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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

2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 – 8:06 | Comments Off
2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was no shortage of optimism and storylines in the room during media day at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday as a steady stream of nearly 50 NASCAR drivers were paraded in front of the assembled press.
Sporting new hair styles, tans, fit bodies and unblemished racing [...]

Rick Hendrick’s Gamble Continues To Pay Off Big
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 – 15:29 | 2 Comments
Rick Hendrick’s Gamble Continues To Pay Off Big

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The three team owners with a mathematical chance to see their driver win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship held court with the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.
There was plenty of reminiscing and discussion about the direction of the sport between Richard Childress, Joe Gibbs and Rick [...]

Notes: Mistakes Will Separate Contenders In 2013 Chase
Friday, Nov 1, 2013 – 19:58 | Comments Off
Notes: Mistakes Will Separate Contenders In 2013 Chase

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, the top two drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, will shadow one another when the green flag waves over Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.
Five-time Cup champion Johnson will roll off third for Sunday’s 334-lap event. Matt Kenseth will line [...]

Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others
Friday, Oct 25, 2013 – 19:14 | Comments Off
Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Call it the mystique at Martinsville.
Fifteen of Richard Petty’s 200 career wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came at Martinsville Speedway. .
Bobby Allison, on the other hand, never managed to visit victory lane at the paperclip-shaped oval during his legendary Cup career.
Fast forward to today and that trend remains in full [...]

Junior Still Bigger Than The Big One At Talladega
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – 17:28 | 2 Comments
Junior Still Bigger Than The Big One At Talladega

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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TALLADEGA, Ala. – Each time the gates swing open at Talladega Superspeedway in east central Alabama, there’s little doubt who the fans that pack this mammoth track will be rooting for on race days.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been mired in a slump for the past seven years when it comes [...]

NASCAR Puts Jeff Gordon Into The 2013 Chase
Friday, Sep 13, 2013 – 15:02 | 34 Comments
NASCAR Puts Jeff Gordon Into The 2013 Chase

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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JOLIET, Ill. – In a surreal moment, NASCAR CEO Brian France announced today at Chicagoland Speedway that Jeff Gordon will be added to this year’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, which begins with the Geico 400 here on Sunday.
“We’ve decided that, due to the totality of the events [...]

NASCAR Continues To Discuss Adding Gordon
Friday, Sep 13, 2013 – 13:00 | 2 Comments
NASCAR Continues To Discuss Adding Gordon

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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JOLIET, Ill. – Speculation continues to mount that NASCAR will add Jeff Gordon to the field of drivers in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
As practice got underway shortly at noon for Sunday’s Geico 400, there were numerous reports circulating that NASCAR officials were huddling here at Chicagoland [...]

Kennedy Carries France Banner Onto The Track
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 – 16:46 | Comments Off
Kennedy Carries France Banner Onto The Track

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ben Kennedy’s mom is arguably the most powerful female in motorsports.
But that fact likely went unnoticed to many race fans when the 21-year-old showed up at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier today to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.
Lesa France Kennedy, a member of NASCAR’s board [...]

Montoya On Future: ‘I Want To Be In A Winning Car’
Friday, Aug 16, 2013 – 15:04 | One Comment
Montoya On Future: ‘I Want To Be In A Winning Car’

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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BROOKLYN, Mich. – After posting just five top 10 finishes in 22 Sprint Cup starts this year, Juan Pablo Montoya received official notification earlier this week that he won’t return to Chip Ganassi’s No. 42 in 2014.
Montoya saw the writing on the wall earlier this year when the team chose [...]

Consistency Is In Short Supply In Chase Chase
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 – 15:58 | Comments Off
Consistency Is In Short Supply In Chase Chase

LONG POND, Pa. – With six races remaining until the field is set for this year’s NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson has been so dominant he could sit out one of the upcoming events and still hold a commanding points lead.
But that’s certainly not the case for the handful of drivers [...]