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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

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
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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 [...]

Nashville Notes: Logano Steamed
Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – 18:09 | Comments Off
Nashville Notes: Logano Steamed

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Gladeville, Tenn. – The final laps of Nationwide Series races at Auto Club Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway this season weren’t kind to Joey Logano.
The 19-year-old driver was on the receiving end of contact from fellow competitors at the conclusion of each event.
When asked if the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway is [...]

Allgaier Adjusting Well To Life As NASCAR winner
Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – 16:39 | Comments Off
Allgaier Adjusting Well To Life As NASCAR winner

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Gladeville, Tenn. – There’s been little downtime over the past two weeks for Justin Allgaier, the newest first-time winner in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.
Following his dramatic victory at Bristol Motor Speedway last month, the second-year driver known as “Little Gator” has been on a whirlwind schedule during the days leading up [...]

Mikey Kile Gets His Big Break
Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 – 6:59 | Comments Off
Mikey Kile Gets His Big  Break

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Talladega, Ala. – Mikey Kile had plenty of reasons to be ecstatic on Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway.
The 27-year-old Louisiana native set fast time during the morning session of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards test at the mammoth 2.66-mile tri-oval.
Kile was also beaming over the announcement that he’ll [...]

Cup Notes: A Softening Ticket?
Friday, Mar 19, 2010 – 15:16 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: A Softening Ticket?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Bristol, Tenn. – Even mighty Bristol Motor Speedway is feeling the wrath of the Great Recession.
Thunder Valley has long been considered the toughest ticket in NASCAR. But Sunday’s Food City 500 isn’t sold out.
Veteran driver Jeff Burton admitted on Friday that the sport is in the midst of the worst economic climate [...]

Gresham An Off-Week Hot Spot
Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 – 7:51 | One Comment
Gresham An Off-Week Hot Spot

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Jefferson, Ga. – A pair of former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions spent some time this week at Gresham Motorsports Park, a refurbished facility located about an hour northeast of Atlanta.
On Tuesday, 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch tested his No. 2 Dodge on the freshly-paved half-mile paved oval, which was previously known as Peach State Speedway.
“This [...]

Hood: It Sounded Like A Bomb
Friday, Mar 12, 2010 – 7:21 | 12 Comments
Hood: It Sounded Like A Bomb

In Carl Edwards’ world, someone with a bigger stick than NASCAR president Mike Helton and Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush spoke on Thursday.
In a prepared statement, Scotts, which sponsored Edwards’ No. 99 Ford in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, made it very clear that the type of behavior shown by the [...]

Cup Notes: A Top Salvage Job
Monday, Mar 8, 2010 – 6:49 | 2 Comments
Cup Notes: A Top Salvage Job

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – Kevin Harvick salvaged his worst run of the young Sprint Cup season by finishing ninth in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500.
Harvick, who ran outside of the top 20 much of the day with an ill-handling car, made up a lot of ground by dodging a Turn 4 wreck [...]