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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: PIR Post-Mortem
Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 – 9:15 | One Comment
Pedley: PIR Post-Mortem

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scalpel…Bone saw…mop:
Howard Cosell, a sportscaster back in the day when brains were required to be one, had this famous line he uttered after a particularly bad football injury one time.
“The knee,” Cosell said with sorrowful resignation. “Always the knee.”
The knee everybody had their eyes on this [...]

Stewart Looking A Little Green
Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 – 16:53 | Comments Off
Stewart Looking A Little Green

RacinToday.com
It isn’t usually very green around Phoenix International Raceway, which is located in the Arizona desert. But, thanks to Office Depot, which co-sponsors Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet Impala, the track is very green this week.
Office Depot has pledged to balance the entire estimated carbon-dioxide emissions associated with NASCAR’s Subway Fresh Fit 600 on Saturday [...]

Race Day: Kicked Up Race To Test Drivers, Fans?
Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 – 8:23 | Comments Off
Race Day: Kicked Up Race To Test Drivers, Fans?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Interestingly, the promoters at Phoenix International Raceway, site of tonight’s Subway Fresh Fit 600, seem to think that the attention span of the American sports fan is expanding. How else to explain their decision to tack additional laps onto the race?
But in spite of evidence that attention spans and patience [...]

Sarah Fisher Takes Leap Forward
Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 – 7:25 | Comments Off
Sarah Fisher Takes Leap Forward

Scary? Ah, yes, you could say that sinking everything you own and then a whole lot more into something that is as high-risk/low-potential-for-success as an auto racing team is scary.
But Sarah Fisher believes in her rock. The rock which she found during a trip in Brown County, Indiana. The one which is inscribed with these [...]

Memo: Andretti Taking Stock?
Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Memo: Andretti Taking Stock?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
The headlong, frontal assault of stock car racing by open wheelers seems to have ebbed this season. Danica Patrick aside, just a few bored stragglers have dipped their toes in NASCAR waters in recent months.
It could be [...]

Petty, Andrettis To Do Indianapolis 500
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 – 12:41 | Comments Off
Petty, Andrettis To Do Indianapolis 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Two of the great families in American auto racing will team up to race in this year’s Indianapolis 500 it was announced Wednesday.
Andretti Autosport of the Indy Racing League, it was revealed, will work in a joint effort with racing legend Richard Petty and Window World, Inc., to field a [...]

Pedley: Was Winning Decision Good or Lucky?
Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 – 7:51 | Comments Off
Pedley: Was Winning Decision Good or Lucky?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
J.D. Gibbs got good laughs during a post race interview session at Martinsville Speedway Monday afternoon. But you have to wonder if it was laughs he was going for as he talked about the end of the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500.
You’ve got to wonder what Gibbs’ mood would have [...]

Race Day: Welcome To The Martinsville Auto Show
Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 – 8:10 | Comments Off
Race Day: Welcome To The Martinsville Auto Show

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Virtually nobody in the garages at Martinsville Speedway this weekend is expecting that replacing wings with spoilers on the cars is going to radically transform the quality of racing today.
But if cool looking cars are your thing, the prediction is that today’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 is going to [...]

New Owner Has Matos Smiling
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 – 16:07 | One Comment
New Owner Has Matos Smiling

Driving heros? Raphael Matos says he really didn’t have any when he was growing up in Brazil. Aryton Senna, of course, but that was later. After Matos saw how Senna’s death gripped the people of his country.
But heros? Not really.
What Matos did have during his formative years as a driver was small list of Brazilians [...]

Spoilers Produce ‘Some Change’ In Test
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 – 18:58 | Comments Off
Spoilers Produce ‘Some Change’ In Test

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It doesn’t appear that the big questions surrounding the replacing of wings with spoilers on Sprint Cup cars will be answered until the series hits the tracks for real racing in coming weeks.
So said drivers and crew chiefs after the first day of a two-day test of the spoiler-bedecked cars [...]