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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

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 [...]

Ryan Blaney Looking For Second Victory, Shot At Moving Up
Friday, Sep 21, 2012 – 17:37 | Comments Off
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
RacinToday.com
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
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 [...]

Gordon To Receive Award That Will Never Tarnish
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 – 11:12 | Comments Off
Gordon To Receive Award That Will Never Tarnish

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LONG POND, Pa. – Jeff Gordon will be presented the Heisman Humanitarian award at the The Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner in New York in December.
The announcement was made at Pocono Raceway on Friday as the four-time Sprint Cup champion was flanked by past Heisman winners Tim Brown of Notre Dame [...]

Allgaier Returns To Scene Of A Big NNS Victory
Friday, Jul 20, 2012 – 18:17 | Comments Off
Allgaier Returns To Scene Of A Big NNS Victory

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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JOLIET, Ill. – Justin Allgaier’s second career victory in the Nationwide Series came in spectacular fashion here during last season’s STP 400 at Chicagoland Speedway when the Riverton, Illinois native streaked past Carl Edwards on the final lap after Edwards No. 60 Ford ran out of fuel with the checkered [...]

Camping World Trucks To Add Road Courses?
Friday, Jul 13, 2012 – 18:54 | Comments Off
Camping World Trucks To Add Road Courses?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NEWTON, Iowa – There were rumblings on Friday at Iowa Speedway about the possibility of one or two road course events and an additional short track race being part of next season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.
“I’m hearing a lot of that chatter in the garage area,” said points [...]

NASCAR CEO Talks Top Issues In Daytona Beach
Friday, Jul 6, 2012 – 14:48 | 2 Comments
NASCAR CEO Talks Top Issues In Daytona Beach

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s summer visit to Daytona is traditionally considered the mid-point of the racing season.
It’s also an opportunity for NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France to meet the media to address a wide-range of questions related to the sport.
On the eve of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 [...]