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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: 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 [...]

Swindell Top Gun In Dodge
Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 – 7:03 | Comments Off

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Sammy Swindell scored the victory on Friday night in thrilling fashion over Joey Saldana before a very larger crowd as Boot Hill Casino & Resort Presented the opener of the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Swindell made up a lot of ground on Saldana in lapped traffic late in the going and was [...]

Memo: Racing The Good Race
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010 – 10:13 | One Comment
Memo: Racing The Good Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Predicting the outcomes of races is normally pretty tough. And I generally stay away from making them because, well, just because. But I am going to issue this air tight prediction simply because it is air tight: Tony Stewart will come [...]

Pedley: JGR Is The Antidote To Racing Blahs
Monday, Jun 7, 2010 – 16:09 | One Comment
Pedley: JGR Is The Antidote To Racing Blahs

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Dull, pre-packaged, focus-group programmed and bleached: Those have been some of the complaints leveled against NASCAR and its personalities in this, the Hendrick Motorsport era of Sprint Cup racing.
If those are, in fact, diseases which have produced wheezing and light attentiveness in the world’s most important stock car series this [...]

Hamlin Remains The Man At Pocono Raceway
Sunday, Jun 6, 2010 – 17:52 | Comments Off
Hamlin Remains The Man At Pocono Raceway

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin won for the fourth time in nine tries at Pocono Raceway when he captured the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 on Sunday afternoon.
Hamlin, who dominated the second half of the race after Clint Bowyer had dominated the first half, took the lead for the final time when he passed [...]

Race Day: Eyes Will Be On Burton vs. Busch
Sunday, Jun 6, 2010 – 8:39 | One Comment
Race Day: Eyes Will Be On Burton vs. Busch

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sometimes it is not the volume or intensity of a squabble which makes news. Sometimes it is the person who is doing the squabbling.
Such as last weekend in Charlotte when Jeff Burton laid into Kyle Busch after the Coca-Cola 600.
Race fans expect angry encounters between Busch and people like Kevin [...]

Kurt Busch, Too, Has Matured Into A Contender
Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 – 10:18 | 2 Comments
Kurt Busch, Too, Has Matured Into A Contender

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
One of the most hammered upon stories of the year as been the maturation process of Kyle Busch. You know: He is racing so much better in 2010 because he has a new attitude – a more mature attitude.
Busch himself has credited Mark Martin with standing as a role model [...]