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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

Hodgdon Had A Wonderful Track Record
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 – 8:28 | 2 Comments
Hodgdon Had A Wonderful Track Record

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Warner Hodgdon, a promiment developer from San Bernardino, Calif., passed away Wednesday at the age of 80 following several weeks of declining health. It’s only fitting that NASCAR rolls into neighboring Fontana, Calif. this weekend for activities at Auto Club Speedway.
Thirty years ago, Hodgdon’s name was synonymous with the most-famous racing [...]

Mikes And Bumps Are The Buzz At Bristol
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 – 19:23 | Comments Off
Mikes And Bumps Are The Buzz At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. –The buzz around Bristol Motor Speedway is Denny Hamlin’s decision to forego an appeal of the $25,000 fine he was docked by NASCAR for recent comments he made about the new Generation 6 car.
It is expected that NASCAR will collect the fine through a deduction of his race winnings.
Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie [...]

Q and A: Hamlin Faces Media At Bristol
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 – 16:08 | One Comment
Q and A: Hamlin Faces Media At Bristol

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a hastily-scheduled press conference, Denny Hamlin met with reporters behind his Joe Gibbs Racing team hauler just after 2 p.m. on Friday to discuss the $25,000 fine imposed against him by NASCAR.
Hamlin, who refused to pay the fine, announced on Thursday that he won’t appeal the [...]

A Favorite To Win The Daytona 500 Has Emerged
Friday, Feb 22, 2013 – 18:53 | One Comment
A Favorite To Win The Daytona 500 Has Emerged

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lame-duck driver Kevin Harvick’s performance during Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway has been anything but lame.
After announcing last fall that his tenure of more than a decade with Richard Childress Racing will be coming to an end following the 2013 season, Harvick has suddenly become [...]

Racing, Not Just Romance, Talked-Up At Daytona
Friday, Feb 15, 2013 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Racing, Not Just Romance, Talked-Up At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sprint Cup rookie of the year contenders Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick’s romance dominated the conversations during Thursday’s media day at Daytona International Speedway.
But there was plenty of other racing news to come out of the annual gathering that signals the start of the stockcar racing portion of Budweiser Speed [...]

Campbell Exchanges Luxury Suite For Fire Suit
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 – 9:02 | Comments Off
Campbell Exchanges Luxury Suite For Fire Suit

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the stock car portion of Speedweeks gets under way at Daytona International Speedway in February, Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell plans on having a front row seat.
The grandson of Martinsville Speedway founder Clay Earles, the 52-year-old Campbell has his sights set on competing in the [...]

Emotions Run High At HMS Press Conference
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 – 17:55 | 2 Comments
Emotions Run High At HMS Press Conference

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was plenty of drama in a packed media center at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday afternoon as Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick discussed the four-time Sprint Cup champion’s retaliation against Clint Bowyer at the conclusion of last week’s race in Phoenix.
Gordon, who said he [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Campaigns – Surprise! – For Jimmie
Friday, Nov 9, 2012 – 20:52 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Campaigns – Surprise! – For Jimmie

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Keeping with the week’s theme where nearly everyone made a prediction on who would win Tuesday’s presidential campaign, Dale Earnhardt Jr. put on his prognostication hat Friday at Phoenix International Raceway and cast his vote on who will win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
The two candidates are [...]

Drivers Are In Conservation Mode At Talladega
Friday, Oct 5, 2012 – 17:11 | Comments Off
Drivers Are In Conservation Mode At Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talladega Superspeedway was a lonely place Friday afternoon.
After 43 drivers participated in opening practice for Sunday’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, only 32 took to the track for Happy Hour.
And 19 of those competitors turned less than 10 laps on the 2.66-mile trioval during the final tuneup for this weekend’s 188 lap [...]

Drivers Expecting A Hot Time In Las Vegas
Friday, Sep 28, 2012 – 20:19 | Comments Off
Drivers Expecting A Hot Time In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – As temperatures soared into the low 90s, the air conditioning circulating throughout the neon garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday afternoon offered relief from the heat to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams as they began preparations for Saturday night’s Smith’s 350 at the 1.5-oval.
The mercury is expected to [...]