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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

Race Day: Earnhardt Jr. Is Riding A Roll
Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 – 8:11 | 2 Comments
Race Day: Earnhardt Jr. Is Riding A Roll

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s solid third-place finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway gives his legions of fans hope that the third generation driver’s 94-race Sprint Cup losing streak might come to an end today in the Jeff Byrd 500.
The high banks of Bristol have been relatively kind to [...]

New Point System Has Truck Series All Shook Up
Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 – 7:30 | Comments Off
New Point System Has Truck Series All Shook Up

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series has historically been dominated by seasoned drivers. But two races into a new season, a handful of newcomers to truck racing have snatched the headlines from the seasoned competitors.
Heading into Saturday’s Too Tough to Tame 200 in Darlington, S.C., five of the top 10 drivers in [...]

Hood: Happy Birthday, Davey, And A Big Thanks
Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 – 7:58 | 4 Comments
Hood: Happy Birthday, Davey, And A Big Thanks

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There was little fanfare on Friday over what would have been the late Davey Allison’s 50th birthday as activities got underway for this weekend’s NASCAR tripleheader in Phoenix.
Much of the talk centered on NASCAR’s newest star, 20-year-old Trevor Bayne, who pulled off a memorable victory in the Wood Brothers’ No. [...]

Daytona Notes: Cuppers Take Breath
Friday, Feb 18, 2011 – 18:11 | Comments Off
Daytona Notes: Cuppers Take Breath

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The racing surface at Daytona International Speedway was a lonely place on Friday as just 12 Sprint Cup drivers chose to participate in the two practice sessions leading into Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Jeff Burton set the pace in the first round of practice. Mark Martin was fastest [...]

It Appears We Have A Favorite
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 – 20:36 | Comments Off
It Appears We Have A Favorite

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Kurt Busch continued showing a hot hand during the stock car portion of Speedweeks by winning the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona on Thursday.

The 2004 Sprint Cup champion earned his first restrictor plate win in Saturday night’s Bud Shootout on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Busch will lineup third [...]

Hood: It’s Not Just The Racing That Has Changed
Thursday, Feb 10, 2011 – 6:00 | 6 Comments
Hood: It’s Not Just The Racing That Has Changed

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Word arrived via e-mail last Thursday that I’m now Facebook friends with Chase Elliott, a 15-year-old who may be the most-talented driver in the country not yet eligible to compete in NASCAR because of
his age.
I go onto Facebook three or four times each week. So I don’t consider myself a Facebook junkie.
When I do log in, one of [...]

Hood: Ten 500s Which Will Never Be Forgotten
Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 – 9:11 | 3 Comments
Hood: Ten 500s Which Will Never Be Forgotten

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The last time Daytona International Speedway was paved the year was 1978 and NASCAR was considered a regional sport at best. A few months later, the fresh coat of asphalt helped produce a memorable Daytona 500 that thrust NASCAR into the national spotlight.
After a series of potholes developed during last year’s Great American [...]

Hood: Living Rooms Are Full Of Potential Snitches
Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 – 9:07 | 2 Comments
Hood: Living Rooms Are Full Of Potential Snitches

A professional golfer is disqualified from a tournament after a TV viewer notices a rules violation and tips off the PGA.
Could a similar scenario play out during a NASCAR event?
Camilo Villegas received a jolt on his 29th birthday a week ago in Hawaii after learning he had been disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. He was told that someone watching [...]

Hood: Hot Topics Will Make For A Tour De Force
Saturday, Jan 8, 2011 – 9:04 | One Comment
Hood: Hot Topics Will Make For A Tour De Force

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The stock car portion of Speedweeks at Daytona gets under way in five weeks when the press assembles for media day prior to the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 12.
A large contingent of drivers will be made available to the media during a day-long function, which will result in print and electronic stories [...]

Hood: Anybody Have Directions To Perfection?
Sunday, Jan 2, 2011 – 9:17 | 2 Comments
Hood: Anybody Have Directions To Perfection?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the lengthy history of NASCAR, have we been treated to a perfect race?
It all depends on how you define perfection.
Richmond International Raceway, arguably one of the most competitive tracks on the NASCAR circuit, bills its facility and events as Racing Perfection.
But it was at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2009 when Jimmie Johnson proceeded to pace each [...]