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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

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 [...]

Beating NASCAR Is Bittersweet For Ferko
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 7:06 | Comments Off
Beating NASCAR Is Bittersweet For Ferko

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas. – It’s officially known as the Dickies 500.
But to Francis Ferko’s ex-wife, it will always be “Frank’s race.”
When the green flag waves at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, the person who was instrumental in bringing NASCAR to the Lone Star state each November will be watching ABC’s [...]

Nationwide’s Future Tests Talladega
Monday, Nov 2, 2009 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Nationwide’s Future Tests Talladega

Talladega, Ala. – Eight drivers got a glimpse at the future of the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Monday during a six-hour test of the circuit’s new car at Talladega Superspeedway.
James Buescher, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Kelly Bires shook down Chevrolet Impalas as Justin Allgaier logged laps in Dodge’s new Challenger.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Colin Braun [...]

Johnson Closes In on Title
Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 – 18:48 | Comments Off
Johnson Closes In on Title

Talladega, Ala. – Drivers hoping to put a dent in Jimmie Johnson’s championship hopes on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway wound up self-destructing during the final laps of the AMP Energy 500.
While NASCAR’s most dominant driver nursed his No. 48 Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish, his chief competition wound up crashing and running out fuel during [...]

Teen DiBenedetto Gets A New Car
Saturday, Oct 24, 2009 – 7:34 | 3 Comments
Teen DiBenedetto Gets A New Car

Millington, Tenn. – Joe Gibbs Racing will dip into its deep pool of driver talent today when Matt DiBenedetto makes his debut in the Nationwide Series in the Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
The 18-year-old DiBenedetto, a participant in the NASCAR Camping World East Series this year, gets the keys [...]

Nationwide Notes: Keller Says Keep It Real
Friday, Oct 23, 2009 – 17:10 | One Comment
Nationwide Notes: Keller Says Keep It Real

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Millington, Tenn. – Steve Wallace created a buzz last weekend when he tossed his helmet in the garage at Lowe’s Motor Speedway following a wreck triggered by David Gilliland during Saturday night’s Dollar General 300.
Though Wallace later apologized for the helmet incident, Nationwide Series veteran driver Jason Keller believes it’s essential that [...]

Eury Jr. To Guide First-Timer at Memphis
Friday, Oct 23, 2009 – 13:17 | One Comment
Eury Jr. To Guide First-Timer at Memphis

Millington, Tenn. – When the No. 5 Chevrolet rolls onto the track for Saturday’s Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, the driver won’t be the only person settling into a new role.
Richard Boswell’s NASCAR Nationwide Series debut will coincide with Tony Eury Jr. sliding into the crew chief role for [...]

Shepherd Moves On As A Driver And A Cause
Saturday, Oct 17, 2009 – 7:30 | 4 Comments
Shepherd Moves On As A Driver And A Cause

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – As a steady drizzle fell over Lowe’s Motor Speedway, NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd found time Thursday afternoon to disclose how he celebrated his 68th birthday on Monday.
“I gave everybody the day off and I worked on the race car,” said Shepherd, as a wide-smile flashed across his face.
A driver [...]

NASCAR Notes: Johnson And Team Face Changing Times
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 – 21:15 | One Comment
NASCAR Notes: Johnson And Team Face Changing Times

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – If Jimmie Johnson captures a fourth consecutive Sprint Cup championship, he’ll do so despite being forced to use three different rear-tire changers during the final third of the season.
After rear-tire changer Jeremy West was sidelined by back surgery following the night race at Bristol in August, crew chief [...]

Bayne A Rising-Star Attraction in Garages
Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
Bayne A Rising-Star Attraction in Garages

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fontana, Calif. – Seconds after flashing his boyish, All-American smile, 18-year-old Trevor Bayne stood in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage on Friday and calmly delivered a bold prediction about today’s Copart 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
“I think a top-five finish is a good expectation for me,” said Bayne, who will [...]