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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: AMS Is A Chase To The Chase Place
Sunday, Sep 5, 2010 – 11:34 | Comments Off
Race Day: AMS Is A Chase To The Chase Place

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
With just tonight’s Emory Healthcare 500 and next weekend’s race in Richmond remaining in the Chase to the Chase, it looks as thought the fight for the 12th and final playoff berth is a three-driver affair.
Those three are Clint Bowyer, who is currently 12th; Jamie McMurray, who is 100 points [...]

Edwards Looking Dynastic In NHRA Pro Stock
Saturday, Sep 4, 2010 – 9:50 | One Comment
Edwards Looking Dynastic In NHRA Pro Stock

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – Mike Edwards has been pedaling Pro Stock cars down drag strips for a while now. He’s seen enough of the sport to know that success in that division of the NHRA Full Throttle series can be contageous.
Pro Stock, he’s observed, tends to be the division which produces [...]

NHRA Notes: JFR Attacks In Force
Friday, Sep 3, 2010 – 19:42 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: JFR Attacks In Force

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – It was a John Force Racing kind of September evening on the opening day of the 2010 NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
Led by defending Funny Car champion Robert Hight, the JFR bunch swept the top three spots in first-round of qualifying for the [...]

Hight’s On A Lot Of Minds As Nationals Begin
Friday, Sep 3, 2010 – 12:31 | Comments Off
Hight’s On A Lot Of Minds As Nationals Begin

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – Robert Hight arrived at drag racing’s biggest event on Friday as a whole lot more than just the defending Funny Car champion and the owner of the No. 2 spot in this year’s point standings.
He arrived as a symbol of hope for that large handful of drivers [...]

Pedley: Busch A Cold Customer
Thursday, Sep 2, 2010 – 6:39 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Busch A Cold Customer

Olathe, Kan. – Kyle Busch didn’t get the drift of the question when he was asked last week what his thoughts were as he sped toward his hook-up with history in Bristol two weeks ago.
Or did he?
Whatever. His answer and tone may go a long way in explaining something about what it takes to be [...]

Pedley: Give Canada A Cup Race
Monday, Aug 30, 2010 – 9:00 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Give Canada A Cup Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was a brow-wiping moment earlier this year when I saw that the race in Montreal was on the 2011 Nationwide Series schedule. It would have been a fist-pumping moment had I seen that a race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would have been included on the Sprint Cup schedule.
When it [...]

Logano Showing Some Road Racing Chops
Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 – 8:02 | Comments Off
Logano Showing Some Road Racing Chops

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
After Joey Logano’s Nationwide Series qualifying run at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Saturday, there was almost as much grass and dirt on the track as there was in infield at the 14-turn, 2.7-mile road course.
And it looked like the good showing that the 20-year-old driver had made at Watkins Glen earlier [...]

Busch Runs His NASCAR Win Streak To Four
Friday, Aug 27, 2010 – 22:15 | Comments Off
Busch Runs His NASCAR Win Streak To Four

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
After finishing behind Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup race at Bristol last weekend, Clint Bowyer jokingly called the winner of that race a “little turd”. Bowyer may soon have to change that to “big turd”.
Busch made it four straight victories in major NASCAR touring series races Friday night when [...]

Ganassi Drivers Hope Power Is Circling The Drain
Friday, Aug 27, 2010 – 10:10 | Comments Off
Ganassi Drivers Hope Power Is Circling The Drain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Back during the days when American open-wheel racing was going through its civil war, then-CART driver Dario Franchitti didn’t hide his dislike for driving really fast cars right next to concrete walls on oval race tracks.
Having raced on nothing but road courses during his career, that dislike of ovals was [...]

Busch Wrecked By Fan At Karting Event
Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Busch Wrecked By Fan At Karting Event

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Olathe, Kan. – Kyle Busch’s adventurous week continued on Wednesday when he was dumped hard by a fan during a go-karting event set up by Kansas Speedway.
One witness, who said he was behind the incident when it took place, said one of the fans sharing the track during the publicity [...]