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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

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

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 on Hood: A Day Full Of Highlights At Talladega
Hood: A Day Full Of Highlights At Talladega

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
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 on Hood: Greetings From The Adult Version Of Disney World
Hood: Greetings From The Adult Version Of Disney World

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 […]

Kyle Busch Rolls On In Thunder Valley
Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 – 16:14 | One Comment
Kyle Busch Rolls On In Thunder Valley

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – Kyle Busch’s mastery of Bristol Motor Speedway is still intact.
The 25-year-old driver held off Carl Edwards and led 153 laps on Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Jeff Byrd 500.
It was Busch’s second consecutive weekend sweep and fifth straight NASCAR win on the .533-mile concrete oval.
Edwards managed […]

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 on New Point System Has Truck Series All Shook Up
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. […]