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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 Notes: Anti-Incumbent Feelings Spread
Friday, Nov 5, 2010 – 15:00 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: Anti-Incumbent Feelings Spread

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – The tightest points battle between a trio of drivers with three races remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship rolls into Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and challenger Kevin Harvick had a light-hearted exchange following Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 [...]

The Race After The Race Featured Large Packs, Too
Sunday, Oct 31, 2010 – 17:35 | One Comment
The Race After The Race Featured Large Packs, Too

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega (Ala.) Municipal Airport – Minutes after the checkered flag waved to signal the end of today’s AMP Energy Juice 500, the other race was just beginning.
There were no Sprint Cup points on the line for this particular race. But there was the incentive of quickly boarding a jet and [...]

Hood: Intimidator On Prowl Tops ‘Dega Memories
Friday, Oct 29, 2010 – 6:11 | 3 Comments
Hood: Intimidator On Prowl Tops ‘Dega Memories

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sunday’s AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will mark a personal milestone during my time as a NASCAR fan and journalist.
In 1980, I made my first visit to the 2.66-mile tri-oval that was billed in those days as Alabama International Motor Speedway. On a blistering hot Sunday in early [...]

Hood: Numbers Add Up To Trouble
Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 – 7:33 | 3 Comments
Hood: Numbers Add Up To Trouble

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR received a bit of good news earlier this week when it was revealed that the television audience for ABC’s coverage of Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was off just six percent compared to viewership of the same event a year ago.
But this comes on the heels of the first four races in [...]

Hood: Uncle Lanny Offers Some Insight From The Old School
Saturday, Oct 9, 2010 – 7:54 | One Comment
Hood: Uncle Lanny Offers Some Insight From The Old School

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Family reunions are all about hugs, photo opportunities, eating, listening to comments about everyone’s weight gains or loss and finding out which kids graduated from college and which have parole officers.
It’s also an opportunity to get a read on the pulse of NASCAR.
And to hear my uncle Lanny tell it, [...]

Racing Notes: Fans Won’t Be Bored This Weekend
Friday, Oct 1, 2010 – 10:09 | One Comment
Racing Notes: Fans Won’t Be Bored This Weekend

Football dominates the headlines each October. But motorsports will flex plenty of muscle this weekend with several major events on tap.
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are set to roll at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. The IZOD Indy Car Series will crown its 2010 champion under the lights Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway in south Florida.
Road racing enthusiasts will be keeping a watchful eye [...]

Cup Drivers Rip Into Bowyer and Childress
Friday, Sep 24, 2010 – 15:47 | 8 Comments
Cup Drivers Rip Into Bowyer and Childress

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Dover, Del. – The zingers were flying fast and furious on Friday over NASCAR’s decision to penalize Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 team following their victory in New Hampshire last weekend.
Bowyer and team owner Richard Childress pleaded their innocence in front of a packed media center at Dover International [...]

Bowyer Says NASCAR Made Example Of Him
Friday, Sep 24, 2010 – 11:26 | 3 Comments
Bowyer Says NASCAR Made Example Of Him

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Dover, Del. – Denny Hamlin was socked with a $50,000 secret fine by NASCAR earlier this year for being openly critical of the sanctioning body.
But that seemed to matter little to Clint Bowyer, who showed up at Dover International Speedway Friday morning with a long list of bullet points on [...]

It Was An All-Elliott Night In Georgia
Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 – 8:59 | Comments Off
It Was An All-Elliott Night In Georgia

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Jefferson, Ga. – During the late 1980s, a trio of good ol’ boys from north Georgia named Elliott burst onto the NASCAR scene and proceeded to take the sport’s established stars to the woodshed.
Bill Elliott and brothers Dan and Ernie, the dominant force in NASCAR just over two decades ago, gathered with friends and [...]

Cup Notes: Big Wins Trump Getting A Chase Berth?
Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 – 6:03 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Big Wins Trump Getting A Chase Berth?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Richmond, Va. – Jamie McMurray said last week he’d be hard-pressed to swap his wins in this year’s Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 for a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins next week in Loudon. N.H.
Clint Bowyer, who is positioned to grab the final spot in [...]