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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

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 [...]

Georgia Peaches Beginning To Ripen In NASCAR
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 – 8:51 | One Comment
Georgia Peaches Beginning To Ripen In NASCAR

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When the University of Georgia football team opens the season in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend, the prospects of a great campaign might hinge on the play of a heralded, incoming freshman class billed as the ”dream team.”
Motorsports in Georgia had its own version of a “dream team” about a decade earlier when three young drivers began their assault on [...]

Ben Kennedy Working Way Up Through Ranks
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 – 5:21 | Comments Off
Ben Kennedy Working Way Up Through Ranks

By Jeff Hood | Senior Wrtier
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Jefferson, Ga. – At first glance, you’d be hard-pressed to know there was plenty of star power lining up in the corner of Ben Kennedy prior to the start of Saturday night’s NASCAR K&N Series 150 at Gresham Motorsports Park.
As rain delayed the start of the evening’s main event at [...]

David Ragan Gets Biggest Win Of His Career
Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 20:43 | Comments Off
David Ragan Gets Biggest Win Of His Career

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – The last time David Ragan stood in victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he was a pint-sized kid standing alongside a Legends car sponsored by Rudy Farms.
Saturday night, he returned to that same hallowed ground after passing Brad Keselowski for the lead with just over a lap [...]

Hood: First NHRA Race A Real Ear-Opener
Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 7:15 | 5 Comments
Hood: First NHRA Race A Real Ear-Opener

Commerce, Ga. – After witnessing several hundred NASCAR races (I’ve actually lost count) in person over the past three decades, I experienced a motorsports first on Saturday when I attended my first NHRA event.
Though it was the final day of qualifying for the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway to set the field for Sunday’s action [...]

This Time, Regan Smith Can Keep The Trophy
Sunday, May 8, 2011 – 6:55 | 4 Comments
This Time, Regan Smith Can Keep The Trophy

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Darlington, S.C. – The mystique of Darlington Raceway lived up to its reputation Saturday night as cars wrecked and tempers flared in the Showtime Southern 500.
And that was just during the final 10 laps.
Once the dust settled, a near-capacity Palmetto State crowd roared its approval for first-time Sprint Cup winner [...]

Hood: A Day Full Of Highlights At Talladega
Monday, Apr 18, 2011 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Hood: A Day Full Of Highlights At Talladega

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Talladega, Ala. – A race track known for producing the bizarre churned out several more oddities during Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Observations on a sun-splashed race day in central Alabama, which played out in front of 115,000 spectators:
- For the first time in the history of the massive 2.66-mile [...]

Hood: Greetings From The Adult Version Of Disney World
Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 – 20:16 | Comments Off
Hood: Greetings From The Adult Version Of Disney World

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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West Palm Beach, Fla. – The second weekend of April traditionally offers an abundant supply of sports-related opportunities for sports junkies.
That was certainly the case for me as I checked the calendar and began making my plans for this weekend, fully realizing the azaleas and dogwoods would be near full-bloom [...]

Race Notes: Tickets Go Unused
Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 – 18:53 | 6 Comments
Race Notes: Tickets Go Unused

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Bristol, Tenn. – It wasn’t a good day to be a ticket scalper outside of Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Folks hoping to peddle grandstand tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Jeff Byrd 500 were spotted up to 10 miles from the .533-mile oval less than an hour before the start [...]