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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

Helton Chats Points, Double Dips
Friday, Jan 21, 2011 – 13:57 | One Comment
Helton Chats Points, Double Dips

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – NASCAR officials indicated Friday that there will be some tweaking of the rules for the 2011 season, but they didn’t offer many details that weren’t already widely known.
NASCAR president Mike Helton confirmed what drivers have already said about being able to compete in just one national [...]

Elliott’s New Number Has A Long Family History
Friday, Jan 21, 2011 – 7:55 | 7 Comments
Elliott’s New Number Has A Long Family History

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – For long-time NASCAR fans, the idea of seeing Bill Elliott in anything other than a No. 9 Ford or Mercury just doesn’t seem right. But as Elliott begins the season in James
Finch’s No. 09 Chevrolet, some things aren’t really new at all.
For starters, Elliott has driven [...]

Stewart Hashes Over His Run-In Down Under
Thursday, Jan 20, 2011 – 15:18 | Comments Off
Stewart Hashes Over His Run-In Down Under

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The NASCAR racing boys got back to work on Thursday, in the garage, on the race track and in the media center at Daytona International Speedway.
The morning was devoted to single-car runs, while the early part of the afternoon session saw drivers running in two-car packs, [...]

Elliott Set To Put On Chevy Bow Tie
Monday, Jan 17, 2011 – 16:04 | 4 Comments
Elliott Set To Put On Chevy Bow Tie

Bill Elliott’s late father, George Elliott, was as loyal a Ford supporter as they came. His sons went on to carry the banner for Ford Racing in the 1980s, and Bill Elliott spent the last four seasons driving Ford’s most famous car, the No. 21 of the Wood Brothers Race team.
But when testing opens at [...]

Minter: Roosevelt Johnson A Hero On And Off The Drag Strip
Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 – 10:45 | One Comment
Minter: Roosevelt Johnson A Hero On And Off The Drag Strip

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Most folks don’t get into the sports reporting business for the money. They do it for chances to write about people like Roosevelt Johnson.
Johnson, one of the South’s pioneering drag racers, died this week at the age of 80. I interviewed him several times over the years, visited in his [...]

Rex White Gets “Another Win”
Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 – 17:04 | 6 Comments
Rex White Gets “Another Win”

Birmingham, Ala. – Rex White, NASCAR’s oldest living champion of the series now known as Sprint Cup, wasn’t about to let Atlanta’s treacherous, icy roads stop him from making his noontime appointment in Birmingham.
The 80-year-old driver skillfully steered his Mercury across icy patches and through nearly frozen slush and arrived at a Birmingham hotel in [...]

Minter: ‘Big Event’ Feel Is What Races Are Missing
Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011 – 7:53 | 6 Comments
Minter: ‘Big Event’ Feel Is What Races Are Missing

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Christmas/New Year’s holidays are times for reflection, and as I’ve listened to NASCAR radio shows and read stories on the Internet where “experts” weigh on what NASCAR needs to do to reinvigorate its fan base, I keep thinking back to an interview I did a couple of years ago [...]

Independent Action: RAB Takes Big Step Forward
Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 – 8:11 | 2 Comments
Independent Action: RAB Takes Big Step Forward

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For those who would like to see NASCAR’s Nationwide Series be something more than mostly Cup Lite, there was a bit of encouraging news last week.
Independent Nationwide car owners Robby Benton and Brack Maggard, the guys who pulled off a major upset when they won at Montreal this past season [...]

Cup Teams Won’t Catch Johnson By Standing Still
Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 – 15:09 | One Comment
Cup Teams Won’t Catch Johnson By Standing Still

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If anything can be learned from the past five Sprint Cup seasons, it’s that staying the course isn’t the way to stop Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 team when it comes time to decide the season championship.
Many a driver has said that they don’t really change their approach once [...]

Minter: Clark’s Voice Makes You Feel At Home
Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 – 7:15 | 2 Comments
Minter: Clark’s Voice Makes You Feel At Home

Looking back on this and other seasons of races past, the things that really stand out are the sights and sounds of the racing atmosphere. And one of the things that makes a race track experience enjoyable, as much as anything, is a good track announcer.
No matter how the races are going down on the [...]