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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

Hood: Anybody Have Directions To Perfection?
Sunday, Jan 2, 2011 – 9:17 | 2 Comments
Hood: Anybody Have Directions To Perfection?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the lengthy history of NASCAR, have we been treated to a perfect race?
It all depends on how you define perfection.
Richmond International Raceway, arguably one of the most competitive tracks on the NASCAR circuit, bills its facility and events as Racing Perfection.
But it was at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2009 when Jimmie Johnson proceeded to pace each [...]

Hood: Gentleman, Start Your Quote Machines
Saturday, Dec 25, 2010 – 9:54 | 2 Comments
Hood: Gentleman, Start Your Quote Machines

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
My favorite part of a typical NASCAR three-day show is when drivers meet the media on Fridays and as they climb out of their cars following that weekend’s race.
That’s when we frequently witness the raw emotion of competitors who make a living by wheeling stock cars at high speeds each week.
On the track, the 2010 season was one of the most [...]

Hood: Last Minute Christmas Stocking Stuffers
Sunday, Dec 19, 2010 – 8:56 | 2 Comments
Hood: Last Minute Christmas Stocking Stuffers

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Christmas is the time of year when wish lists are floating around.
So aside from finding an 8-foot, high definition, flat screen television under my tree next weekend or hitting a multi-state lottery, here are a few items I jotted down that I’d like to see happen during the coming New Year:
For Mark [...]

Tammy Jo Kirk Was A Racer, Not A Trendsetter
Sunday, Dec 12, 2010 – 8:31 | One Comment
Tammy Jo Kirk Was A Racer, Not A Trendsetter

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It was another day at the office for Tammy Jo Kirk at her motorcycle shop in Dalton, Ga. earlier this week when word arrived that 18-year-old Johanna Long had won last Sunday’s Snowball Derby Super Late Model race in Pensacola, Fla.
It was welcome news to the 48-year-old Kirk, the 1994 winner of the Derby. But [...]

Hood: Serving Up Multiple Helpings Of Thanks
Thursday, Nov 25, 2010 – 8:13 | One Comment
Hood: Serving Up Multiple Helpings Of Thanks

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Before carving the turkey, let’s take a moment and reflect on the just-completed NASCAR season:
I’m thankful for Jamie McMurray winning the Daytona 500, just a few months after it appeared he was headed for the unemployment line.
I’m thankful Brad Keselowski wasn’t injured after Carl Edwards decided to retaliate at 190 miles [...]

Hood: A Long, Awarding Season
Sunday, Nov 21, 2010 – 7:31 | One Comment
Hood: A Long, Awarding Season

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The longest season in all of sports concludes on today when the checkered flag waves over the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Today, all eyes in the motorsports world will be focused on Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson as they battle for the Sprint Cup trophy.
The champions in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Camping [...]

Hood: You Got To Love Edwards’ Grandstanding
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 – 7:50 | 3 Comments
Hood: You Got To Love Edwards’ Grandstanding

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As post-race celebrations in NASCAR go, roughly 99 percent of them are about as interesting as watching a crew member apply glue to lugnuts.
But thanks to Carl Edwards, I’m back on the edge of my seat when I see the checkered flag wave.
I happened to be standing with a group of people on pit [...]

Hood: Not All Knuckles Are On Busch’s Fingers
Friday, Nov 12, 2010 – 7:34 | One Comment
Hood: Not All Knuckles Are On Busch’s Fingers

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I was able to catch popular comedian Frank Caliendo’s act on Tuesday at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. I walked away in pain after laughing so much.
Ironically, NASCAR announced the following day that the popular impersonator will headline the Sprint Cup awards banquet in Sin City next month.
Outstanding choice.
Caliendo’s impersonation of several celebrities, including [...]

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 [...]