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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

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Blood Clots Sideline Vickers
Friday, May 14, 2010 – 8:27 | Comments Off
Blood Clots Sideline Vickers

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dover, Del. – NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers could be released from a Washington D.C. hospital as early as today.
Red Bull Racing Team General Manager and Vice President Jay Frye confirmed Friday morning during a press conference at Dover International Speedway that the 26-year-old Vickers experienced discomfort in his [...]

Cup Notes: Southern Is A Biggie
Friday, May 7, 2010 – 13:53 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Southern Is A Biggie

Darlington, S.C. – It may not boast the largest purse of the season, but few race tracks can match the history and prestige associated with Darlington Raceway.
The 1.366-mile facility will play host to the 61st running of the Showtime Southern 500 Saturday night.
For two-time Darlington winner Jeff Burton, there’s something unique about pulling into victory [...]

Cup Notes: Mr. H Steps In
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 17:55 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Mr. H Steps In

Richmond, Va. – Rick Hendrick attempted to defuse the potential feud between Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson earlier this week when he spoke with his two drivers on a conference call.
Gordon was still stewing over a late-race move at Talladega on Sunday when Johnson pulled in front of him forcing the driver of [...]

Hood: Hiding In Plain Sight
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 15:09 | 2 Comments
Hood: Hiding In Plain Sight

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Richmond, Va. – There was lots of pushing and shoving at Richmond International Raceway Friday morning.
And that was before the first Sprint Cup car hit the track.
Each week, NASCAR makes the top 12 drivers in the Sprint Cup standings and other drivers of note available to the assembled media.
These gatherings [...]

Cup Notes: Another Doubleheader On Tap?
Friday, Apr 23, 2010 – 16:32 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Another Doubleheader On Tap?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – NASCAR has decided to continue with Saturday’s activities at Talladega Superspeedway as scheduled, despite the threat of severe weather.
Qualifying for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 will be held Saturday morning prior to the start of the Aaron’s 312 for NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, which is scheduled to begin shortly after [...]

Unhappy Harvick Rips Rumors
Friday, Apr 23, 2010 – 13:58 | 2 Comments
Unhappy Harvick Rips Rumors

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – Kevin Harvick, whose contract with Richard Childress Racing expires at the end of the current season, is viewed by many as the hottest free agent in the NASCAR garage
But the driver nicknamed “Happy Harvick” wasn’t ready to tip his hand earlier today on where he’ll be employed in [...]