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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

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 [...]

Cup Notes: Parking Problems
Friday, Apr 16, 2010 – 17:58 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Parking Problems

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Tony Stewart’s qualifying effort gives the two-time champion’s team a rare opportunity to set up shop in the coveted pit box one near the exit of pit road.
“I’ll probably miss it because I don’t normally remember where pit box one is,” Stewart joked. “We got it last [...]

Tony Stewart Blasts Way To The Pole At Texas
Friday, Apr 16, 2010 – 16:59 | One Comment
Tony Stewart Blasts Way To The Pole At Texas

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Tony Stewart broke a 155-race qualifying losing streak on Friday by capturing the top starting position for Sunday’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
It was Stewart’s first pole position since he turned the fastest qualifying lap at Martinsville Speedway in October 2005.
It was the 11th [...]

Martin Vows To Drive in 2012
Friday, Apr 16, 2010 – 12:08 | Comments Off
Martin Vows To Drive in 2012

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Tex. – Mark Martin isn’t ready to hang up his helmet just yet.
Kasey Kahne was named earlier this week as driver of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 Chevrolet, beginning in 2012. That ride is currently occupied by Martin.
But the 51-year-old Martin said today at Texas Motor Speedway that he [...]

Phoenix Notes: Taking Tires The Hot New Strategy
Friday, Apr 9, 2010 – 16:43 | One Comment
Phoenix Notes: Taking Tires The Hot New Strategy

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Avondale, Ariz. – Track position is normally coveted during the closing laps of Sprint Cup events at Bristol and Martinsville.
But Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin bucked that trend by ducking onto pit road for fresh tires with just a handful of laps remaining during two races last month.
In each case, both [...]