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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

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

Kansas Cup Race To Feature Plenty Of Speed
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 19:30 | Comments Off
Kansas Cup Race To Feature Plenty Of Speed

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– The fastest field in the 13-year history of Kansas Speedway will usher in the inaugural Sprint Cup race under the lights on the 1.5-mile oval Saturday night.
Less than two years after the first complete repaving job in the history of the facility, more than half of the field shattered Matt Kenseth’s previous [...]

Drivers Hope KO Qualifying Doesn’t KO Qualifiers
Friday, May 2, 2014 – 17:42 | Comments Off
Drivers Hope KO Qualifying Doesn’t KO Qualifiers

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – One of the most-anticipated qualifying sessions in the history of NASCAR will occur Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.
The new “knock out” format has stirred so much interest that the first-ever round of Sprint Cup time trials under the new three-round procedure at a restrictor plate track will [...]

Hamlin Rips Critics; Vows Martinsville Victory
Friday, Mar 28, 2014 – 16:42 | One Comment
Hamlin Rips Critics; Vows Martinsville Victory

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin lost his ride for one race last weekend. But the Virginia native definitely hasn’t lost his passion and swagger.
Nursing what was initially thought to be a sinus infection, the driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry was forced to sit out Sunday’s NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif. for what turned [...]

Sons Of Air Titan On Site In Martinsville
Friday, Mar 28, 2014 – 13:15 | Comments Off
Sons Of Air Titan On Site In Martinsville

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The days of dragging tires around a race track during a rain delay are long gone.
Over the past two decades, NASCAR tackled wet race surfaces with jet dryers.
In February 2013, NASCAR revolutionized track drying by introducing the Air Titan.
Today at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR officials unveiled a new-and-improved [...]