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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: Farewell, Little Track That Couldn’t
Friday, Oct 22, 2010 – 19:40 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Farewell, Little Track That Couldn’t

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
I thought the parking attendant guy had directed me to major trouble the first time I attended an event at Gateway International Raceway. T-bone trouble. I thought that as I inched my way through the cross-over and across backstretch and could see cars coming out of Turn 2.
But that’s Gateway. [...]

Pedley: McMurray Aces Test
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 – 9:15 | Comments Off
Pedley: McMurray Aces Test

Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Jamie McMurray’s victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night will go down in the history books as his third of the 2010 season. But it might also be accurately viewed as his first victory of the 2011 season.
Ditto for other non-Chase drivers who happened to win [...]

Gordon’s Hopes Are On The Ropes
Sunday, Oct 17, 2010 – 7:39 | One Comment
Gordon’s Hopes Are On The Ropes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship is, basically, a process of elimination. As the 10-event playoff wears on, drivers begin to be dropped from contention.
On Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it looks like it was Jeff Gordon’s turn to get dropped as car problems and head problems relegated [...]

Race Day: Welcome To CMS, AKA, Jimmieland
Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 – 8:59 | Comments Off
Race Day: Welcome To CMS, AKA, Jimmieland

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Yes, the Chase hits the halfway point today and, yes, Jimmie Johnson is leading the points and, yes, today’s race is at the track formerly known as Jimmieland, Charlotte Motor Speedway.
But no, other members of the Chase said this weekend, Johnson has not won this year’s championship. [...]

Charlotte Notes: Danica Will Be Back For More
Friday, Oct 15, 2010 – 13:17 | Comments Off
Charlotte Notes: Danica Will Be Back For More

Concord, N.C. – Danica Patrick officially announced she would be back racing in NASCAR in 2011 on Friday.
During a press conference at the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center, she confirmed that she will drive four Nationwide Series races for JR Motorsports – Daytona, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Bristol.
The rest of her scheduled will be put [...]

Pedley: Bowyer Finds Peace In Last Place
Friday, Oct 15, 2010 – 11:34 | Comments Off
Pedley: Bowyer Finds Peace In Last Place

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Watching the procession of Chase drivers rotate in and out of press conferences at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week, one would have to wonder if a berth in the playoffs is a prize or a penalty.
Moods ranged from distracted to surly as the drivers fielded questions about [...]

Gordon Takes P1 At Charlotte
Thursday, Oct 14, 2010 – 19:20 | Comments Off
Gordon Takes P1 At Charlotte

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Jeff Gordon said this week that, basically, he needs a victory real soon to have a shot at winning this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
On Thursday evening, he took a step toward that victory by winning the pole for Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at [...]

Busch Says No Way He Can Catch Jimmie
Thursday, Oct 14, 2010 – 18:24 | Comments Off
Busch Says No Way He Can Catch Jimmie

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Four days have not altered Kyle Busch’s assessment of his chances in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship: He’s cooked. Too many points out of the lead, too many cars to jump over and way too much Jimmie Johnson.
What remains as a goal, he said [...]

Pedley: Proud/Sorry To Say Here Is How I Voted
Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010 – 18:14 | 5 Comments
Pedley: Proud/Sorry To Say Here Is How I Voted

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Charlotte, N.C. – For the second year in a row on Wednesday afternoon, I left the room where voting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame was held with a case of buyer’s remorse.
For the first time ever, it slowly occurred to me Wednesday that for as long as I hold [...]

Pearson Heads New Hall Of Fame Class
Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010 – 15:28 | One Comment
Pearson Heads New Hall Of Fame Class

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Charlotte, N.C. – The NASCAR Hall of Fame grew by five members Wednesday as the voting for its second class was conducted in the Charlotte Convention Center.
The new members are David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore and Lee Petty.
The five new members join the inaugural class which was [...]