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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

Brian Keselowski Gives Himself The Hook In Nationwide Series
Thursday, Aug 20, 2009 – 13:17 | One Comment
Brian Keselowski Gives Himself The Hook In Nationwide Series

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In baseball vernacular, team manager Brian Keselowski walked to the mound and gave himself the hook.
After failing to qualify for last month’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, the 27-year-old driver from Rochester Hills, Mich. made one of the most difficult decisions in his racing career.
After [...]

Some Drivers Are Fuming Over Fuel Mileage Racing
Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 – 19:16 | One Comment
Some Drivers Are Fuming Over Fuel Mileage Racing

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brooklyn, Mich. – The pain was etched on Greg Biffle’s face Friday morning.
In June’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Biffle was a mere mile from victory in team owner Jack Roush’s back yard.
Instead, his No. 16 Ford transformed from an 800 horsepower stock car into a soapbox derby racer when [...]

Friday Notes: Vickers Vaults to Pole At Michigan
Friday, Aug 14, 2009 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Friday Notes: Vickers Vaults to Pole At Michigan

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brooklyn, Mich. – Brian Vickers put a small dent in Mark Martin’s storybook season Friday afternoon when he edged the 50-year-old veteran to win the pole for Sunday’s CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
It was Vickers’ sixth pole this year and eleventh of his career.
“I was just talking to Robin [...]

Nationwide’s Matt Carter Is A Driver And A Racer
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 – 8:49 | Comments Off
Nationwide’s Matt Carter Is A Driver And A Racer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Brandon Whitt and Specialty Racing parted ways following the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ visit to The Milwaukee Mile in June, team manager Doug Taylor didn’t have to look very far for a replacement.
For the past two years, Taylor’s Ford Fusions have been housed in Statesville, N.C. in a shop owned [...]

Drivers Offer To Help NASCAR With 2010 Scheduling
Saturday, Aug 8, 2009 – 16:05 | 5 Comments
Drivers Offer To Help NASCAR With 2010 Scheduling

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Less than a week after enduring Monday’s four-hour marathon at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR veteran Ryan Newman was more than happy on Friday to chime in on how the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule should take shape.
It starts with reducing the length of races.
“Realistically from an excitement standpoint, all [...]

Boris Says: Cup Drivers Now Road Savvy
Friday, Aug 7, 2009 – 13:30 | Comments Off
Boris Says: Cup Drivers Now Road Savvy

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – When it comes to turning left and right, road racing ace Boris Said believes there’s no comparison between today’s Sprint Cup competitors and the drivers that competed in NASCAR’s premier series just over a decade ago.
“It’s night and day,” the 46-year old Said said. “Ten years [...]

Park Returns To Roots In Hope Of Returning To Top
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2009 – 7:00 | 3 Comments
Park Returns To Roots In Hope Of Returning To Top

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Veteran driver Steve Park hopes success in a NASCAR series designed to showcase up-and-coming talent will resurrect his racing career.
The 41-year-old Park took a step in that direction Saturday night when he passed Jody Lavender for the lead with five laps remaining then pulled away from Ryan Truex. to win the [...]

Stenhouse Has Found A Home In Nationwide Series
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 12:08 | One Comment
Stenhouse Has Found A Home In Nationwide Series

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Newton, Ia. – Following a successful rookie campaign last season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series highlighted by victories at Kentucky and Pocono, Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stood at a crossroads.
The former USAC National Sprint and Midget standout lobbied team owner Jack Roush during the offseason for another [...]

NASCAR Set To Announce Plans For Nationwide COT
Saturday, Aug 1, 2009 – 7:48 | Comments Off
NASCAR Set To Announce Plans For Nationwide COT

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Newton, Ia. – NASCAR is expected to notify Nationwide Series teams as soon as next week if the Car of Tomorrow will make its debut on that circuit at Talladega in April or the July race at Daytona next season.
Three days after gathering with Nationwide Series team owners at NASCAR’s R&D [...]

Nationwide Race In Iowa Has Set Rusty’s Tongue To Racing
Friday, Jul 31, 2009 – 7:56 | One Comment
Nationwide Race In Iowa Has Set Rusty’s Tongue To Racing

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Newton, Ia. – Rusty Wallace looked like a proud papa Thursday morning moments after landing at the airport overlooking Iowa Speedway.
As 51 teams began preparations for this weekend’s inaugural Nationwide Series race at the .875-mile D-shaped oval, one of Wallace’s first duties was to brag to a group of reporters [...]