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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

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 [...]

The No. 17 Driver Answers 20 For RT
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 – 13:41 | Comments Off
The No. 17 Driver Answers 20 For RT

ATLANTA – Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, attended Wednesday’s Atlanta Braves/Florida Marlins baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Kenseth was in town to chat with the media about next month’s Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and other racing-related
topics.
The Wisconsin native took time to field 20 questions from RacinToday.com:
1. Other [...]

Richmond Notes: Non-Chasers In Spotlight
Friday, Sep 9, 2011 – 18:32 | Comments Off
Richmond Notes: Non-Chasers In Spotlight

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – David Reutimann and Jamie McMurray, a pair of drivers out of contention for a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup field, stole the show at Richmond International Raceway Friday afternoon.
Nearly all of the pre-qualifying buzz focused on who will be in and who will be [...]

Cup Notes: White House Snubs Spur Debate
Friday, Sep 2, 2011 – 17:36 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: White House Snubs Spur Debate

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – When NASCAR takes its top drivers to the White House on Wednesday to meet President Barack Obama, four drivers will be noticeably absent
Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart were put on the defensive at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday afternoon when quizzed on why they [...]

Fans Give Danica A Warm NASCAR Welcome
Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 – 6:33 | Comments Off
Fans Give Danica A Warm NASCAR Welcome

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Based on a sampling of fans outside of Bristol Motor Speedway Friday morning, NASCAR Nation has embraced Danica Patrick’s decision to move to NASCAR on a full-time basis next season.
Art Potter of Grove Port, Ohio was one of a handful of autograph seekers standing next to the fence which surrounds the luxurious [...]