Home » Archive by Author

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

Boris Says: Cup Drivers Now Road Savvy
Friday, Aug 7, 2009 – 13:30 | Comments Off on Boris Says: Cup Drivers Now Road Savvy
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 on NASCAR Set To Announce Plans For Nationwide COT
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 […]

Drivers Hope To Meet Opportunity In St. Louis
Saturday, Jul 18, 2009 – 17:30 | Comments Off on Drivers Hope To Meet Opportunity In St. Louis
Drivers Hope To Meet Opportunity In St. Louis

By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Madison, Ill. – Saturday evening’s Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway isn’t considered one of the marquee stops on the 35-race Nationwide Series schedule.
But for several drivers, this weekend’s stand-alone NASCAR event might just be the most important evening of their racing career.
Despite recording a victory at Kentucky […]

Economics Continues To Trump Racing In Garage-Area Buzz
Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 – 7:47 | Comments Off on Economics Continues To Trump Racing In Garage-Area Buzz
Economics Continues To Trump Racing In Garage-Area Buzz

By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Loudon, N.H. – The 10-race stretch to determine who’s in and who’s out of this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins with Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The scramble to score precious championship points on the flat, 1.058-oval is weighing heavy on every driver’s […]

New Day Dawns For Earnhardt Jr. at Dover
Saturday, May 30, 2009 – 19:23 | Comments Off on New Day Dawns For Earnhardt Jr. at Dover
New Day Dawns For Earnhardt Jr. at Dover

By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Dover, Del. – As the sun struggled to pierce through a heavy cloud cover over the 1-mile Dover International Speedway early today, Brian Whitesell was busy going through the duties associated with his temporary role as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Whitesell will call the shots from the pit […]

Tonight, It’s The Morgan Shepherd 250
Friday, May 8, 2009 – 13:20 | Comments Off on Tonight, It’s The Morgan Shepherd 250
Tonight, It’s The Morgan Shepherd 250

By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Darlington, S.C. – There’s no stopping 67-year-old Morgan Shepherd, NASCAR’s ageless wonder who is scheduled to make his 250th career start in the Nationwide Series when the green flag waves on tonight’s Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway.
 “Keep roller skating, I reckon,” said Shepherd, who is frequently seen scooting […]

Hood: Best Finish Was The First Finish
Friday, May 8, 2009 – 12:20 | One Comment
Hood: Best Finish Was The First Finish

By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Darlington, S.C. – A recent online fan poll conducted by Darlington Raceway awarded Ricky Craven’s thrilling victory over Kurt Busch earlier this decade as the most-memorable finish during the 1.366-mile speedway’s 60-year history.
 While it would be difficult to vote against the 2003 event which produced the closest finish in NASCAR history, 30 years later […]