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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

Villeneuve: Road America One Of World’s Best
Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 – 6:14 | 2 Comments
Villeneuve: Road America One Of World’s Best

Some NASCAR fans shook their heads sideways when it was announced that the Nationwide Series race which had been held at the Milwaukee Mile oval was being moved to 14-turn, 4.048-mile Road America.
Not Jacques Villeneuve. He nodded his head up and down.
“It’s always been one of my favorite tracks,” Villeneuve said in a phone [...]

Kahne Soars To Pole At Infineon
Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – 19:10 | 2 Comments
Kahne Soars To Pole At Infineon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kasey Kahne’s high-flying qualifying run at Infineon Raceway on Friday put him on the pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Kahne, whose car went airborne off the road track’s curbing a couple of times during his run, turned a lap at 93.893 mph in the session.
The pole was the first of [...]

Andretti Putting Moves On Big Two
Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – 15:29 | One Comment
Andretti Putting Moves On Big Two

The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season was supposed to be all about the teams of Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi. In terms both of winning races and the championship.
That is, this was supposed to be a business-as-usual year for North America’s top open-wheel series.
And that’s kind of the way the season did start as Penske [...]

Ambrose Has Had To Adjust Goals for 2010
Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 – 10:16 | One Comment
Ambrose Has Had To Adjust Goals for 2010

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
That trademark ebullience was in short supply when Marcos Ambrose talked to the media this week. In its place was a mixture of frustration and uncertainty.
Nobody needed to ask why:
Jacked-up hopes that Ambrose would become the first Australian to win a Sprint Cup race and make the Chase are on [...]

Fords Leave Michigan With Dose Of Hope
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 – 9:15 | One Comment
Fords Leave Michigan With Dose Of Hope

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It wasn’t the grab the checkered flag and drive backwards around the track kind of victory. There were no confetti canons and Miss Sprint wasn’t there to christen the moment.
But no matter. Kasey Kahne, his team and a small army of others associated with Ford Racing had to be partying [...]

Hamlin In Command In Winning at Michigan
Monday, Jun 14, 2010 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Hamlin In Command In Winning at Michigan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin got his fifth victory of the season when he won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
And he barely broke a sweat doing it.
Hamlin led most of the second half of the race and led it by margins of, at times, [...]

Race Day: Racing And Feuding Moves To MIS
Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 – 9:21 | Comments Off
Race Day: Racing And Feuding Moves To MIS

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The hot topic in Sprint Cup this week – as it has been fairly often this year – is driver feuds. Their causes and effects have been debated more than the slumping economy in the garages at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.
The spark, of course, was last weekend’s post-race blowup [...]

Ford Out To Party In Its Backyard This Weekend
Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 – 18:40 | Comments Off
Ford Out To Party In Its Backyard This Weekend

Thursday was a huge day at Ford Racing headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. As has become traditional on the week of Sprint Cup racing at Michigan International Speedway, drivers and big shots from the company’s North American racing programs were invited to town to see, feel and schmooze.
During an early morning phone conversation, Jamie Allision, head [...]

NASCAR’s Richter Dies
Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 – 16:05 | Comments Off
NASCAR’s Richter Dies

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Les Richter, a former NASCAR executive and also a star in the National Football League, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 79.
Richter was best known in the sports world as an eight-time Pro Bowler at linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, who acquired him in a trade for 11 players. But he had [...]

Ford Content To Watch Le Mans
Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 – 12:30 | 2 Comments
Ford Content To Watch Le Mans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The folks at Ford Racing are watching the 24-hour race at Le Mans this weekend with interest, but not with vested interest. And that’s not likely to change in the near future.
“We have a plate full, honestly,” Jamie Allison, head of Ford Racing, said during a telephone call this week [...]