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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.

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Race Day: Is Race To The Chase A Real Deal?
Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 – 8:39 | One Comment
Race Day: Is Race To The Chase A Real Deal?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Today’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 marks the beginning of the so-called Race to the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series.
And while this 10-race stretch which leads up to the real, actual Chase playoff is more marketing ploy than real, actual event (It’s kind of like what Boss’s Day is to [...]

Pedley: Pondering Danica’s Future
Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 – 7:51 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Pondering Danica’s Future

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
From the birthing moment of the Danica To NASCAR saga, I’ve wondering what the thoughts of the people in the offices at Andretti Autosport (formerly Andretti Green) have been thinking.
Surely they have not been too thrilled with the fact that the driver who, though certainly not their [...]

Patrick Brings Momentum To Loudon
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 – 16:48 | 8 Comments
Patrick Brings Momentum To Loudon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When Danica Patrick returns to NASCAR this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, she won’t be alone. Coming with her is a healthy does of momentum.
Will it help?
Good question, she said this week. And the answer? Tune in on Saturday.
“It’s still a whole new weekend with expectation levels and people [...]

Pedley: Infineon Race Not A Race
Monday, Jun 21, 2010 – 10:14 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Infineon Race Not A Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
I had a history professor in college who said during a lecture one day that he was kind intrigued by the concept of anarchy. But he quickly added that his intrigue was strictly clinical as human nature would render the concept nonviable in practice.
I think what we saw Sunday at [...]

Pedley: Rahal A Driver And A Symptom
Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 – 9:59 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Rahal A Driver And A Symptom

Graham Rahal sounded whipped when we talked on the telephone last Thursday. He’d been up since dawn and dawn comes early in the farm country of central Iowa.
Rahal was not up with the sun to pick corn or feed the hogs, however. He was up to work his sales job. And in this case, the [...]

Race Day: Cup Takes First Road Trip Of Season
Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 – 9:58 | One Comment
Race Day: Cup Takes First Road Trip Of Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
More and more drivers seem to be spending less and less time getting grouchy about having to compete in the two road races on the Sprint Cup schedule. Some still are not thrilled, but all have come to accept them.
The series holds its first road race of the season today [...]

Villeneuve: Road America One Of World’s Best
Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 – 6:14 | 2 Comments
Villeneuve: Road America One Of World’s Best

Some NASCAR fans shook their heads sideways when it was announced that the Nationwide Series race which had been held at the Milwaukee Mile oval was being moved to 14-turn, 4.048-mile Road America.
Not Jacques Villeneuve. He nodded his head up and down.
“It’s always been one of my favorite tracks,” Villeneuve said in a phone [...]

Kahne Soars To Pole At Infineon
Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – 19:10 | 2 Comments
Kahne Soars To Pole At Infineon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kasey Kahne’s high-flying qualifying run at Infineon Raceway on Friday put him on the pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Kahne, whose car went airborne off the road track’s curbing a couple of times during his run, turned a lap at 93.893 mph in the session.
The pole was the first of [...]

Andretti Putting Moves On Big Two
Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – 15:29 | One Comment
Andretti Putting Moves On Big Two

The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season was supposed to be all about the teams of Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi. In terms both of winning races and the championship.
That is, this was supposed to be a business-as-usual year for North America’s top open-wheel series.
And that’s kind of the way the season did start as Penske [...]

Ambrose Has Had To Adjust Goals for 2010
Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 – 10:16 | One Comment
Ambrose Has Had To Adjust Goals for 2010

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
That trademark ebullience was in short supply when Marcos Ambrose talked to the media this week. In its place was a mixture of frustration and uncertainty.
Nobody needed to ask why:
Jacked-up hopes that Ambrose would become the first Australian to win a Sprint Cup race and make the Chase are on [...]