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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

Briscoe Gets First 2010 Pole
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Briscoe Gets First 2010 Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – The return to oval-track racing appears to agree with Ryan Briscoe as the Team Penske driver won his first pole of the IndyCar Series season Friday.
Briscoe had a four-lap average speed of 212.145 mph to nab the pole for Saturday’s Road Runner Turbo 300 at the [...]

Anderson Out To Simply Make Andretti Better
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 9:28 | 4 Comments
Anderson Out To Simply Make Andretti Better

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – When Tom Anderson showed up at Andretti Autosport to begin duty as senior vice president of racing operations late last year, he had with him his list of things he knew he wanted to work on.
Incredibly, the list was a short one. Just four things.
That tells [...]

‘Little Al’ Helps Rookies Get Up To Speed On Ovals
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 – 17:45 | Comments Off
‘Little Al’ Helps Rookies Get Up To Speed On Ovals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Al Unser Jr. had a big smile on his face and a cigarette in his hand as he sat in a white Buick van behind the pit wall at Kanas Speedway Wednesday. Nothing unusual about any of that.
It was the cause of the smile which was [...]

Harvick Sneaks Past McMurray To Win Talladega
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 – 15:58 | Comments Off
Harvick Sneaks Past McMurray To Win Talladega

They say that at Talladega Superspeedway, the yellow line at the bottom of the track can be a driver’s best friend.
Apparently, Jamie McMurray never heard them say that.
McMurray, leading the race on the final green-white-checkered restart Sunday at Talladega, gave up the bottom of the track to Kevin Harvick as they streaked toward the checkered [...]

Race Day: To Air Is Human at The Dega
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 – 8:27 | One Comment
Race Day: To Air Is Human at The Dega

It’s not true that there will be an FAA representative in the race control booth at Talladega today. NASCAR will first see what happens with spoilers replacing wings on the back of the Sprint Cup cars before bringing in air traffic control.
NASCAR officials, many drivers and several crew chiefs said this week that they feel [...]

Forty Entered In Indy 500
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Forty Entered In Indy 500

Kansas City, Kan. – The entry list for next month’s running of the Indianapolis 500 was released on Wednesday and it contains an impressive 40 entries.
Seventy-eight cars and 34 drivers are on the list of 40 entrants. That means that six more drivers could be added for the 500 and take to the track at [...]

Race Day: GWC Blues
Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Race Day: GWC Blues

Editor’s Note: Persistent rain and a gloomy Sunday evening forecast caused NASCAR to postpone the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races that were scheduled Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup race was rescheduled for noon (EDT) Monday, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide event will follow at about 5 p.m. [...]

Scott Dixon Has His Eyes On The Roads
Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 – 8:18 | Comments Off
Scott Dixon Has His Eyes On The Roads

You have to wonder: Did Scott Dixon pump his fist or shake his head when the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule came out?
Common sense would lead you to think he did the former, but a look at last year’s results might lead you to believe the latter.
During a telephone call last week, Dixon, as per [...]

Pedley: Faith Brings Kahne to HMS
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 – 16:33 | Comments Off
Pedley: Faith Brings Kahne to HMS

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The deal to bring Kasey Kahne to Hendrick Motorsports is so full of holes that if it could walk, it would whistle.
No employer in any other line of work would dare offer a prospective employee the kind of incomplete deal Rick Hendrick is offering Kahne. And any employee who would [...]

Dixon Battles A Top Fuel Monster
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 – 8:59 | Comments Off
Dixon Battles A Top Fuel Monster

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Bring up the fact that he is outgunned 3-to-1 by his biggest rival every time he shows up for an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing event and Larry Dixon just issues his best it-is-what-it-is shrug.
“How do I feel? I feel the same way everybody else feels that has to race [...]