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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

Race Day: Drivers Will Be In For Bumpy Rides
Sunday, Mar 6, 2011 – 9:32 | One Comment
Race Day: Drivers Will Be In For Bumpy Rides

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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All human beings must deal with bumps in the road as they travel their way through life. Today in the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas, Sprint Cup drivers will have to deal with bumps in the road between turns 1 and 2.
And these babies are far from metaphorical, Grasshopper. These [...]

So Far, The New Guy Is The Top Guy At RCR
Saturday, Mar 5, 2011 – 12:19 | Comments Off
So Far, The New Guy Is The Top Guy At RCR

Paul Menard has been a bit of a racing wanderer. Four Sprint Cup teams in eight Sprint Cup seasons. But from the sound of it, Menard’s wandering days are over.
He has landed with one of the top teams in the series and the dividends – the kind of dividends which can spawn root-taking by the [...]

Kenseth Leads Ford Charge In Vegas Qualifying
Friday, Mar 4, 2011 – 20:06 | 2 Comments
Kenseth Leads Ford Charge In Vegas Qualifying

It’s true. That was Matt Kenseth leading a parade of Ford drivers to high qualifying spots on Friday afternoon as he won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Winning a pole is a rarity for Kenseth. The pole was the first for the Roush Fenway Racing driver since he was fastest [...]

Pedley: IndyCar Challenge Will Likely Go Unmet
Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 – 11:52 | 3 Comments
Pedley: IndyCar Challenge Will Likely Go Unmet

Randy Bernard quite obviously has a admirable streak of P.T. Barnum running through him. What he might need as he continues his efforts to nurse the IZOD IndyCar Series to improved health, however, is a streak of introspective practicality.
Because grand ideas need to have a thick ground wire attached to them in order to make [...]

Memo: Gordon-Hating Has Passed Out Of Vogue
Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 – 10:00 | 8 Comments
Memo: Gordon-Hating Has Passed Out Of Vogue

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
The airplane was on final approach and passengers had just been asked to turn off and stow all electronic equipment when the overly chatty flight attendant got back on the public address system.
Because the airplane was landing in Orlando during Speedweeks and [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]