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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

NASCAR Was The Big Winner At Daytona 500
Monday, Feb 19, 2018 – 8:06 | No Comment
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 […]

Kennedy Hiring Could Signal A Torch-Passing
Friday, Feb 9, 2018 – 8:19 | One Comment
Kennedy Hiring Could Signal A Torch-Passing

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s youth movement might end up going much deeper than its fresh crop of baby-faced drivers.
On Jan. 30th, NASCAR announced that longtime employee Jim Cassidy had been repositioned into a new Chief International Officer slot, designed to grow the company’s international fan base.
The eyebrow-raiser, however, came several paragraphs […]

Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 – 15:37 | Comments Off on Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the […]

Chase Strategies Shaping Up At Chicagoland
Friday, Sep 12, 2014 – 19:02 | Comments Off on Chase Strategies Shaping Up At Chicagoland
Chase Strategies Shaping Up At Chicagoland

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – As 16 drivers prepare to launch this year’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, this season’s new format already has each of them strategizing on how to advance to round two.
This year’s Chase will feature a trio of three-race elimination rounds […]

Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 – 18:58 | Comments Off on Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate
Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate

HAMPTON, Ga. – Add Brian Vickers’ name to the growing list of NASCAR drivers willing to go on the record and admit that, when it comes to horsepower, engines built by Hendrick Motorsports are the class of the field.
When Ryan Newman got into a heated argument with Jimmie Johnson two weeks ago at Michigan, Newman […]

Cup Rookie Larson In No Mood To Take Vacation
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 – 16:27 | Comments Off on Cup Rookie Larson In No Mood To Take Vacation
Cup Rookie Larson In No Mood To Take Vacation

JOLIET, Ill. – This is a rare off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series. But that didn’t stop Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, full-time drivers in NASCAR’s top series, from showing up in Chicago on Friday to participate in Saturday night’s Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300.
As they met the media at Chicagoland Speedway early Friday afternoon, Larson […]

Racing Daytona On The Fourth Is Still First Rate
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 – 7:20 | Comments Off on Racing Daytona On The Fourth Is Still First Rate
Racing Daytona On The Fourth Is Still First Rate

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the world of stock car racing, Daytona International Speedway is considered the sport’s grand stage.
However, where does the prestigious Daytona 500, contested here each February, rank against Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at the facility known as the World Center of Racing as well as […]

TMS Adds Some Pomp To Camping World Race
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 18:32 | Comments Off on TMS Adds Some Pomp To Camping World Race
TMS Adds Some Pomp To Camping World Race

FORT WORTH, Texas – Leave it to flamboyant Texas Motor Speedway promoter Eddie Gossage to link fast cars to the graduation tune Pomp and Circumstance.
As the starting field is introduced for tonight’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 18-year-old Erik Jones will receive his high school diploma as […]

Johnson Not Fan Of Kenseth’s Down Low Moves
Friday, May 30, 2014 – 13:43 | Comments Off on Johnson Not Fan Of Kenseth’s Down Low Moves
Johnson Not Fan Of Kenseth’s Down Low Moves

DOVER, Del.– When Jimmie Johnson chased down Matt Kenseth in the final laps of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600, the defending Sprint Cup champion wasn’t exactly shocked when the driver of the No. 20 Toyota threw a block in an attempt to retain the lead.
He was, however, slightly surprised that Kenseth nearly drove him to the […]