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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: Summer Of Change Continues
Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 – 7:44 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Summer Of Change Continues

NASCAR’s mid-summer burst of news will continue today with press conferences about racing in Kansas City, Southern California and Kentucky.
Also in the wind is possible word on where driver Kasey Kahne will land for the 2011 Sprint Cup season.
Barring a nuclear surprise, the only drama surrounding the Kentucky and Kansas City announcements are the dates [...]

Chicagoland To Open 2011 Chase
Monday, Aug 9, 2010 – 10:12 | One Comment
Chicagoland To Open 2011 Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Beginning next season, Chicagoland Speedway will host the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
The announcement was made Monday morning during a press conference/teleconference held in Chicago.
Chicagoland, located in Joliet, Ill., will supplant New Hamsphire Motor Speedway as the first race of the 10-race, 12-driver playoff.
New Hampshire [...]

The Fight For 12th Heats Up
Monday, Aug 9, 2010 – 8:50 | Comments Off
The Fight For 12th Heats Up

The cry of  ‘We’re number 12” isn’t real rich in panache, but a large handful of Sprint Cup teams are clawing like crazy for the right to issue it these days.
The chase to the Chase – that is, the pursuit of the 12th and final playoff berth – was down to five races when the [...]

Race Day: Cup Series Is On The Road Again
Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 – 8:39 | Comments Off
Race Day: Cup Series Is On The Road Again

By Jim Pedey | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The line between haves and have-nots in NASCAR road racing has slimmed down over the last decade as more and more drivers have gotten better on the twisties. But thin as it is, that line still exists.
Who will the haves be today in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at [...]

Racin’ News: Burton Points Finger At Pocono
Friday, Aug 6, 2010 – 12:00 | 2 Comments
Racin’ News: Burton Points Finger At Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In racin’ news today:
Apparently Jeff Burton is not going to let the threat of secret fines keep him from speaking his mind.
On Friday morning, Burton was asked about safety at Pocono Raceway in the wake of the horrific crash there last weekend involving Elliott Sadler. Burton was asked if he [...]

Pedley: The FR9 Has Its Day
Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 – 6:02 | Comments Off
Pedley: The FR9 Has Its Day

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Normally, engine roll-outs don’t get much attention in NASCAR. They are announced, the engines are lowered into the cars and off they go, to be only obscurely referenced until they are replaced years later.
It has not gone like that for the Ford FR9 engine.
Since it was unveiled last year, it [...]

Race Day: Gentlemen, Start Your Momentum
Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 – 8:38 | Comments Off
Race Day: Gentlemen, Start Your Momentum

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Sprint Cup teams and drivers are racing at Pocono Raceway today. But stashed somewhere in the backs of their minds will be the upcoming race at New Hampshie because all who still have realistic hopes for the championship will need to be in 12th-place or better when that race [...]

Memo: Believability Has Been Put On The Line
Friday, Jul 30, 2010 – 8:42 | 2 Comments
Memo: Believability Has Been Put On The Line

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Friday morning at Pocono Raceway and Iowa Speedway, NASCAR’s top drivers are/have been, one by one, participating in what have come to be known as “hauler chats”. They will stand or sit in front of cameras and microphones and notepads and voice [...]

Trucks, History Are Headed To Pocono Raceway
Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 – 10:47 | One Comment
Trucks, History Are Headed To Pocono Raceway

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
To be blunt, not many Sprint Cup Series drivers get excited about racing at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. It’s a long race on a track which some call dangerous.
But this weekend, the Camping World Truck Series will be racing at the bizarre 2.5-mile Pocono triangle for the first time ever [...]

McMurray Adds Brickyard To List of Victories
Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 – 15:18 | 2 Comments
McMurray Adds Brickyard To List of Victories

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jamie McMurray became king of the Sprint Cup Series’ big events Sunday when he won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
With Sunday’s victory, McMurray joined Jimmie Johnson and Dale Jarrett as the only drivers to win both the Brickyard and Daytona 500 in the same year.
Kevin Harvick, the series [...]