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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

John Force Racing Winning But Not Celebrating
Friday, May 21, 2010 – 16:57 | 2 Comments
John Force Racing Winning But Not Celebrating

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Topeka, Kan. – It’s not like members of the John Force Racing organization are embarrassed by the fact that its drivers are ranked first, second and third in the NHRA Funny Car standings. They’re certainly not apologizing for it.
But, they’re not exactly breaking out the confetti canons, either.
Way too early [...]

Outsiders Look To Get Inside Via The Showdown
Friday, May 21, 2010 – 7:53 | One Comment
Outsiders Look To Get Inside Via The Showdown

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The list of drivers who have qualified for Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is impressive. But the list of drivers who have not qualified is, well, kind of interesting, too.
In fact, the not-qualified list includes some of the top drivers in the sport. Drivers who have [...]

Pedley: Time To Reel In The All-Star Race
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 – 8:45 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Time To Reel In The All-Star Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Now let’s see: Is it four segments with a 10-lap shootout, or is it 10 segments with a four-lap shootout? And is this the one for pole winners or is this the one for race winners or the one with former series champions or the one with former event champions [...]

Gibbs Keeping Team’s Success In Perspective
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – 9:13 | One Comment
Gibbs Keeping Team’s Success In Perspective

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Absolutely, J.D. Gibbs says: He and everybody associated with the No. 11 team of Joe Gibbs Racing had seen and heard the preseason media forecasts in which Denny Hamlin was picked as the guy who would end Jimmie Johnson’s reign as Sprint Cup champion.
But absolutely not, Gibbs said during a [...]

Kyle Busch Wins Cup Race; Johnson Loses It
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Cup Race; Johnson Loses It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch capitalized on a pit-road screw-up by Jimmie Johnson with 38 laps to go and went on to win Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
The victory was the second of the weekend for Busch, who also won the Nationwide Series race at Dover on [...]

Race Day: Cup Podiums Are Up For Grabs
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – 8:07 | 3 Comments
Race Day: Cup Podiums Are Up For Grabs

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
We’re hearing a phrase a lot these days which has not been heard much at all the last five years or so – parity among Sprint Cup teams. Quite simply, Hendrick Motorsports has been the top team and the rest were the bottom teams.
This weekend in the garages at Dover [...]

Helio’s Bid For No. 4 Is On Track
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 19:11 | Comments Off
Helio’s Bid For No. 4 Is On Track

Rather fittingly, it was Helio Castroneves who posted the fastest lap on opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Castroneves, the winner of last year’s Indianapolis 500, will be attempting to win for the big race for a record-tying fourth time when the green flag drops in May 30th.
Castroneves, driving the No. 3T Team Penske [...]

The Speedway Is Open
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 8:31 | Comments Off
The Speedway Is Open

Two weeks ago, the word “spark” got wide usage in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddocks at Kansas Speedway. And the usage was not directed at what was coming off the skid plates on the bottom of the cars.
Drivers, team owners and officials all were using the word to describe what they were sensing about their [...]

Race Day: Moms Welcome
Saturday, May 8, 2010 – 8:54 | One Comment
Race Day: Moms Welcome

For auto racing families, nothing says “I love you, mom” quite like ear-busting noise and 98 octane gasoline. So, this weekend – Mother’s Day weekend – at Darlington, the moms of several drivers will be at the track.
Here is what a select group of drivers had to say about having their mothers at Darlington for [...]

McMurray Is Back In The Comfort Zone
Friday, May 7, 2010 – 8:17 | One Comment
McMurray Is Back In The Comfort Zone

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For thousands upon thousands of race-car drivers in America, Roush Fenway Racing is not just a NASCAR team, it’s also an answer to prayers. It’s a top team, a winning team, a team that does things right and a team which has the people and equipment to turn drivers into [...]