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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

Atlanta Notes: A Race Gordon Glad He Didn’t Win
Saturday, Sep 4, 2010 – 12:18 | Comments Off
Atlanta Notes: A Race Gordon Glad He Didn’t Win

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – Jeff Gordon reminisced Saturday morning about his role in what is arguably the most-famous finish in the 50-year history of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Just weeks following the death of Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick pulled off an improbable victory after edging Gordon by inches at the 1.54-mile oval in [...]

Hood: Cup Gets Shuffled To The Rear By TV
Friday, Aug 27, 2010 – 7:14 | 6 Comments
Hood: Cup Gets Shuffled To The Rear By TV

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If memory serves me correctly, the late Davey Allison injured his wrist by pounding his fist against the team hauler following a Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in the early 1990s.
Realizing he had a car capable of winning, the second-generation driver from Alabama was livid that he been shuffled [...]

Bristol Notes: Gordon Says No Wins, No Problem
Friday, Aug 20, 2010 – 15:03 | Comments Off
Bristol Notes: Gordon Says No Wins, No Problem

Bristol, Tenn. – Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon is riding a 52-race winless entering Saturday evening’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
But Gordon, who is second to Kevin Harvick in the championship standings, says he’d be satisfied to win the title even if he fails to visit victory lane this season.
“I’ll [...]

Cup Notes: Earnhardt Vows To Keep Up The Chase
Friday, Aug 13, 2010 – 15:05 | 3 Comments
Cup Notes: Earnhardt Vows To Keep Up The Chase

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Brooklyn, Mich. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t prepared to wave the concession flag just yet on Friday.
In jeopardy of missing the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for the second consecutive season, NASCAR’s most popular driver is 121 points out of the final transfer spot for this year’s playoffs.
But [...]

Nationwide Notes: MIS Is New Car Showroom
Friday, Aug 13, 2010 – 7:00 | One Comment
Nationwide Notes: MIS Is New Car Showroom

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Brooklyn, Mich. – The sights and sounds of the new Nationwide Series cars filled the air at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday during a six-hour practice session on the 2-mile, D-shaped oval.
The new car, which debuted last month during Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory at Daytona, will see action for the [...]

Hood: Stripping Atlanta Of Date Was A Cold Move
Friday, Aug 6, 2010 – 8:26 | One Comment
Hood: Stripping Atlanta Of Date Was A Cold Move

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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A longtime resident of North Georgia who has attended all but two Sprint Cup races held at Atlanta Motor Speedway since 1980, I think it’s safe to call the oval located in the tiny town of Hampton my home track.
After seeing a lot of seats go unoccupied for years during marquee events held [...]

Iowa Interested In Second Nationwide Date
Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 – 18:40 | Comments Off
Iowa Interested In Second Nationwide Date

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Newton, Iowa – Iowa Speedway has not formally requested a second Nationwide Series date in 2011.
But officials at the 7/8-mile oval that plays host to the second annual U.S. Cellular 250 tonight in front of a sold out crowd will gladly listen if NASCAR is willing to offer.
“We’re confident we’ll [...]

France Talks Schedule, Chase And Changes
Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 – 18:42 | 2 Comments
France Talks Schedule, Chase And Changes

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Indianapolis –  NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian Francemade a surprise appearance in front of the assembled media at Indianapolis Motor Speedway late Sunday morning to field questions on a variety of topics.
Below is a complete transcript of his Q&A:
Q. As you probably know, Ryan Dennis, the chairman of McLaren, is [...]

Brickyard Notes: No Laps For Sadler
Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 – 18:07 | 4 Comments
Brickyard Notes: No Laps For Sadler

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Indianapolis – The action got fast and furious during the first lap of Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
That’s when Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota stepped out of line in Turn 2 and made contact with Sam Hornish’s Dodge.
The contact triggered a seven-car pileup, which left Elliott Sadler and [...]

NNS Notes: Carl On Best Behavior
Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 – 4:32 | Comments Off
NNS Notes: Carl On Best Behavior

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Clermont, Ind. – A week after punting Brad Keselowski to win in St. Louis, a gentler and kinder Carl Edwards showed up in the suburbs of Indianapolis Saturday night.
A green-white-checkered finish to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park gave Edwards an opportunity to line up alongside [...]