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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

McMurray On Pole In Joliet
Friday, Jul 9, 2010 – 18:13 | Comments Off
McMurray On Pole In Joliet

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – Jamie McMurray on Friday afternoon won the pole for Saturday night’s LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. His fast lap was at 183.542 mph.
The pole was the third of the season for McMurray and his Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing team.
“Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief) did a really good job,” McMurray said. [...]

Drivers Wary Of Big Changes
Friday, Jul 9, 2010 – 16:12 | 3 Comments
Drivers Wary Of Big Changes

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – Change is in the air around NASCAR these days. Specifically, change in formats and schedules and especially, change concerning the Chase. Big changes. Sport-changing changes.
“Some wild stuff,” as driver Carl Edwards said of the rumored changes Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.
The impetus for the talk, and some cases [...]

Cup Notes: A Rough Night On A Rough Track
Sunday, Jul 4, 2010 – 9:15 | 4 Comments
Cup Notes: A Rough Night On A Rough Track

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The aging, bumpy racing surface at Daytona International Speedway went out with a bang. And a boom. And smoke and fire.
Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 was a crashfest. Nine times the caution came out. Red flags came out.
The biggest wreck of the night occurred with 13 laps to go and involved [...]

Race Day: Blades And More Power At DIS
Saturday, Jul 3, 2010 – 12:25 | Comments Off
Race Day: Blades And More Power At DIS

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In tonight’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the Sprint Cup cars will be fitted with vertical blade spoilers at the 2.5-mile oval for the first time since the introduction of the Car of Tomorrow.
The cars will also be fitted with restrictor plates with larger air holes.
This weekend, drivers [...]

Harvick On Track To Fulfill Great Expectations?
Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 – 16:00 | 2 Comments
Harvick On Track To Fulfill Great Expectations?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Few Sprint Cup careers have started as publicly as Kevin Harvick’s. Remember the high drama when he took to the track at Rockingham in the winter of 2001 in the car in which Dale Earnhardt was killed the week before?
And remember how, when he won the race at Atlanta in [...]

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 [...]