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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

Racing, Not Just Romance, Talked-Up At Daytona
Friday, Feb 15, 2013 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Racing, Not Just Romance, Talked-Up At Daytona
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 on Campbell Exchanges Luxury Suite For Fire Suit
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 on Earnhardt Jr. Campaigns – Surprise! – For Jimmie
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 on Drivers Are In Conservation Mode At Talladega
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 on Drivers Expecting A Hot Time In Las Vegas
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 […]

Ryan Blaney Looking For Second Victory, Shot At Moving Up
Friday, Sep 21, 2012 – 17:37 | Comments Off on Ryan Blaney Looking For Second Victory, Shot At Moving Up
Ryan Blaney Looking For Second Victory, Shot At Moving Up

SPARTA, Ky. – The newest winner on the NASCAR circuit, Ryan Blaney, met the assembled media at Kentucky Speedway early Friday afternoon.
The 18-year-old Blaney became the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Camping World Series on Saturday when he captured the checkered flag at the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Blaney’s victory came […]

Danica And Kenseth Talk Tempers At Atlanta
Friday, Aug 31, 2012 – 17:10 | 2 Comments
Danica And Kenseth Talk Tempers At Atlanta

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – Danica Patrick said Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway she had no regrets waving her finger at Regan Smith last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway following a late-race incident that sent her No. 10 Chevrolet nose-first into the inside retaining wall.
“I think what matters is that the fans […]

Earnhardt Jr. Says Keselowski A Very Good Talker
Friday, Aug 24, 2012 – 20:23 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Says Keselowski A Very Good Talker

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Brad Keselowski said last week that Hendrick Motorsports might be fudging on the rules directed at rear ends and suspensions to gain a competitive advantage.
He backed off those comments somewhat Thursday evening during a media function at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked on Friday if […]

Earnhardt Jr. To Soldier On With National Guard
Friday, Aug 17, 2012 – 16:54 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Jr. To Soldier On With National Guard
Earnhardt Jr. To Soldier On With National Guard

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Just a few weeks after a congressional effort narrowly failed that would have prohibited military sports-related sponsorships, Hendrick Motorsports announced on Friday that the National Guard will continue its relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and remain on his No. 88 Chevrolet through at least 2013.
Prior to the […]