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Rick Minter, Senior Writer

Rick Minter joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1991, where he covered motorsports as well as serving as a bureau chief. From 2000-2008 he focused on racing exclusively, traveling the NASCAR circuit as the paper’s motorsports writer and winning awards from several organizations including the Georgia20 Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association and the City of Atlanta. Minter and his wife Joanne live on the family farm in Inman, Ga. In his spare time he collects and restores antique tractors and trucks.

Articles by Rick Minter

TV Guys Won’t Be Strangers To The Cup Garages
Friday, Jan 10, 2014 – 12:19 | Comments Off
TV Guys Won’t Be Strangers To The Cup Garages

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte are headed to new jobs as NBC broadcasters, but in many ways they’re remaining on the same side of the NASCAR fence.
They’ll still be a part of the fraternity of competitors. They’ll still be spending weekends living in the same motorcoach [...]

Crew Chief Letarte To Switch To TV After 2014
Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Crew Chief Letarte To Switch To TV After 2014

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a surprise announcement, crew chief Steve Letarte, who has been leading Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team at Hendrick Motorsports, is leaving pit road to be a TV analyst for NBC, beginning with the 2015 season when the network returns to the sport.
”I’ve always been impressed with [...]

Some Prefer Traditional Route To Success At DIS
Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Some Prefer Traditional Route To Success At DIS

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Driving into Daytona International Speedway for the 2014 version of preseason testing, there are visible signs of a major renovation of the facility. Well, sort of.
The cranes being used to remake the frontstretch seating area were mostly obscured by fog and low clouds for much of [...]

Race Day Not All R and R For Ryan Newman
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 – 18:52 | One Comment
Race Day Not All R and R For Ryan Newman

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: RacinToday.com’s Rick Minter has been granted full access to driver Ryan Newman and is spending the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway reporting on the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. The following is the third installment in a three-part series by Minter on Newman. Click for Part One and Two)
HAMPTON, Ga. [...]

Newman Warms Up For Talladega In Atlanta
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 – 18:20 | One Comment
Newman Warms Up For Talladega In Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: RacinToday.com’s Rick Minter has been granted full access to driver Ryan Newman and is spending the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway reporting on the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. The following is the second of a three-part series by Minter on Newman. Click  for part one and three.)
HAMPTON, Ga. – [...]

Newman Keeping It Cool On Hot Atlanta Friday
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 – 19:51 | 2 Comments
Newman Keeping It Cool On Hot Atlanta Friday

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: RacinToday.com’s Rick Minter has been granted full access to driver Ryan Newman and is spending the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway reporting on the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. The following is the first of a three-part series by Minter on Newman. Click for Part Two and Three)
HAMPTON, Ga. – [...]

‘True Truth’ To Be A Casualty Of Hamlin’s Penalty?
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 – 15:47 | 5 Comments
‘True Truth’ To Be A Casualty Of Hamlin’s Penalty?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Denny Hamlin declared a victory of sorts over NASCAR in his first session with the media since it was revealed that he wouldn’t appeal his $25,000 fine for his comments about the racing at Phoenix International Raceway and that NASCAR would deduct the fine from his future [...]

This Georgia Driver Didn’t Have To Fake Success
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 – 11:00 | 3 Comments
This Georgia Driver Didn’t Have To Fake Success

When the press releases and news reports about Tia Norfleet planning to be the first black female to race in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series came out, long-time followers of the Georgia short track scene likely thought: “Here we go again.”
Back around 2000, Norfleet’s father Bobby Norfleet showed up for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway with similar [...]

Free Speech Has A Long Tradition In NASCAR
Friday, Mar 8, 2013 – 9:15 | 3 Comments
Free Speech Has A Long Tradition In NASCAR

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In light of NASCAR’s $25,000 fine imposed on Denny Hamlin for his mild criticism of the Generation-6 race car and the kind of racing it produced at Phoenix last week, racing that saw Carl Edwards lead the final 78 laps without a serious challenge and others complaining about the difficulty of [...]

There Was No MarioMania At Daytona In ‘67
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 – 12:56 | 3 Comments
There Was No MarioMania At Daytona In ‘67

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In an era in which the entire sport of NASCAR seems to roll out the red carpet, so to speak, for cross-over open-wheel drivers like Danica Patrick and Juan Pablo Montoya, it’s hard to imagine that it wasn’t always that way.
Among the career accomplishments of the great Mario Andretti is a [...]