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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

NASCAR Notes: McMurray Serves Up Buck Day
Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 – 7:40 | One Comment
NASCAR Notes: McMurray Serves Up Buck Day

Fontana, Calif. – Jamie McMurray’s win in last weekend’s Daytona 500 proved to be a financial windfall for 2,000 NASCAR fans in Atlanta.
Atlanta Motor Speedway agreed to sell 2,000 frontstretch tickets for next month’s Kobalt Tools 500 with the price determined by the winning car number of the Great American Race.
McMurray’s victory in the No. 1 Chevrolet [...]

Roush Explains Why Kenseth Has New Crew Chief
Friday, Feb 19, 2010 – 17:28 | Comments Off
Roush Explains Why Kenseth Has New Crew Chief

Fontana, Calif. – Directing Matt Kenseth to an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s Daytona 500 wasn’t enough for Drew Blickensderfer to retain his job as crew chief of Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 Ford.
The first shocking personnel move of the young NASCAR season was detailed by team owner Jack Roush during a press conference Friday morning [...]

Edwards Holds Court In Daytona
Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 – 7:33 | Comments Off
Edwards Holds Court In Daytona

Daytona Beach, Fla. – When it comes to speaking his mind, there are few NASCAR drivers more candid than Carl Edwards.
On a rainy Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, Edwards met with the media twice and touched on a wide range of topics including Sunday’s Daytona 500, Ford’s new engine, Hendrick Motorsports’ domination of the [...]

McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel
Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 – 17:54 | Comments Off
McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Michael McDowell became an instant classic on Youtube following his vicious wreck during Sprint Cup qualifying in April 2008 at Texas Motor Speedway.

On Thursday, the Phoenix native took a major step toward shedding the label of a driver best-known for a horrifying, barrel-roll crash.
He drove an unsponsored [...]

Daytona Notes: JPM To Make Points
Friday, Feb 5, 2010 – 7:37 | Comments Off
Daytona Notes: JPM To Make Points

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Juan Pablo Montoya said numerous times last season that his primary focus was qualifying for the Sprint Cup Chase and winning the championship.
Those goals will remain the same in 2010 for the popular driver from Colombia, who came under fire at times last year for points racing.
Montoya, who failed to win an event in 2009, [...]

Keselowski Is Ready To Rumble In Cup
Thursday, Feb 4, 2010 – 15:57 | Comments Off
Keselowski Is Ready To Rumble In Cup

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – It’s no secret that NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski is rarely shy when it comes to using the front bumper.
The Michigan native’s aggressive nature was on display for all to see last season during his much-publicized on-track feud with Denny Hamlin.
So when NASCAR announced last month they are encouraging drivers [...]

Busch Goes Bow-less In Georgia
Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 – 21:25 | One Comment
Busch Goes Bow-less In Georgia

Braselton, Ga. – After dominating and winning Sunday’s SpeedFest at Lanier National Speedway, Kyle Busch committed a major blunder during his post-race celebration.
The 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion grabbed the checkered flag and took his customary victory lap around the .375-mile paved oval in his No. 51 Toyota Camry.
But when his feet hit the ground in victory lane, [...]

‘Little Gator’ Could Be Nipping At Busch’s Heels
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 – 8:00 | Comments Off
‘Little Gator’ Could Be Nipping At Busch’s Heels

Justin Allgaier capitalized on landing a dream ride with Penske Racing last season by finishing sixth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship standings and capturing the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award.
And with his sophomore season in Penske’s No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge in NASCAR’s junior circuit set to begin in Daytona on Feb. [...]

Tour Notes: Darby Out As Cup Series Director
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 – 11:48 | One Comment
Tour Notes: Darby Out As Cup Series Director

Editor’s note: The annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway is being held this week. RacinToday has a trio of writers on the Tour and will be reporting daily with opinions, features, news and notes.

Concord, N.C. – Racintoday.com has confirmed that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby has been reassigned within [...]

Tour Notes: CMS Downsizes
Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – 19:13 | One Comment
Tour Notes: CMS Downsizes

Editor’s note: The annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway is being held this week. RacinToday has a trio of writers on the Tour and will be reporting daily with opinions, features, news and notes.

Concord, N.C. – Charlotte Motor Speedway has joined the ranks of NASCAR race tracks decreasing its seating capacity.
Speedway president [...]