday, Jan 7, 2011 – 11:04 | One Comment
Haywood Moves Down But Not Out Of The 24

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hurley Haywood chose his words carefully last year when he talked about his future driving plans. He avoided absolutes. He deftly navigated around using terms like “retiring for good” and “this is it” the same way he has navigated decreasing-radius corners from Elkhart Lake to Le Mans for the past [...]

To All: A Big Thank You And A Happy New Year
Saturday, Jan 1, 2011 – 11:48 | 3 Comments
To All: A Big Thank You And A Happy New Year

If you are reading this, then my big hope for 2011 has been realized. And I sincerely thank you.
RacinToday.com is heading into its third year of publication. I guess the cliched thing to say about that is something like, “Gee, we really didn’t think we would make it through one year.”
But we kind of did. [...]

Pedley: Memorable Scenes From The 2010 Season
Friday, Dec 31, 2010 – 9:28 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Memorable Scenes From The 2010 Season

It amazes me how many sports fans and media have what seem to be super human powers of recollection. They remember in astonishing detail what happened to which driver in races that occurred decades ago.
They’ll sit around bottle-strewn tables at restaurants and bistros, or huddle in small groups in infield press centers and debate the [...]

Pedley: A Driver Of The Year Vote Explained
Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 – 17:36 | 5 Comments
Pedley: A Driver Of The Year Vote Explained

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As with all voting processes for MVPs or players of the year or largest balls of string, the criteria used for voting for the Driver of the Year Award are kind of hazy.
And, human nature being what it is, things like personal experiences and living history and away-from-track persona can [...]

Ganassi On The Grow in IZOD IndyCar Series
Thursday, Dec 16, 2010 – 11:10 | Comments Off
Ganassi On The Grow in IZOD IndyCar Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Chip Ganassi announced Thursday that he is doubling his efforts in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Ganassi, who already fields cars for Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon – both of whom have won two series championships and the Indianapolis 500 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing – will add two more cars for [...]