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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

Stewart’s Martinsville Move Still Raising Eyebrows
Friday, Mar 30, 2012 – 17:42 | Comments Off
Stewart’s Martinsville Move Still Raising Eyebrows

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway this weekend, the site of defending Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart’s remarkable pass around five-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson during the closing moments of last fall’s 500 lap event here.
Following a late-race restart, Stewart accomplished a rare feat by making the [...]

John King Buzzes On After Victory In Daytona
Friday, Mar 30, 2012 – 14:19 | Comments Off
John King Buzzes On After Victory In Daytona

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Who is John King?
Five weeks ago, the unknown rookie from Tennessee showed up at Daytona just hoping to log laps during the season opener for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in his eighth career start.
On Friday, he was still walking on air as he sat before [...]

How Much Driver Access Is Too Much Access?
Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 – 13:15 | Comments Off
How Much Driver Access Is Too Much Access?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – It was business as usual during Saturday morning’s NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers’ meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway as drivers, crew chiefs, team owners, race and track officials, sponsors, dignitaries and media gathered in a small conference room just inside Turn 3.
There was little fanfare as Nationwide Series [...]

NASCAR Notes: Team Owner In Different Kind Of Ring
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 – 8:08 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: Team Owner In Different Kind Of Ring

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR team owner Robby Benton has decided to throw his hat into the political arena.
The 32-year-old Benton, who fields the No. 09 Toyotas in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, is one of five Republican candidates vying for the District 41 state Senate seat in North Carolina.
The election [...]

Hood: Daytona Bonfire Makes Top-10 List Bid
Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 – 7:56 | One Comment
Hood: Daytona Bonfire Makes Top-10 List Bid

The 2012 Daytona 500 will forever be remembered for Juan Pablo Motoya’s No. 42 Chevrolet suffering a mechanical failure under caution and slamming into a jet dryer.
The resulting ball of fire and lengthy cleanup that followed dominated Tuesday morning’s headlines. The incident also overshadowed Matt Kenseth’s victory in the Great American Race.
I’ve followed NASCAR closely [...]

Daytona Notes: 500 Could Have Steamy Sub-Plot
Friday, Feb 24, 2012 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Daytona Notes: 500 Could Have Steamy Sub-Plot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Engine temperatures continue to be a concern heading into Sunday’s Daytona 500.
A rule change designed to limit drivers from pushing fellow competitors for more than two laps has left engine temperatures approaching the danger point.
It’s resulted in a return to the pack racing that fans seem to favor.
But it’s also led [...]

500-Bound Robby Gordon Gives Econ Lecture
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 – 18:31 | 2 Comments
500-Bound Robby Gordon Gives Econ Lecture

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Robby Gordon parlayed earning a berth into this weekend’s Daytona 500 into a rare opportunity to hold court with the media on Thursday.
And the maverick racer didn’t disappoint when it came time to offer his opinion on a variety of topics.
Despite nailing down a starting position in NASCAR’s most prestigious event, [...]

Hood: Introducing One Person’s Daytona 43
Monday, Feb 13, 2012 – 14:53 | 3 Comments
Hood: Introducing One Person’s Daytona 43

With the season-opening Daytona 500 less than two weeks away, my friends at SPEED got me to thinking over the weekend by announcing they will soon reveal their 43-driver “Great American Grid.”
Their grid will consist of the greatest drivers who have competed in the Daytona 500, all the way back to the inaugural running of [...]

Hood: There’s Plenty Of Racing To Chew On
Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 – 10:11 | One Comment
Hood: There’s Plenty Of Racing To Chew On

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Up early on Thanksgiving morning and reflecting on the just-completed NASCAR season, there’s plenty to be thankful for on our national day to offer thanks:
- I’m thankful that Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards each “got up on the wheel” and provided us with a championship battle for the ages.
- I’m [...]

Hood: A Sad View From The Grandstands
Monday, Oct 24, 2011 – 8:15 | 17 Comments
Hood: A Sad View From The Grandstands

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – On a sun-splashed 70-degree afternoon, I chose to watch Sunday’s Good Sam 500 at Talladega Superspeedway among the masses in the grandstands instead of from my customary perch inside the comfy pressbox that overlooks the 2.66-mile tri-oval.
OK, perhaps after what I witnessed on Sunday the term “among [...]