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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 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 […]

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 […]