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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

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 [...]

Rolex 24 Gives Stockers Chance To Do Road Work
Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 – 18:22 | Comments Off
Rolex 24 Gives Stockers Chance To Do Road Work

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The word “fun” gets wide use by stock-car and open-wheel drivers who cross over to the world of sportscar-racing at this time of year. Ask them why they are competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, and they usually work that word in.
But for some of those cross-pollinators, [...]

Reaction To Change Mounts
Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 – 11:02 | 4 Comments
Reaction To Change Mounts

Reaction to Wednesday’s announcement of changes to NASCAR’s point system began to roll in shortly after the announcement was made by NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the annual media tour sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The reaction came from drivers, media and track officials and promoters.
Here [...]

Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011
Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 – 16:46 | Comments Off
Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
John Force Racing announced Tuesday that his daughter, Ashley Force Hood, and her husband are expecting a child and she will not drive a Funny Car for the JFR NHRA team this coming season.
Headed back to the cockpit for the team will be Mike Neff, a former driver for JFR [...]

Vickers Fulfills His Promise To Return To Racing
Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 – 9:20 | Comments Off
Vickers Fulfills His Promise To Return To Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On Thursday, when asked to describe how he felt when a doctor told him that it was doubtful that he would ever drive a race car again, Brian Vickers turned to one of the classics of the American cinema for his answer:
“Kind of like, ’so you’re telling me there’s a [...]

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 [...]