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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

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 [...]

This Year’s Chase for Cup Is One For The Ages
Friday, Sep 25, 2009 – 20:43 | Comments Off
This Year’s Chase for Cup Is One For The Ages

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Dover, Del. –  Strike up the band for the over-the-hill guys.
Much like 59-year-old golfer Tom Watson did in July when he dominated the British Open before losing in a playoff, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Mark Martin is energizing American sports fans by contending for a championship at the ripe old [...]

Would A NASCAR Driver Take A Dive For The Team?
Friday, Sep 11, 2009 – 20:43 | 3 Comments
Would A NASCAR Driver Take A Dive For The Team?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Richmond, Va. – Would a NASCAR driver intentionally throw a race to assist a teammate?
That was a major topic of discussion on the eve of Saturday night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, which will set the field for this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Though several drivers [...]

Kasey Kahne Labors His Way To A Victory In Atlanta
Monday, Sep 7, 2009 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Kasey Kahne Labors His Way To A Victory In Atlanta

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – Just when Kevin Harvick appeared primed to snap a 105-race winless streak, one of his Richard Childress Racing teammates wound up breaking his heart.
When Clint Bowyer’s No. 33 Chevrolet slid through the grass to bring out the final caution in Sunday night’s Pep Boys Auto 500 at [...]

Hood: Atlanta Under The Lights Was A Winner
Monday, Sep 7, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Hood: Atlanta Under The Lights Was A Winner

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – There was plenty of electricity in the air when the lights came on at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night for the Pep Boys Auto 500.
One of the most competitive races in the track’s history, won by Kasey Kahne in front of an estimated crowd of 111,300, was merely icing [...]

No Shortage Of Pitfalls In Atlanta Motor Speedway Pits
Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 – 19:02 | Comments Off
No Shortage Of Pitfalls In Atlanta Motor Speedway Pits

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – If the key to winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway is navigating the 1.54-mile quad-oval’s sweeping turns, avoiding  incidents on pit road at 45 miles per hour is a close second.
That was the case for Juan Pablo Montoya, who appeared to be in the cat’s bird seat after [...]

Edwards Steps Wrong, Breaks Right Foot
Thursday, Sep 3, 2009 – 18:50 | One Comment
Edwards Steps Wrong, Breaks Right Foot

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – Carl Edwards still plans to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway, despite fracturing his right foot earlier this week.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver experienced a freak accident near his home in Columbia, Mo. on Wednesday.
“I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot [...]

Tough Times Put Short Tracks On Spot
Monday, Aug 31, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Tough Times Put Short Tracks On Spot

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Braselton, Ga. – Blessed with Chamber of Commerce weather, Donnie Clack and his staff ushered in another Saturday night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at Lanier National Speedway.

Vickers Says He Feels Sorry For Anger-Filled Busch
Friday, Aug 21, 2009 – 21:35 | 3 Comments
Vickers Says He Feels Sorry For Anger-Filled Busch

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Bristol, Tenn. – In Brian Vickers’ mind, Kyle Busch is out of rope.
Fresh off a win in Sunday’s CARFAX 400 in Michigan, Vickers showed up at Thunder Valley Friday morning with Red Bull Racing general manager Jay Frye prepared to talk about his new contract extension.
Instead, the media seemed more [...]

Three Wide Was For Sissies At Langley Speedway
Friday, Aug 21, 2009 – 7:25 | Comments Off

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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In the rich history of stock car racing, few events can top the night the USAR Pro Cup Series visited Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. on May, 23, 2009
That’s when two-time Pro Cup Series champion Clay Rogers pulled off an improbable four-wide pass in the fourth turn on the final lap (see [...]