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Jeff Hood wrote for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Oct. 2003 through March 2009. He covered NASCAR for the AJC from 2005 through 2008 and had a weekly NASCAR-theme radio show on WMOQ 92.3 FM in Monroe, Ga. from 1999 through 2005. In addition, Jeff wrote press releases and handled the P.A. for Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. from 1998 through 2004.

Articles by Jeff Hood

Dawsonville’s Elliotts Come Up Big On Sunday
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 – 19:24 | One Comment
Dawsonville’s Elliotts Come Up Big On Sunday

Chase Elliott was a winner on Sunday. As was his father. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Jeff Hood | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Dawsonville Pool Room siren rang twice on Sunday.

Chase Elliott zoomed to victory in Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway while, just over 150 miles to the east, NASCAR legend Bill Elliott […]

DW Ready To Start Something, And End Something
Friday, Apr 5, 2019 – 16:02 | Comments Off on DW Ready To Start Something, And End Something
DW Ready To Start Something, And End Something

Darrell Waltrip has been a hit on NASCAR tracks and also in front of cameras. (File photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jeff Hood | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. – When Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway gets underway, NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won’t be in his familiar TV broadcasting […]

Here’s One Vote For Class of ’19 To Have Bonnett On It
Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 – 7:02 | Comments Off on Here’s One Vote For Class of ’19 To Have Bonnett On It
Here’s One Vote For Class of ’19 To Have Bonnett On It

Hall of Fame nominee Neil Bonnett and Jeff Hood, the author the piece below, in 1981.

By Jeff Hood | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

“Everything’s better, with Neil Bonnett on it…”

Nearly four decades later, that goofy jingle still resonates in my mind.

It was a blistering hot and humid Labor Day Monday in 1981 in Darlington, S.C. Stock car racing’s […]

Spoiler Alert: New Look Cup Answers Few Q’s
Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 – 20:37 | Comments Off on Spoiler Alert: New Look Cup Answers Few Q’s
Spoiler Alert: New Look Cup Answers Few Q’s

The NASCAR Cup Series’ new rules produced different reactions among those driving the new cars with bigger spoilers and less horsepower. (RacinToday/HHP photo Harold Hinson)

By Jeff Hood | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – “It’s just different.”

When asked twice, those were the only words fifth-place finisher Clint Bowyer could muster at the conclusion of today’s NASCAR stop […]

Happy Anniversary To The Race That Made NASCAR
Friday, Feb 15, 2019 – 13:49 | Comments Off on Happy Anniversary To The Race That Made NASCAR
Happy Anniversary To The Race That Made NASCAR

Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers put on a big show at Daytona 40 years ago. Below is the story of that day. (File photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Jeff Hood | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Forty years ago this weekend, a massive blizzard blanketed much of the east coast, dumping record-level snowfall from Massachusetts to Georgia in the […]

The 600’s Decisive Dozen
Monday, May 28, 2018 – 7:10 | Comments Off on The 600’s Decisive Dozen
The 600’s Decisive Dozen

CONCORD, N.C. – Coca-Cola 600 twelve-pack race recap:

Defending Coca-Cola 600 race champion Austin Dillon’s bid for a second straight win in NASCAR’s longest race of the season went up in smoke on lap 42 after a blown right-rear tire caused extensive damage to his No. 3 Chevrolet. This season’s Daytona 500 champion finished 34th on Sunday night.
A […]

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Needs To Tap The Brakes
Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 – 9:30 | Comments Off on NASCAR Hall Of Fame Needs To Tap The Brakes
NASCAR Hall Of Fame Needs To Tap The Brakes

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s time for the sport built on speed to hit the pause button.
A fresh list of 20 nominees seeking induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame was revealed on Tuesday.
Five will become the newest members of the grandest non-race track stage in the sport. In reality, Jeff Gordon should be the […]

Harvick Sent A Serious Message At Atlanta
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 – 21:34 | Comments Off on Harvick Sent A Serious Message At Atlanta
Harvick Sent A Serious Message At Atlanta

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – Eight Things We Learned at Atlanta:

Kevin Harvick’s dominating victory in Sunday’s QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway was his way of serving early-season notice that he will be a force to be reckoned with to capture this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. The all-time lap […]

NASCAR Was The Big Winner At Daytona 500
Monday, Feb 19, 2018 – 8:06 | Comments Off on NASCAR Was The Big Winner At Daytona 500
NASCAR Was The Big Winner At Daytona 500

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Struggling to remain relevant in the national sports landscape, NASCAR hit a home run on Sunday after Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet surged into the lead on the final lap and then pulled away from Darrell “Bubba” Wallace and Denny Hamlin to win the Daytona 500.
For old guard […]

Mark Thompson Enjoys Senior Moment
Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 – 19:40 | One Comment
Mark Thompson Enjoys Senior Moment

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Soldier on, Mark Thompson.
Amidst NASCAR’s publicity push over its fresh flock of young drivers, there was virtually no fanfare over the 66-year-old Thompson establishing a remarkable record when the green flag waved to signify the start of today’s 60th-annual Daytona 500.
Before Sunday, the oldest driver to turn […]