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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

Budweiser To Sponsor Harvick
Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 – 9:05 | One Comment
Budweiser To Sponsor Harvick

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick and his team owner, Richard Childress, have likely faced their last question about sponsorship of their No. 29 Chevrolet next season.
On Tuesday at morning, it was announced that Budweiser will replace Shell as the primary sponsor of the car.
The announcement – complete with trademark Clydesdale horses – was [...]

Pedley: Fords Are Smokin’ Again
Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 – 8:38 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Fords Are Smokin’ Again

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jamie Allison was way too upbeat as we stood in the back of the media center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway a month ago. The head of Ford Racing, Allison was sporting a game-show host attitude at a time when his NASCAR operation was looking quite ordinary.
Was he laughing to keep [...]

Race Day: Chase Talk Moves To Front Burner
Sunday, Aug 15, 2010 – 8:44 | One Comment
Race Day: Chase Talk Moves To Front Burner

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR has entered that period of the season when it is no longer possible for its teams and drivers to brush aside questions about the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
The playoffs are in the competitors’ faces. Questions about the Chase can no longer be dealt with by such [...]

Keselowski Beats New Best Buddy In Michigan
Sunday, Aug 15, 2010 – 7:59 | One Comment
Keselowski Beats New Best Buddy In Michigan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Cage-match, fists dipped in broken glass-style feud? What cage match, fists dipped in broken glass-style feud?
Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards played nice on the race track in the Nationwide Series Carfax 250 on Saturday. And then, after Keselowski creamed Edwards on a restart with nine laps to go and went [...]

Tony Pedregon Needs Win, Confidence As NHRA Playoffs Near
Friday, Aug 13, 2010 – 9:35 | 2 Comments
Tony Pedregon Needs Win, Confidence As NHRA Playoffs Near

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tony Pedregon wasn’t exactly doing a Norman Vincent Peale thing this week as he talked about his chances of making the 2010 NHRA playoffs. No, positive thinking on the part of the former two-time champion was clearly being tested by fear of a slow Funny Car.
Asked about doing well in [...]

Sprint Cup Schedule Roundup: Two For Kansas Is Done Deal
Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 – 10:04 | Comments Off
Sprint Cup Schedule Roundup: Two For Kansas Is Done Deal

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – It has long been known that Kansas Speedway would become a two-Sprint Cup track in 2011. Now it is known that the date of Kansas’ second race next season will be Sunday, June 5.
That was announced Tuesday morning at the speedway, which is located in Kansas [...]

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 [...]