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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

Long To Start Snowball From Pole
Saturday, Dec 5, 2009 – 17:11 | 3 Comments
Long To Start Snowball From Pole

Pensacola, Fla. – Johanna Long was fastest in qualifying for the annual Snowball Derby here and will start on the pole in Sunday’s race.
The Derby is one of the top events for Super Late Models and attracts some of the top drivers in the country. It his held at Five Flags Speedway.
In earning the pole, [...]

Wallace’s Career Began To Snowball At Derby
Saturday, Dec 5, 2009 – 8:51 | 2 Comments
Wallace’s Career Began To Snowball At Derby

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Pensacola, Fla. – Steven Wallace doesn’t yet own the hardware that comes with a NASCAR championship.
But he does have the upper-hand on his father, 1989 Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace, when it comes to Snowball Derby titles.
Steven Wallace scored his victory in the famous 300-lap Super Late Model race at Five Flags [...]

Star Power Heats Up The Snowball Derby
Saturday, Dec 5, 2009 – 7:50 | One Comment
Star Power Heats Up The Snowball Derby

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Pensacola, Fla. – There was plenty of NASCAR star power in the pit area on Friday at Five Flags Speedway as preparations continued for this weekend’s Snowball Derby, one of the nation’s most prestigious Super Late Model races.
NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, James Buescher, Cale Gale, Steven Wallace, Brian Scott, Ryan Sieg, Shane Sieg, Brian [...]

Hood: Nationwide Drivers Reap Their Awards
Saturday, Nov 28, 2009 – 8:29 | One Comment
Hood: Nationwide Drivers Reap Their Awards

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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I wound up attending 33 of this year’s 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
A brief back injury forced me to skip the circuit’s lone stop in, of all places, Las Vegas in February.
I intentionally passed on going across the border later in the year for the road course race in Montreal. I had a [...]

Cup Notes: Martin Awed By 48
Friday, Nov 20, 2009 – 19:00 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Martin Awed By 48

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Homestead, Fla. – When it comes to excelling during NASCAR’s 10-race Sprint Cup chase, there is no one better than Jimmie Johnson, who will attempt to clinch an unprecedented fourth consecutive title during Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Mark Martin, the lone driver with a mathematical chance to dethrone Johnson [...]

France Talks Schedules, Bumps, Danica
Friday, Nov 20, 2009 – 15:32 | 2 Comments
France Talks Schedules, Bumps, Danica

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Homestead, Fla. – NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France met with members of the media on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to discuss the current state of the sport.
Among the highlights:
Question: The drivers were critical over the bump-drafting rule at Talladega three weeks ago. What are you planning on doing there?
France: [...]

Georgia Track Rich In History
Monday, Nov 16, 2009 – 16:00 | 2 Comments
Georgia Track Rich In History

Jefferson, Ga. – Fresh off a multi-million dollar renovation, Gresham Motorsports Park, the half-mile paved oval formerly known as Peach State Speedway, opened its gates on Sunday to host one of the nation’s premier Late Model events, the World Crown 300.
Originally known as Jeffco Speedway, the facility welcomed what is today known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in [...]

Cup Notes: Kahne Facing ‘Lot of Unknowns’
Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 – 8:36 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Kahne Facing ‘Lot of Unknowns’

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Avondale, Ariz. – When asked to look into his crystal ball and predict how Richard Petty Motorsports’ merger with Yates Racing will impact him, Kasey Kahne made it clear Friday that he wants to continue working with crew chief Kenny Francis and keep his team intact in 2010.
But he also painted a picture [...]

Warning! Do Not Bet Against Hendrick At PIR
Friday, Nov 13, 2009 – 18:20 | Comments Off
Warning! Do Not Bet Against Hendrick At PIR

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Avondale, Ariz. – When it comes to predicting a winner in Sunday’s Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, it’s difficult to bet against the four-car Hendrick Motorsports juggernaut.
Mark Martin led 157 laps at Phoenix International Raceway in April and wound up snapping a 98-race winless streak.
Jimmie Johnson, who has never finished off the [...]

Texas Notes: Stewart Bored? Not Really
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Texas Notes: Stewart Bored? Not Really

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Despite being caught on ABC’s coverage of the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway telling his team he was having trouble staying awake during Sunday’s race as the field ran in single-file formation, Tony Stewart contends that last weekend’s restrictor plate event was entertaining.
“It wasn’t a boring [...]