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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

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

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
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 on Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 on Kennedy Carries France Banner Onto The Track
Kennedy Carries France Banner Onto The Track

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 on Consistency Is In Short Supply In Chase Chase
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 […]

Stewart Has Dirty Reputation As Track Owner
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 – 15:46 | Comments Off on Stewart Has Dirty Reputation As Track Owner
Stewart Has Dirty Reputation As Track Owner

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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ROSSBURG, Ohio – Dave Blaney will make a rare start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tonight when he pilots the No. 19 Ford owned by Brad Keselowski in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
Aside from being a veteran driver, Blaney also wears the hat of a race […]

Bloomquist Slides Into NASCAR In Truck At Eldora
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 – 18:48 | 2 Comments
Bloomquist Slides Into NASCAR In Truck At Eldora

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ROSSBURG, Ohio – Scott Bloomquist is arguably the greatest stock car driver to never turn a lap in a NASCAR event.
But that will all change Wednesday evening when the Mooresburg, Tenn. native joins 29 others to make history by competing in the first NASCAR dirt race since 1970.
Bloomquist will pilot […]