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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

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 [...]

Fontana Notes: Montoya Offers Danica Advice
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 16:58 | Comments Off
Fontana Notes: Montoya Offers Danica Advice

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fontana, Calif. – Former Indy 500 champion and Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya believes it would be a mistake for Danica Patrick to run a partial stock car schedule next season while competing for the 2010 Indy Car Series championship.
“I wouldn’t be driving both cars, to be honest,” said [...]

Gillett Discusses His, Petty Motorsports’ Future
Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 – 7:43 | Comments Off
Gillett Discusses His, Petty Motorsports’ Future

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Kansas City, Kan. – George Gillett Jr., co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, met with the media Saturday morning at Kansas Speedway to clear the air on several issues regarding his organization.
Gillett confirmed that the proposed merger between Richard Petty Motorsports and Yates Racing will likely occur.
He also said a trip [...]

Non-Chaser Burton Turns His Attention To The Future
Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 – 12:50 | One Comment
Non-Chaser Burton Turns His Attention To The Future

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Kansas City, Kan. – A fixture in each Chase for the Sprint Cup championship since 2006, Jeff Burton finds himself in unfamiliar territory.
As NASCAR’s playoffs rolls into Kansas Speedway for Sunday’s Price Chopper 400, the 21-time Cup race winner is forced to carry the “non-Chaser” label.
And Burton isn’t happy about it.
“It’s been painful [...]

Dover Notes: Tires Have Hamlin Smoking Mad
Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 – 7:40 | One Comment
Dover Notes: Tires Have Hamlin Smoking Mad

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Dover, Del. – It’s been a good year for Sprint Cup Chase contender Denny Hamlin, who took a shot at NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear on Friday at Dover International Speedway.
The driver of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 Toyota Camry isn’t happy with the fact that Goodyear isn’t using the tire recommended [...]