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Jeff Hood, Senior Writer

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

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]