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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

Daytona Notes: More Fixes At DIS
Friday, Jul 2, 2010 – 18:23 | One Comment
Daytona Notes: More Fixes At DIS

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – The famous pothole area in Turn 2 at Daytona International Speedway has reared its ugly head.
Following a day of practice at the 2.5-mile speedway on Thursday, track maintenance workers repaired an area measuring one-foot tall by 4 ½ feet long.
Five months after the track came apart [...]

France Talks Of Schedule And Chase Changes
Friday, Jul 2, 2010 – 13:56 | 2 Comments
France Talks Of Schedule And Chase Changes

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Based on the sagging attendance NASCAR has experienced this season, it was only fitting that the organization’s CEO, Brian France, fielded questions Friday morning from a sparse gathering in the Daytona International Speedway media center about the state of the sport.
A variety of questions directed to [...]

Loudon Notes: Keselowski On NNS Pole
Friday, Jun 25, 2010 – 18:01 | One Comment
Loudon Notes: Keselowski On NNS Pole

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Loudon, N.H. – Points leader Brad Keselowski captured the pole for this afternoon’s New England 200 Nationwide Series race with a speed of 129.657 mph during qualifying Saturday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
It was the sixth series pole for Keselowski, who has three victories this season.
Carl Edwards, the winner of [...]

Hood: Some Ramblings From Road America
Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 – 20:04 | 2 Comments
Hood: Some Ramblings From Road America

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Elkhart Lake, Wis. – If you’ve ever had an opportunity to meet me, you likely know my passions are (in no particular order) racing, racing and…racing.
So when duty called at 5:30 a.m. today, hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock following four hours of sleep at my home near [...]

Nationwide Notes: They Going For The Bonus, Baby
Friday, Jun 11, 2010 – 16:56 | 2 Comments
Nationwide Notes: They Going For The Bonus, Baby

Sparta, Ky. – Saturday night’s Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway is the second of four Nationwide Insurance “Dash 4 Cash” bonus events that pays an extra $25,000 to the race winner.
Kevin Harvick captured a $25,000 bonus from Nationwide Insurance by winning at Nashville Superspeedway in April.
There’s a good chance the bonus will be distributed again this weekend.
Two-time defending race champion [...]

Nationwide Point Standings About To Scramble
Friday, Jun 4, 2010 – 18:41 | 2 Comments
Nationwide Point Standings About To Scramble

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Gladeville, Tenn. – Come late Saturday night, look for the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standings to experience a major shakeup about the same time the Grand Ole Opry closes up shop across town for the umpteenth time.
Four of the top 10 drivers in NASCAR’s junior circuit will skip Saturday evening’s [...]

Cup Notes: Busch-Hamlin Feud Flares Anew
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – 17:57 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Busch-Hamlin Feud Flares Anew

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – The leftovers from the feud ignited near the conclusion of Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race between Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin spilled over into the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center on Thursday.
During separate press conferences, Busch and Hamlin took shots at one another [...]

The King Says Others Were More Royal Than He
Thursday, May 20, 2010 – 9:55 | Comments Off
The King Says Others Were More Royal Than He

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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One of five NASCAR legends set to be inducted into the sport’s inaugural Hall of Fame class on Sunday, Richard Petty contends there are other stock car racing pioneers who should have been voted in ahead of him.
“I feel like there were people more important in getting NASCAR started than Richard Petty,” said Petty, who owns a [...]

Almirola Gets First Truck Win
Friday, May 14, 2010 – 20:20 | Comments Off
Almirola Gets First Truck Win

Dover, Del. – A race short on drama ratcheted up the excitement during the closing laps when Aric Almirola pulled away from the field on a green-white-checkered flag finish to capture Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Dover 200.
It was the 26-year-old Almirola’s first victory in 55 career starts in NASCAR’s truck series.
“It’s such a [...]

Dover Notes: Double Talking
Friday, May 14, 2010 – 12:15 | Comments Off
Dover Notes: Double Talking

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Dover, Del. – Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith floated an idea earlier this week that a driver should be paid a $20 million bonus if he can win the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
Smith said he’d like to see Indy start early in the day and [...]