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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: It Shapes Up As A Day To Just Go For It
Sunday, Nov 21, 2010 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Race Day: It Shapes Up As A Day To Just Go For It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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When the season-ending Ford 400 begins today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, only 46 points will separate the three drivers who remain in contention for this year’s Sprint Cup championship. Only 15 points separate the top two.
Because of all that, and because all three have been consistently high finishers throughout the Chase [...]

Is All Cool On the No. 11 Team?
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010 – 9:26 | 2 Comments
Is All Cool On the No. 11 Team?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin looked like he had just seen Willie Nelson naked as he sat on the pit wall following last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Phoenix. With microphones and cameras in his face, he just kind of stared straight ahead and fumbled for words.
The scene had to leave NASCAR Nation [...]

Pedley: Edwards Lost In The Desert
Monday, Nov 15, 2010 – 9:18 | One Comment
Pedley: Edwards Lost In The Desert

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards got lost on Sunday. Got lost among a sea of frontstretch fans at Phoenix International Raceway and, more importantly when it comes to the history books, got lost in NASCAR Nation’s mind’s eye.
Yep, one of the worst things about the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championships is that [...]

Edwards Wins PIR; Chase Race Tightens
Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 – 18:19 | One Comment
Edwards Wins PIR; Chase Race Tightens

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards won the race at Phoenix International Raceway and Jimmie Johnson won his late-race fuel gamble, but NASCAR fans wanting a close battle for the 2010 Sprint Cup championship may have come away the biggest winners Sunday.
The series will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway with the top three drivers all [...]

Race Day: This Is About As Close As It Gets
Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 – 10:08 | One Comment
Race Day: This Is About As Close As It Gets

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans keep hearing that this year’s Sprint Cup points race is one of the closest in recent history. Three drivers separated by 59 points with just today’s Kobalt 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to go.
Why is it so close, with Denny Hamlin, Jimmie [...]

Pedley: Busch Put His Finger On Sports History
Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 – 6:23 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Busch Put His Finger On Sports History

Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Kyle Busch, this week, apologized to NASCAR and race fans for the obscene gesture he issued from the cockpit of his Sprint Cup car last Sunday and that’s probably appropriate.
Busch need not apologize, however, to voters on the panel which selects inclusion into the Obscene Gesture Hall [...]

Anderson Clinches Pro Stock
Saturday, Nov 13, 2010 – 21:40 | Comments Off
Anderson Clinches Pro Stock

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Greg Anderson said earlier this week that were he to win this year’s NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock championship, it would feel better than the other three he has won.
That because of the fact that he has gone four years since his last championship and he was beginning to wonder [...]

Bowyer Wins Truck Race, Bodine Wins Championship
Friday, Nov 12, 2010 – 22:01 | Comments Off
Bowyer Wins Truck Race, Bodine Wins Championship

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Clint Bowyer won the Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night but Todd Bodine won the championship.
Bowyer had no problem holding off Kyle Busch over the final laps and went on to win easily. Busch finished second.
Johnny Sauter finished third.
The victory was the second for Bowyer in eight [...]

Force Picks Up A Big Point
Friday, Nov 12, 2010 – 20:50 | Comments Off
Force Picks Up A Big Point

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John Force picked up a critical bonus point in qualifying Friday at the 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals to move back within two rounds of points-leader Matt Hagan in the race for the 2010 Funny Car championship.
The one bonus point he earned for the third-quickest pass during Friday’s second qualifying session drew him to [...]

Edwards On Phoenix Pole, Allmendinger On Edge
Friday, Nov 12, 2010 – 18:59 | Comments Off
Edwards On Phoenix Pole, Allmendinger On Edge

Carl Edwards will start on the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway thanks to a field-best qualifying lap on Friday afternoon.
And A.J. Allmendinger will start without a clue to what his future holds.
Edwards turned a fast lap of 136.389 mph. The pole is the third of the season for the Roush [...]